Waiting For Baby Cambridge: How Royal Reporters Pass The Time Outside St. Mary’s Lindo Wing
While we wait and wait (and wait and wait) for HRH Prince/Princess Third-In-Line of Cambridge to arrive, members of the press have been keeping busy on Twitter. Royal reporters Paul Harrison, Max Foster, Melanie Bromley and Tim Ewart have been tweeting from the front lines of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, keeping readers up-to-speed on just how dull the royal waiting game has been.
Photographers and reporters started gathering across the street from the famous Lindo wing on July 1st, popping into a local hardware store to purchase ladders for optimal camera angles. It was at this exact spot 31 years ago that the Prince and Princess of Wales came out of the wing with Prince William, posing for a few photos before being driven off to Kensington Palace.
Despite having not much else to do besides await word from Clarence House that Catherine is in labor, members of the press have been having fun with their allotted sidewalk stations, putting tags on their ladders instructing people not to “feed the photographers” and asking to swap their hardware store purchase for a Mars bar.
According to Hello!, some US networks have ordered security to watch their cameras round the clock, while other outlets are rumored to have paid taxis to permanently park in spots saved for their satellite trucks.
Once the baby is born, a palace official will bring out an envelope containing his or her details out to a waiting car (complete with a police escort), which will then be posted by the gates of Buckingham Palace.