LIVE STREAM: The Royal Baby Watch From St. Mary’s Hospital, Lindo Wing, West London
UPDATE (7/23/2013, 12:57 p.m.): Link restored after outtage.
UPDATE (7/22/2013, 2:37 p.m.): It is a boy, 8 lbs. and 6 oz.; it was born around 4:24 p.m. GMT, 11:24 a.m. Central Time. No name yet, but we will find out soon enough. As you can see, the attention below has shifted to Buck House and then back to the hospital, along with some interesting aerial shots. I wish both Kate and Will—especially Kate—some much needed rest. They’re going to be some hands-on parents, with some assistance from nannies, but it’s going to get really interesting as it always does. Now comes the hard part. Enjoy.
UPDATE (7/22/2013, 1:35 p.m.): HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is still in labor after some 13 hours. It is now about 7 in London right now, near the close of the hottest day of the year for those awaiting the birth outside, either at Buckingham Palace or at St. Mary’s Hospital. People are really getting sweaty and burned (if they don’t have sunblock). If the baby isn’t born within four hours, says a Tweet from the Royal Review, the announcement easel goes back behind Buckingham Palace walls until early tomorrow morning. The Queen will not be awakened for the birth if it occurs overnight, and no 62-gun salutes will commence until the following day. Which sounds just about right.
UPDATE (7/22/2013, 7:21 a.m.): HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is at the hospital having started her labor. She and Prince William did enter the Lindo Wing through the rear Mary Stanford entrance around 2:30 a.m. Central Time by car entourage. The labor may last upwards to 12 hours. Remember, the U.K. is on Greenwich Mean Time, therefore this blog is six hours behind on Central Time in the U.S. It is already mid-afternoon there. The link from You Tube is back on after several hours of being off-service.)
This feed is from a site called BlowtorchVS, and is from You Tube. As you can see, nothing is happening. Sometimes there will be nothing but a black screen and then a message. If you get a picture of St. Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing, the maternity ward where the baby is expected to be born, with some activity like people walking past, the sound has been muted. Conserving energy, because all those hundreds of videocams require their own generators.
Why all the cameras trained on this entrance to St. Mary’s? Because some 30-odd years ago, Prince Charles and Princess Diana went through these doors, and later brought out their newborn son Prince William to the world. This scene was repeated for the spare heir, Prince Henry, known as Harry.
I tried a feed from Reuters, but it has moved on to some other topics. The popular feed links are from Murdoch’s rag, The Sun, which seems to have jumped the gun, from Gossip Cop, and from The Daily Telegraph, but their code is either nonexistent or is in script, which is incompatible with WordPress.com. If this feed fails, I will try to find another, but there is no countdown. Rather, expectations have gone up and down and bets with the bookies have gone sour. Don’t worry. The feeds will spring into life once something happens.
All I can think of is this woman, and how happy she would have been at this moment, had she lived.
I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if they induce. But I was a late first baby, too. It may take a plate of Dooky Chase’s best to wake up this baby.
Even The Queen herself, who is scheduled to go on summer vacation at Balmoral Castle in Scotland this weekend, wants the birth to happen soon without having to wait several weeks to see her great-grandchild who will be heir/ess and third in line to the throne. If this is a royal female, for the first time ever this princess will not lose her place in the succession with the appearance of a brother.
Last thing I heard, William and Catherine were at her parents’ house in Bucklebury; and then there was some kind of media flurry that perhaps she would have the baby in a countryside setting in a hospital close to the Middletons. Nah, I don’t think so. I think that she has been gently smuggled into the Hospital, away from the full view of the cameras here. I doubt whether they are going to show Kate suffering through the last pangs of labor being rushed through that door. Might give all other pregger commoners some reassurance that at least royal Kate is mortal and can feel everything that they will, too. However, it’s an invasion of privacy. It’s all kinds of wrong, if you ask me.
I think that it is going to be another boy. Kate let that slip accidentally in the first months of her pregnancy while on tour, so I think that the secret is already out. Nevertheless, I think that it is all wonderful. Even in the Tarot cards, the ace means new beginnings, and in this case, a child.
- Prince William plays polo as baby watch heats up (sacbee.com)
- Waiting for the royal baby is boring (o.canada.com)
- Table Talk: The Royal Baby Is Almost Here (huffingtonpost.com)
- Could the royal baby be born in Reading? World’s media might be at wrong hospital (metro.co.uk)
- Royal baby: lookalikes and bets for a Leo cause media frenzy outside Lindo Wing (telegraph.co.uk)
- The ‘Great Kate Wait:’ One Reporter’s View From Outside The Lindo Wing (celebuzz.com)