Digital Diary: Waiting for royal baby news outside the hospital in London
Terry Hutt, 79, has been camped out for a week to get a first look at the royal baby. (Melanie Nagy/CTV News)
Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:30PM EDT
Welcome to London's St. Mary's Hospital. This large medical centre first opened its doors to patients in 1851 and it is a place with a rich history.
For example, Alexander Fleming - a scientist awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of penicillin – once worked here.
But these days, another part of this hospital's history is getting a lot of attention. You see, this hospital is home to the private and posh Lindo Wing.
It's where Prince William was born 31 years ago, making him the first future King of England to be born in a hospital.
It's also where the Duchess of Cambridge - Kate Middleton - is due to give birth. More than two weeks ago, preparations for the royal baby's arrival began. Parking was suspended at the main entrance, security was beefed up around the hospital and the windows of the building were frosted for privacy.
With all the preparation comes the media. British and international press teams have been camped outside the Lindo Wing for days now.
There are two main holding pens for the media outside the hospital. Both areas are not very big and to keep your spot you have to have it marked off with tape.
Also in the media holding areas: lots and lots of ladders. These will be used by still photographers.
Everyone wants to get the perfect shot of Kate as she leaves the hospital with her new baby. Like Princess Diana when she left with William, the Duchess is expected to pause briefly for photos before departing.
The first sign that the baby is on its way will be an announcement to the media that Kate has been admitted to hospital. As for how the public will be informed of the birth, that will happen by way of a formal notice.
Staff will take a special bulletin to Buckingham Palace. That notice will be placed in a frame which will sit on an easel at the palace gates. On the notice will be the baby's gender, weight and time of birth.
Members of the public are expected to head to the palace to celebrate the baby's arrival, but there will likely also be a celebrations outside the Lindo Wing.
But it’s not just the media that’s waiting. You see, loyal royal fans have also been camped out at the hospital.
There are about five people who have been hanging around for days now. Terry Hutt is one of them and says he arrived a week ago to claim a spot.
The 79-year-old is a self-proclaimed "life-long royal supporter." Hutt says he never misses a royal moment and "is getting more and more excited by the day" for the baby's arrival.
As for just how long people will have to wait for the infant's arrival - well- there really is no way to tell.
No official due date has been released. The palace only ever said the baby was due in July. So the wait could continue for some time.
Patience is indeed a virtue here at the Lindo Wing.