to begin with, the hospital has put up parking restriction in the hospital premises in west London to avoid any security lapse later. Next, the slots for the media, including TV cameras will be demarcated, similar to preparations for the first royal baby two years ago.
Officials are making preparations to provide space to international media, expected to descend ahead of the baby’s birth. Though Prince William and Kate Middleton are tight-lipped about the sex of the baby, it is widely hinted earlier that a baby girl is expected this time.
The first baby Prince George was born in July 2013 and he is the third heir-apparent to the British throne after his father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles. His great-grand mother is the current Queen.
To be precise, the baby is due around the weekend of April 25 or 26 but neither the hospital, nor the Royal Palace has confirmed the exact date so far. The second baby will be fourth in line to the throne pushing her uncle Prince Harry to the fifth place.
William and Kate Middleton have reported said in a statement that they are “hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the UK and indeed around the world over the last few months.”
A spokesman said:“They know that people are excited that Prince George will soon have a little brother or sister and it means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family.”
Prince William is currently undergoing training to be an air ambulance pilot in Norwich, rarely a two hour 160-km drive from their base in Staverton, Gloucestershire. However, he is likely to take 2 weeks of paternity leave, a modern tradition he ushered in last time. Prince Phillip was playing squash when Charles was born. After the paid leave offered by the Ministry of Defence, he will return to his training as an RAF search and rescue pilot.
The baby will be delivered by Marcus Setchell, gynaecologist to the Royal Household. Last time, obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston was in-charge when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Prince George on July 22, 2013.
Besides Prince George, his father Prince William was also born in 1982 in the same hospital and Prince Harry, younger brother of Prince William was also born here in 1984 to Prince Charles and Diana.
There will be a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery after the birth. Though the basic royal salute is 21 rounds, since it will be conducted in Green Park, a royal park, an extra 20 rounds will be fired.
At the Tower of London, 62 rounds will be fired, the basic 21 and another 20 as the Tower is a Royal Palace and an additional 21 for the “city of London”. Union jacks will also be flown at all the government buildings, Royal Naval ships, and defence establishments after the baby’s birth.