As Kate Middleton is waiting for the day to go to the hospital this weekend for the second royal baby’s birth, her husband Prince William finished his rescue pilot training on time “earlier than expected” and returned to be at her side during the delivery time.
Prince William (the Duke) was undergoing training as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance in Norfolk till yesterday and his brother Prince Harry too returned on Sunday. Prince Harry is expected to return to Australia on Monday, where he is serving in the army.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) have returned to Kensington Palace to prepare for the birth of their second baby, possibly a sister for Prince George on Saturday and she will be admitted to the St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on Thursday or Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s Kensington Palace said Prince William will have 6-week paternity leave to be around when his baby is born. The Royal Palace said the second in line to the throne had finished the training “earlier than expected” and hence there is no need for a 2-week leave as expected earlier.
Meanwhile, decks are cleared at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, few minutes drive from the Kensington Palace and the hospital has ear-marked parking at the hospital premises to avoid any security lapse. The slots for the media, including TV camera crew from all over the world have been demarcated, similar to preparations for the first royal baby two years ago.
Though Prince William and Kate Middleton are tight-lipped about the sex of the baby thouhg Kate Middleton had earlier hinted that it would be a baby girl. Their first baby Prince George was born in July 2013 in the same hospital and he is the third heir-apparent to the British throne after his father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles. His great-grand mother Queen Elizabeth is the current Queen. Prince Harry will be pushed to the fifth place in the order now.
William and Kate Middleton have issued a statement earlier that they are “hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the UK and indeed around the world over the last few months.”
The baby will be delivered by Marcus Setchell, gynaecologist to the Royal Household. Last time, obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston was in-charge when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Prince George on July 22, 2013.
Besides Prince George, his father Prince William was also born in 1982 in St. Mary’s and Prince Harry, his uncle and younger brother of Prince William was also born in the same hospital in 1984 to Prince Charles and Diana.
Once the baby is born, there will be a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery though the basic royal salute is 21 rounds. It will be conducted in Green Park, a royal park, and an extra 20 rounds will be fired for it.
At the Tower of London, 62 rounds will be fired, the basic 21 and another 20 as the Tower being a Royal Palace and an additional 21 for the “city of London”. Union jacks or British flags will also be flown at all the government buildings, Royal Naval ships, and defence establishments after the baby’s birth.