I am not trying to cause undue (happy) panic or excited hyperventilation, but there has been some action at the Lindo Wing. Kate has not been admitted, to our knowledge, but this morning Nick Loughran, deputy communications secretary, was spotted at the Lindo Wing, and police presence has appeared to increase. Certainly, we have seen members of Kate's team pop down before over the past month, and security checks have been routine, but there does seem to be a certain excitement right now.
Of course, a stopped clock is right twice a day. This baby has to come at some point, and Kate did say she was due mid-late April. I think the common consensus is that the Duchess if likely overdue, but how much, no one knows. The likelihood that she will induce is very high, if she has passed her due-date.
Yesterday, Niraj Tanna reported seeing PPOs near Paddington, prompting intense speculation that Kate had been admitted, but it seems that was a security test run. Still, if Kate has decided to induce, the timing might now be carefully planned.
In what was a very sweet gesture--literally and figuratively--the Cambridges sent the super-fans who have been camped outside the Lindo Wing, hot coffee and pastries this morning. I don't think they picked these up at the local Dunkin' Donuts (no offense to DD) because they looked quite gourmet and entirely drool worthy. Rebecca English of The Daily Mail confirmed that the Cambridges said they'd seen the news reports about the cluster of royalists waiting for the Royal Baby and wanted to offer a gesture that made clear they were "thinking of them."
Royal reporters have been broadcasting live using Periscope, Twitter's relatively new live-feed app. It has been amusing and a lot of fun to enjoy their banter and camaraderie in a more relaxed medium. It has also been a clever way of getting around the no-broadcasting rules, and giving fans the live reports most are craving after the last pregnancy's 24-hour news cycle. This morning, several reporters are suggesting they suspect the royal baby is imminent.
So, stay calm, carry on, but stay tuned! It wouldn't be a bad bet to guess Kate might be admitted today! Don't forget that
year four years ago today, we were just as excited...maybe more so, as Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton were set to marry the next day!