Last October, Kensington Palace confirmed that Kate Middleton would be expecting her third baby in April 2018. But the Royal Baby has not arrived yet. So just when exactly will the Royal Family welcome its newest member?
It may be sooner rather than later, according to PEOPLE. The hospital where Kate Middleton will deliver the baby has announced a temporary parking restriction outside, including an area marked for media. So far this is the clearest sign of the due date, which is now predicted at April 23.
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 @people pic.twitter.com/7Lc7jwgYbc
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) April 9, 2018
The two previous times Kate gave birth, with George in 2013 and Charlotte in 2015, the hospital put up “No Parking” signs more than two weeks before she gave birth. Another similarity? The medical team led by Dr. Guy Thorpe-Beeston and Dr. Alan Farthing, both of whom led the team for Charlotte’s delivery will be on hand for this next birth.
When Kate does finally give birth (has it really only been nine months?), the public will likely hear about it through social media, specifically from the active Twitter account of Kensington Palace. Nothing will be known outside the baby’s gender, weight, and time of birth. However, that announcement will only be made after Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the Royal Family has first been informed. According to PEOPLE, the latest they will make the announcement is 10 p.m. UK time (5 pm EST). Should the birth occur in the middle of the night, the earliest they will make an announcement is 9 a.m. UK time (4 am EST).
Of course, any birth includes expected flexibility with the exact due date. If the Royal Baby is born April 21, the child will share a birthday with the Queen, who turns a spry 92 this year. Another anniversary of note is April 29, which is the seventh wedding anniversary of William and Kate.