Royal Baby Watch: The Rules

By on April 13, 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge (nee Kate Middleton) is going to give birth this month, and Royal Baby Watch is officially underway.

Prince William Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

This time, though, will be decidedly different than when The Duchess gave birth to Prince George on July 22, 2013. At that time, Royal Watchers around the globe were going out of their minds with anticipation, and many people spent nearly two weeks watching a video live-stream of a door. (Yes, yours truly included.) Reporters and cameramen (and women) from all over the world sat camped outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London for weeks, anxiously awaiting The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival. Unfortunately for them, The Cambridges managed to sneak in a back entrance without being seen – except by a couple of paparazzi long rumored to be friends with the Middleton family.

Lindo Wing 2013

Global press camped outside of the Lindo Wing for 2 weeks prior to the birth of Prince George.

With the birth of Prince William and Catherine’s second child, the rules will be changed. Press are strictly forbidden from camping out outside of the hospital until it has been announced that The Duchess has been admitted for the birth of the fourth in line to the throne. That’s right – there won’t be any more staring at a door for hours on end.

This means, of course, that the anticipation of the big event might be a bit more timid than it was last time. Last time, royal watchers and the press were absolutely rabid. Watching the door for two weeks caused a lot of false alarms – every time a doctor or nurse walked in or out – or even walked past an interior window – the crowd would titter and cheer, getting excited that the big announcement was coming. When a car came down the road (which was a bit difficult to do, given all of the reporters and broadcasters standing in or near the street) cameras would start clicking away.

From there, the royal birth will follow standard procedures dating back centuries – the announcement will be made that the little prince or princess has been board at Buckingham Palace, where a plaque will be situated near those oh-so-imposing gates. The Queen and the parents of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be notified prior to the public, and the grandparents of the littlest royal will be given the opportunity to visit The Cambridges in the hospital before Kate and the baby are discharged sometime the next day, presuming that everything goes as it should with no complications.

All in all – it seems that The Royal Family, and probably the hospital, learned from their mistakes last time. They knew the world was excited about the impending birth of the future heir, and they allowed everyone to get swept up in the anticipation. However, the excitement caused a huge disruption for the hospital staff and other patients, and they are determined to keep that from happening this time around.

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