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Royal Baby: Press begin to camp outside hospital as they wait for pregnant Kate’s arrival

The Duchess of Cambridge is just weeks, possibly days, away from welcoming her and Prince William’s first child into the world.

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Pregnant Kate is expected to give birth around mid-July. Photo: Ian Jones

As the world awaits the arrival of the new heir to the throne, members of the press, including journalists and photographers, have arrived outside the St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, where Kate will give birth.

Pictures of the press arriving outside and setting up opposite the Hospital have surfaced on the internet today and the gathering comes just a day into July, the expectant Duchess’ due date.

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Parking has been suspended outside St Mary’s Hospital in London where Kate will give birth. Photo: Paul Harrison @skynewsroyal

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Hospital had started preparations for when Kate arrives. Outside the London hospital, a sign has been posted suspending parking from July 1 to July 31 for an ‘Event’.

Kate is expected to give birth around mid-July. “It’s around mid-July, but babies have their own agenda,” the Duchess told well-wishers earlier this year, however last week it was reported Kate could be expecting the baby earlier.

It was suggested the wife of Prince William, may be following in Princess Diana’s lead, when she told the press she was due ten days later than the actual day William was born.

Last month, it was confirmed Prince William and Kate, who was known as Kate Middleton before her marriage, had decided to welcome their first child at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, London, the same hospital William was born.

The Duchess is planning to have a natural birth at the hospital, and the expectant couple revealed they plan to follow William’s parents’ tradition, with William being by Kate’s side as she gives birth.

Prince Charles was present at Prince William’s birth in 1982, and in 1984 for Prince Harry’s birth breaking royal tradition, and William plans to be there as well.

The Duke who will be working in Anglesey as a RAF search and rescue pilot in the weeks leading up to the birth will be rushed to London if Kate goes into labour while he is on duty.

In an unexpected move, royal aides have confirmed they will tell the world when Kate goes into Labour.

Trooping the Colour 2013 was Kate's final engagement

Trooping the Colour 2013 was Kate’s final engagement before taking maternity leave

“While it is a deeply personal and private event, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge realise this is a time of national celebration and that there will be vast interest in the baby,” a spokesman revealed. “They realise many people will want to share in their happiness.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to appear on the steps of the hospital with the baby when they decide to leave.

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