The Official Royal Baby Watch Reportedly Starts This Week
According to Kensington Palace, the Duchess of Cambridge is due sometime in April, but royal photographer Tim Rooke recently gave Town & Country some intel that might help narrow down the calendar a bit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2018. pic.twitter.com/jOzB1TJMof— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 17, 2017
Rooke, who has been photographing the royals for over two decades for Shutterstock, and has affectionately earned the nickname "Rookie" from Prince Harry, shared that the media positions—the area where photographers and reporters will stand outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, where Duchess Kate will give birth—are being set up on April 9.
"The media positions are being put up on the ninth of April," he told us over the phone, "and the last time the media positions were sorted out two weeks before the birth."
If the royals follow a similar schedule this
Rooke also shared the ways that photographers document a new prince or princess's public debut have changed over time. For Prince George's birth, people camped out for weeks on end. Now, they must wait until Duchess Kate has gone
"Because it is a working hospital, nobody is allowed into those positions until we’re told that the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted," Rooke tells me; however, the networks can prepare by cabling in ahead of time.
Whenever he gets the call, Rooke will hop on the tube and head to St. Mary's, a quick 15-minute trip from his home. Lucky for him, he was assigned a front-row position directly opposite from the door.
"The ideal picture for us when they leave
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