Royal baby expected during William, Kate wedding anniversary
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton may be induced to give birth to her baby during her fourth wedding anniversary.
Kate, who was due to give birth mid to end of April, is said to have discussed the option of being induced with her doctors.
According to The Telegraph, Doctors at the Lindo Wing, the private maternity ward at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where the Duchess will give birth carried out a scan and were to wait up to two weeks past her due date before inducing her.
“Several reports have suggested that the Duchess’s due date was on Saturday (April 25), but Whitehall sources have told The Telegraph they were briefed that the due date was actually Thursday, April 23,” said the newspaper.
The St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington closed a surgical unit ahead of the birth of the royal baby after eight people were infected with CPE (carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae) in April 15.
Despite the scare, Kate is still set to have her baby in the hospital’s Lindo Wing, where she also gave birth to Prince George in 2013.
The Lindo Wing costs patients more than £5,000 for the first 24 hours of a delivery, and an additional £1,000 per additional night.
Princess Anne, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Michael of Kent are among the royals who were also born there.
Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and his pregnant wife are reported to have sent two boxes of breakfast pastries and coffee to ardent supporters who have been camping outside the hospital awaiting the birth of the royal baby.
Well-wishers believe the royal baby – who will be fourth in line to the throne, the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild and a younger brother or sister for George – could be a girl after the parcels arrived at the hospital wrapped in pink ribbon.