Well, it's certainly been quite a day for royal watchers! I thought I'd write a brief post updating you on the events (and the non-event) of the day. The Duchess was photographed as seen below, we'll tell you all about that a little later in the post.
It all kicked off just before 7 am this morning when sightings of royal protection officers were reported. RPO's had carried out several checks in recent days and the Duchess is now said to be "several days overdue".
|Sky's Paul Harrison Twitter Feed|
I can tell you there was quite a bit of excitement on social media (myself included).
Alas, 8 am came and went and there was no official confirmation. It was the first of several false alarms throughout the day. A little later in the morning reports of an ambulance at Kensington Palace came through, but thankfully they were false, as that wouldn't be indicative of the normal process - all going well. As a tweet from The Royal Record above stated, the atmosphere has been very intense today, and everyone is expecting it to happen at any moment.
There has been a significantly increased presence at the Lindo Wing, including media and police with sniffer dogs today.
|James Whatling Twitter Feed|
William and Kate didn't fail to notice the number of royal fans who have been waiting for days - even weeks - to see the couple leave the hospital with their second child. Fans at the Lindo Wing were delighted when Kensington Palace staff delivered two boxes of croissants and Danish pastries wrapped in pink ribbons and coffees from a local coffee shop.
They knocked on the tent and said, "We have a present from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge". Royal fan Kathy Martin took delivery of one of the boxes.
The Palace confirmed William and Kate wanted them to know they saw news reports about people camping out and "were thinking of them". I thought it a very considerate gesture and a lovely surprise for those waiting. You can watch a short video here.
|Rebecca English Twitter Feed|
Indeed, members of the media have been feeling quite anxious today and made a number of enquiries to the Palace. Rather than answering them all individually press officers, including Nick Loughran, went down to the Lindo Wing to "relax the media and have an informal chat". Although they insisted there was no news, this was seen as another hint the big moment was about to come...
|Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed|
This snippet of information was reassuring for royals fans. More from Dash Royal:
|Dash Royal Twitter Feed|
And just when we thought we couldn't be surprised, photos of Kate driving away from Buckingham Palace after taking George swimming in the Queen's pool emerged. To view the photos in their entirety please visit the Mail Online's article.
|Mail Online Facebook Page|
More from the article:
'As revealed by the Mail last year, Kate is a frequent visitor to Buckingham Palace’s covered pool, used by members of the Royal family and staff, where she is teaching George, aged 21 months, to swim.
Dressed in casual clothes and with her long hair down, the Duchess appeared distinctly unconcerned by the fact that she is now several days overdue, manoeuvring her car carefully past a ten-deep crowd waiting at the gates of the Queen’s official residence for the daily changing of the guard.'
Royal fans cheered as they saw the Range Rover going through. Kate parked her vehicle around the side of the Palace and stayed for about ninety minutes. The Duchess is obviously feeling very relaxed and in good spirits as she goes about her routine as normally as possible before the baby's arrival. It was a very surprising sighting and I have to say I didn't expect to see photos of Kate driving at this stage. There are theories claiming swimming can help induce labour too, and is being considered as another reason for the trip. It's great to see Kate looking so well and calm!
Tomorrow is a very special day on the calendar for the Cambridges. We wish William and Kate a very happy fourth wedding anniversary! Can you all recall the excitement this time four years ago?
Perhaps the 29th will be an even more important date for the family if baby arrives :)
Finally, we'd like to congratulate Deirdre, the winner of a signed copy of The Royal We. Deirdre mentioned Cinderella is her favourite fairytale. Send me an email and I'll coordinate delivery immediately :)