Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s third child could arrive any day now, and the hospital where the duchess will give birth is busy setting up for the big moment.
On Monday, April 9, St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, West London, marked off specific areas for the media and set up crowd barriers to help keep the public at a safe distance. On top of that, temporary parking restrictions have gone into effect in the area. According to People, notices went up around South Wharf Road, indicating that parking has been suspended from April 9 to April 30 for an “event” (AKA the royal baby’s birth).
Simon Perry, People‘s chief foreign correspondent, tweeted two pics of the notices, writing, “Countdown to Baby Cambridge #3 begins. The no parking signs are up outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital, Paddington, London where Kate will give birth later this month.”
Similar measures were taken by the hospital for Prince George’s birth in 2013 and Princess Charlotte’s birth in 2015. Both times, “no parking” signs went up more than two weeks before the babies arrived, so if this time is anything like Duchess Kate’s first two pregnancies, we may still have to wait a couple of weeks for the new royal baby.
Whenever the time comes, St. Mary’s Hospital will be ready. They’ve already slapped a new coat of paint onto the railing outside the Lindo Wing, where Duchess Kate is expected to be photographed with the newborn prince or princess.
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