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Pastries Party the Lindo Wing as Royal Baby Speculation Mounts

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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!



44 comments:

  1. That is so sweet of William and Kate! I loved the pictures of Prince George with his sunglasses! And oh my word does that little man have a lot of hair. I wonder when Kate will decide to have it cut. Thanks for another great post, lovely Jane!

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    1. I assume she will cut it when she has to release the next official picture, which should be sooner rather than later, but who knows! He could get away with it now, if it were combed. That mop is adorable. :)
      Thanks for reading!! This is getting very exciting!

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    2. I hope PG's hair isn't cut fot a while. I like it tousled and slightly wild.

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  2. BabyCambridge#2 is defying odds! Her morning sickness was expected to be much worse with the second pregnancy, but she seemed to have the same "down time" as the first. Also, second babies tend to not be overdue like first babies. Over course there are no rules, just what tends to be trends.

    I think she is either planning to be induced, or she is currently in labour at home or at the hospital. As much as they promised timely updates, I believe they would delay telling us. If it is a long labour, do they really want people in suspense for 24 hours (for example)?

    Will she be given any privacy if she arrives during the daytime? Is there a private entrance that photogs cannot access?

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    1. I think if she can sneak into the hospital and labor through the night while no one knows, that would be preferable. That is what I would do. There is a back entrance, but she was spotted last time, and will likely be spotted this time, unless it is full on dark, but even then...hard to see her getting away with it. Police presence will increase, etc, etc. BUT, if she goes in in the evening, she doesn't have to announce until morning, so it might just be speculation during that time.

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    2. Hopefully time is on her side then, for this pregancy or any future ones. I remember the paprazzi photos of MelB in labour with her last baby. Her husband and another lady were practically carrying her in, and she appeared to be in agony and having trouble walking. I hope it wasn't for a photo op, because I really felt for her being hounded like that through such an intimate experience.

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    3. I agree, Jane. If an induction ends up being the course of action, I predict that she is admitted either very late, or very early in the morning. For example, a 5 AM induction would allow her to enter the hospital under cover of darkness, and KP would have several hours before their 8 AM announcement time. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if that would get delayed for as long as possible.

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  3. Just saw a tweet that Kate was driving George back from a swim lesson today. A confused bystander? Or a pregnant, but not in labour, Kate?

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    1. I didn't see a picture on the tweet, but there is no reason to doubt it! If she is being induced, it is business as usual until time to head to hospital!

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    2. Whether she's being induced or not, it's business as usual. Waiting for labor isn't just sitting around--you go about your daily life until it starts!
      If she is planning an induction at this point, I think they would definitely delay announcement as long as possible, as induced labors tend to be much longer than spontaneous labors. They also bring a higher rate of C-sections and other medical interventions, which makes me think Kate may not be planning an induction. All speculation at this point, but what isn't? We're all just throwing darts wildly and hoping ours sticks when the news is announced! ;)

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    3. Agree with this line of speculation;)

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  4. What a kind gesture! I'm so glad that story got out :) Not long now!

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    1. Why would this post be approved? How very awful Konrad... troll. This should be removed pronto!!!

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    2. What did he say? The comment was deleted. Just curious :)

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  6. :) A little levity is always a good thing... Truth can be stranger than fiction, AND almost anything is possible. That being said, I strongly encourage you, Mr. Osowiecki, to consider further possibilities. It is likely you have missed a few. I can think of several...

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    1. Levity? I did not find that comment funny at any point. SMH

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    2. It was not funny per se. Definitely funny per accidens.

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  7. Sorry Konrad. You were voted off the island. Better luck next time.

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  8. Thank you!! He is lucky this is not 1536 .. the comments would be considered treason... alas into today's world instead of lopping off one's head we can make one disappear with a click πŸ˜†πŸ˜Ž... so much less messy πŸ˜›πŸ˜œ

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  9. Good grief, Konrad!

    ! prefer to think that Kate will actually survive this pregnancy--altho, truthfully, I couldn't care less about this baby, neither did I care about George, before he was born. I CARE about Kate, which is why I am on this site.

    Why are you on this site?

    Women should not be quantified by their ability to give birth.

    JC

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  10. Jane-I can't stand it any longer! ""A year ago today?" Waiting for W&C to get married? Did I read that wrong?
    Otherwise, thank you for keeping us entertained and up-dated. I'm sorry some people have no filters. I'm glad I didn't see
    that remark.

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    1. Haha, oh. my. GOSH! I will never seek higher education in math… Or maybe that is exactly what I need. It’s an annual thing! I am sorry, if you’d known how crazy all the rumors were this morning, you’d forgive me. Are you the one who called me out on three vs four last time? I need to hire you full-time. ;)

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    2. So glad someone said something about that! I was biting my tongue .. I assumed you were 'elsewhere' on the 'this time a year ago'. LOL... Instead I became focused on the Konrad comments.. the island is much happier :-)

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    3. I know how crazy things were. That's why I hesitated to say anything. I finally decided you would not be happy
      if this post went to archive like that.
      I doubt I'm the 3-4 person, but I'll happily take credit for it and forgive you-if you hire me, of course. ha!

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  11. Sonja from BavariaApril 28, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    That's so sweet! Well, I think she knoes that she will most likely have to induce... (my guess: before May 2)

    On your twitter feed, I saw that picture of her driving with george from buckingham palace (the DM article suggested that they were there to use the pool) - I've heard that bathing/swimming can help to induce labour naturally... I hope it helps and that Kate and William will be able to hold their cute baby really soon ^^

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  12. I think the pink ribbon, since it was even pointed out by Rebecca English, was a sign that W&K and their staff are hoping for a girl. I am too, but something tells me it will be a boy. As long as it is healthy, that's what matters. And I think they will have more kids after this one. (Yes, I know, W said two, but.... Once you have two and they are soooo cute, well.... One more doesn't hurt.. Or two more...)

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  13. There's a photo of her driving away from Buckingham Palace, apparently she carefully negotiated the car through the crowds around the Palace gates, ten deep. What a remarkable woman, carrying on as normal, driving in full glare of the cameras, despite the obvious pressure of her royal position, the expectation of so many people re. the impending birth, and being heavily pregnant, overdue etc. It reminds me of an interview with a close friend who was a guest at their wedding, and said that Kate would be 'as cool as a cucumber' as regards her coping with her first royal tour in Canada. She certainly has grit and determination, and an incredible ability to cope, I think, come what may.

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    1. She does have the qualities of remaining cool under pressure. While we know William loves/loved his mother dearly, I think a huge attraction with Kate is she can be that balance and support for him. Another thing she provides for him that his childhood was missing.

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    2. You said it perfectly Liz in London, Kate has an incredible ability to cope under pressure. She is so internally strong, emotionally strong, and peaceful at the same time...she just radiates quiet grace, no matter what - it's really amazing. She inspires me to keep my cool, I don't have to deal with what she does!

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    3. I agree, ladies.

      Kate is a blessing in his life.

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  14. Re. what happened the previous time as regards Kate entering the hospital to give birth to George and the photographer telling all and sundry that he 'didn't want to photograph a pregnant woman in the early stages of labour', was he perhaps advised not to seek payment for publication of his photo? (and perhaps decided he could make more money through describing it all through interviews?) It's difficult to believe that he would want to do the 'honourable' thing and not photograph Kate as taking photos is his profession and he could probably have made a lot of money from the photo......(perhaps the PPOs advised him not to photograph Kate, or she was shielded so, in fact, he didn't manage to photograph her properly anyway?)

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  15. anon from LeominsterApril 28, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    I've wondered all along why Kate is thought to be late. She said herself it could be up to the end of April and these other dates all seem to have been more speculation than anything else. I really don't think she would go out with George at a farm or go shopping if she was seriously overdue. Going into labour while out with George might alarm him and, while, I don't like to be graphic, I don't think kate would want labour to start while she was in a shop. I think her due date might actually be coming right up in the next day or two - and that she isn't really late.

    Because of the elections and all the silly speculation that would have been out there about what a "baby bounce" might mean, I suspect the royal family hasn't really encouraged thinking that the baby could actually be due at the beginning of May. It might be better for the world just to think he/she was late.

    I rather hope for tomorrow as it is the anniversary but of course it is Uncle Gary's birthday too..,

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    1. Good comment Leo. I agree. Something about May 1st is speaking to me. A May-Day baby. That would be sweet. Also, because May is my birth month. hehe

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    2. Leo, can you please tell me why the royal baby would give a "bounce" to one candidate/party over another? Is there a "republican movement" candidate running? Since the Monarchy is neutral on politics, what difference does it make? Just interested!

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    3. The press seem to believe that the birth of the baby will bring a "feel good" factor, which is said to favour the government in power.
      Seems rather an odd idea to me--one thing I feel certain of the baby will not be named David or Edward or any other names associated with any of the politicians.
      The "no parking" has been extended to May 4

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    4. Maggie-this change in birth month has yet to be confirmed by KP. One newspaper headline seems to quote the
      Cambridges as confirming this. Read the article.That is assumed because the parking restrictions have reportedly
      been changed; (I haven't seen it myself yet) which hasn't been confirmed as ordered by KP.
      The "bump" idea (excuse me- "bounce-" I've heard the bump word one too many times) speculation, of course. I agree it is an odd idea, but certainly within the realm of possibility.
      It is hard to believe anyone would time a baby's birth to influence an election. Pretty tricky business, but if
      cloning is possible, I guess target-date pregnancy is.
      The whole idea is laughable.

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  16. I think the latter. He figured there would be royal repercussion, so take the high moral road. Be kind, and just reap benefits from telling the story. I think the baby isn't coming until the first week of May. Full moon is MAY 4th. P.G. Cheeks came on July 22, which was the full moon. So..maybe? As far as induction l, doctors in the states most likely only induce when one is 40 plus weeks. If you calculate from September 8, which she was almost 6 weeks, that puts her due date between April 25 to May 4. Just saying, I don't think detail would do a dry run a day before. They would have it practiced like a well oiled machine. This of course is what I have to tell myself to keep from going into a tizzy!

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  17. According to a tabloid quote of someone quoting someone quoting a remark Catherine supposedly made, she was due
    mid to LATE April. As usually happens with tabloid reports, there is no evidence this was ever confirmed by KP-since she
    said it, why not confirm the statement, if accurate. Confirmed or not, that remark was thrown into the mix, along with
    other speculations and somehow it became fact. I don't understand what point you are trying to make. That the baby was
    timed to be a boost for someone in the election? Or that the baby was probably due at the election time, but KP, Catherine
    lied to keep people from knowing the baby was due in May, during elections? And that they will again lie and say the baby was due in April, but was late? How does the three month scan mid October fit in here? Even for a republican, that would be a huge set of assumptions.


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    1. anon from LeominsterApril 29, 2015 at 9:42 AM

      I'm really not making this up Anonymous. Just to quote one reporter Rayner of the Telegraph said that an election baby could help the conservatives as anything that gives the the country a "feel-good boost so close to polling day" helps the party in power. I think this is nonsense but it's out there.

      No one is using a nasty word like lying and the baby will come when the baby comes. But due dates are extremely variable and the queen is resolutely neutral on elections. Even if she should be asked to form a government with UKIP she would do it. It is less when the baby actually arrives, then the endless press talk that preceeds it.

      Reporters must find something to say and linking the baby and election would be a hot topic. I remember last time with George the interviews with mums that were due around the same time, the endless interviews with midwives. With the election pending, an election date due baby would be a huge gift to the press - but not to the nation. If a due date of the first week of May had been put forward, they would have been speculating about it for months.

      No one is lying. The palace doesn't announce due dates. They just said April and the baby may well come in the next two days. Kate herself said it could be the end of April. She doesn't look like she's running late, and in the last two weeks she hasn't acted like she's running late. She has gone on with her life and why not.

      I'm guessing she's due around May 1. This fits in perfectly well with the scan. But I think all this talk that Kate is vastly late and will need inducing - such an unpleasant thing to be speculating about - may well be overblown and more something coming from the anxious press (who would probably actually prefer the baby to come before the election at this point so they can milk both events to full capacity) then from William and Kate themselves. For those who want to pursue this further here's a link that includes even the issue of what it mean if the royal baby was named Edward. (Very unlikely in my opinion, more due to the uncle than Miliband. David is equally unlikely.)

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/kate-middleton-due-date-is-new-royal-baby-the-most-politically-charged-in-history-10118718.html

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    2. Innuendo is often used to make a statement, give an opinion, without coming out and saying it. It offers the
      speaker the option of backing out, back-pedaling, if attempts are made to clarify his meaning.
      "The royal family hasn't really encouraged thinking.." "It might be better for the world to think he/she was just
      late." One would have to be a member of the royal family, specifically William and Catherine , to know their
      private thoughts. Or a left center newspaper owned by a former Russian KGB officer, perhaps.

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  18. At this point, i'm starting to believe the baby will born just on May

    MC

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