Kate Middleton is already past her due date of July 13 as royal baby watch has kicked into overdrive over the anticipation of the arrival of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s first child.
While the royal baby can be delivered any moment, Buckingham Palace isn’t going to allow news networks to announce the baby’s birth at just any time, according to the New York Times.
But the palace is giving the media a lengthy timeframe for when the birth will be announced. The time of the royal baby’s birth will be announced between 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. London time, a television producer involved in royal baby coverage told the Times. That timeframe translates to between 3 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST.
The producer, who spoke to the Times anonymously because they didn’t want to tick off their Buckingham Palace sources, explained how media outlets have been preparing for months for the arrival of the royal baby. One of the most highly coveted shots of royal baby coverage will include a close-up of the child’s birth notice.
“It’s gotten down to the level of detail that three minutes after the [birth] notice has been put on the easel, they’ll cut off the signal,” the source said, referring to Buckingham Palace.
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It’s unclear when the media will be able to get the first shots of William, Kate and the royal baby after the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth in London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
Middleton was due to give birth on July 13 and she’s now two days past her due date.
Royal baby watch has gripped the world, and there’s a few places where you can wager on everything from the royal baby’s name to the name of their first boyfriend or girlfriend.
You can also bet on the royal baby’s birthday.
According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, the favorite Is Monday, July 15, at 9-to-2 odds. That’s followed by July 16 and July 17 at 11-to-4 apiece. The odds get higher as the days go by, with an August birthday for the royal baby listed at 40-to-1 odds.