LONDON – Prince George and Princess Charlotte will soon have a little sister or a little brother. On Monday morning, London time, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, 36, went into the early stages of labor and was taken to the Lindo wing of the Marienkrankenhaus, the same place where she had her other two children, Kensington Palace , Her husband, Prince William, 35, was at her side.
Despite the overshadowing of this other upcoming royal event, the noise surrounding the birth of the royal baby has increased in recent weeks.
This is largely due to park authorities
Kensington Palace said the baby was due in April, but they never gave it their exact due date. But at the beginning of this month, yellow signs appeared outside the Lindo Wing. April announced park restrictions due to an "event". As students of royal baby births know, this was code for the Royal. Infant. Clock. Is.
A group of die-hard royal fans quickly turned into Union Jack clothing and immediately made their way to St. Mary's Hospital, just a short drive from Dukes and Ducess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. For days they have been sleeping on benches and in tents outside the hospital, talking to journalists with baby names and looking at the door of the private maternity ward where Kate is going to give birth.
"If it's a boy, they might call it Philip Michael, Philip after the Duke, and Michael after Catherine's father," mused John Loughrey, 63. "If it's a girl, it would be nice if she did call it Elizabeth, the Queen or Victoria or Mary, "he said.
The former chef has slept in a red tent outside the Lindo Wing since 9 April, along with a handful of other royal fans. He also said that the staff at the hospital were generous and offered them showers of coffee and food.
Certainly, the royal infant fever never really rose when Kate, as the Duchess is called, gave birth to her first child. Yes, the British satirical magazine "Private Eye" published on the front page "Woman Has Baby" in response to the birth of George, but their delightfully ironic reaction was to be expected.
But a royal baby is still a royal baby, even if it's the third. Attention will soon be drawn to the name of Baby Cambridge, which may not be announced immediately. George was two days old when the world heard of his name.
Fortunately, British bookmakers who are betting on almost everything are here to fill this gap. If the baby is a girl then Alice, Mary and Victoria are the hot favorites. If a boy, then Arthur, Albert and Jack are top picks. And to be fair to the bookmakers, George and Charlotte were two of their favorites for the other Cambridge kids.
"Alice is trendy for the middle and upper classes at the moment – it's not quite boring like Elizabeth or Mary and the other a kind of name known to Royals," said Rupert Adams, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill , He said that for Prince George they took about 1 million pounds in bets; for Charlotte it was about 800,000 pounds.
"We would be pleased if we got 600,000 this time," he said. "It's the third child."
Last year, William resigned as an air ambulance pilot and he and Kate took the family from their Norfolk home and moved to Kensington Palace in central London. George started last year in Battersea in south London, and at the beginning of the year Charlotte started in a kindergarten near the palace.
The latest edition of the Cambridge family will be in fifth place after Charlemagne, William, George and Charlotte. The new hereditary laws that came into effect in 2015 mean that the new baby will not overtake Charlotte, even if it's a boy.
Prince Harry will unfortunately drop one level down the line. But we suspect he will not be out of the limelight of the media too long. Within seconds of hearing that Kate had been hospitalized, Twitter broke out for the party. The hashtag #RoyalBaby started to trend in the UK. Others used the hashtag # GreatKateWait3 to share their excitement and speculate as to whether William and Kate's third child would be a boy or a girl.
The third baby's gender was not the only thing debated in the social media on Monday morning. Many wondered how much the Royal Baby would weigh, when he or she would arrive, and what the all-important name would be.
"My guess – boy named Arthur or Jack," wrote one user. "Prince George weighed 8lb 6oz and a Princess Charlotte 8lb 3oz, so I'd like to change my #royalbaby weight prediction to 8 lbs," tweeted another.
Others were a little less traditional in their views and opinions. "I tell you, it will be Thor or She-Ra #royalbaby #YouHeardItHereFirst."
When Royal Baby Fever exploded in the UK, some seemed less confused. "The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant, I did not know," wrote a Twitter user.