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Royal baby watch: Fireworks frenzy in London as Kate's due date approaches

William and Kate attend the celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013 in London
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Things are heating up in London as William and Kate are getting ready for that royal baby to arrive very soon. It looks like the fireworks are not only going off in the United States for the fourth of July, but in London as well. The royals are not the only ones preparing for the little bundle of joy, but the media are getting themselves in position to mark their spot in the frenzy of photographers, as reported by People on July 3.

It sounds like St. Mary’s Hospital in London is all set for the Duchess to go into labor. There is now a no parking zone for the whole month of July around the Lindo Wing of the hospital. They have also allowed the media to rush in to get that perfect spot across the street to be able to snap that first baby photograph. It all started on Monday and will continue until William and Kate step out with the wee little one in their arms.

It is said that ladders for the photographers are set up 40 feet away from the front door of the hospital so that when William and Kate emerge for the first time with the royal baby, their shutters will be heard around the world.

"We all want a front row position to see history in the making and to record the first appearance of William and Kate's new baby," said Mark Stewart, one of the photographers who took one of those coveted spots. "There is quite a limited space to see that front door properly so you have to get in there early. It's one of the biggest stories in the world right now and everybody wants to get a good vantage point."

The royal medical team, including the Queen’s surgeon gynecologist Dr. Marcus Setchell, is said to also be ready when he gets the call straight from the palace to make the special delivery.

As for William and Kate, the royal couple seems to be laying low and probably just enjoying their last moments alone together before their household is full of baby cries and plenty of diaper changes. The Duchess of Cambridge has been seen doing a bit of shopping and spending some time at her parents’ home. As the due date is drawing closer, Prince William will be taking time off from his duties as a rescue helicopter pilot to be with his wife. Of course, if Kate unexpectedly goes into labor while William is away at work, the palace has set up a plan to get him back quickly.

The royal baby watch continues, so stay tuned because it will be the announcement heard around the world as the fireworks will go off in London.


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