It's Day 19 of Royal Baby watch and what a day it's been! What a day indeed. It all began this afternoon with word that William and Kate had left the Middleton home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, where they've been staying since last weekend. Reports quickly emerged that the couple, accompanied by their royal protection officers left by car en route for London. Now you can imagine what we were all
A couple of hours later a car pulled up outside St Mary's, a pregnant brunette stepped out with her partner and approached the front door prompting many to tweet, "Kate's gone in the front door" and "BREAKING NEWS: The Duchess has been admitted to St Mary's".
I was interested to see what the furore was about but hadn't considered for a moment it was actually Kate (it is very, very unlikely she would use the front door, if not out of the question). Members of the media and onlookers quickly swooped in before the lady turned round and was revealed to be a lookalike hired by The Sun to promote their newspaper. The lookalikes opened their coats to reveal t-shirts with the slogan "No1 for Royal Baby News".
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Some found the stunt comical while others (including yours truly) felt it was in very poor taste. We all remember too well how wrong these pranks can go. Who can forget the events that occurred during Kate's stay at the King Edward VII hospital in December. I imagine staff who were treating patients were disrupted, as were patients by the noise outside.
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Most of all everyone was disappointed Kate was not actually in labour! :)
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Shortly after the hysteria calmed down at St. Mary's, The Times journalist David Brown reported armed police had in fact returned to the Middleton family home, meaning it was quite possible William and Kate just popped out for a few hours escorted by their protection officers.
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If you wish to keep up with all the events unfolding outside St. Mary's (Crazy Street as it's now referred to by members of the press) there are two live feeds operating: one at The Telegraph and a Reuters Live Camera. Should you see a sudden increase in police presence it is one of the first indications something is happening.
In other news, Prince William is now on annual leave and won't be returning to his job as a Search and Rescue pilot at RAF Valley until after the baby is born. The Prince plans to take his two weeks statutory paternity leave.
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If you've been keeping up with the latest news, you'll know there's been conflicting coverage about Kate's due date. It is thought the Duchess may be overdue at this point but there has been no official word from the Palace. The other story making headlines, has been reports the Duchess plans to give birth at the Royal Berkshire Hospital; barring an emergency the plan is still for her to give birth at St Mary's.
It has also emerged the emergency services were called to the Middleton family home last night and not for the reason you might think! A 999 call came to the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in Reading just before 6pm requesting animal rescue. When they arrived they were told the dog who had got its head stuck in the gate had been freed moments later.
Photographer Greg Blatchford spoke to The Telegraph:
'I heard someone shouting a name which sounded like "Lupo" and asking the animal to come to heel. Soon after I heard a high-pitched scream which sounded like a dog in distress. I presume that was when they were pulling the poor animal out from between the bars of the gate.'
Clarence House later confirmed Lupo was not the dog involved, it must have been one of the Middleton family dogs. I had a similar experience a few years ago with one of our family dogs. It was terrible to see him in distress and so challenging to free him without hurting him.
Next we share news about a new children's book inspired by William and Kate's romance which may be of interest to the parents among you! Bubblegum Princess author Julie Gribble used a real life chewing gum incident which took place at William's passing out ceremony at Sandhurst as inspiration for the book. The book will go on sale the day Baby Cambridge is born and features illustrations by California-based painter Lori Hanson. The publishers NY Media Works have kindly donated copies to all of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, for which we send our sincerest thanks.
Children do so enjoy colourful books and girls do so enjoy reading about Princesses :) To find out more the official website is here.
Have a wonderful weekend, perhaps it will bring the arrival of Baby Cambridge? I do hope so! :)