Saturday, December 20, 2014

Royal Baby Watch: Everything you need to know about Baby Cambridge

Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting a royal baby. (Graphic: Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com)
Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting a royal baby. (Graphic: Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com)
World eagerly awaits birth of Britain's royal baby Video: World eagerly awaits birth of Britain's royal baby

The news as of Monday morning is that there is no news on the actual birth of Baby Cambridge, while there is an overwhelming amount of coverage and speculation dedicated to the world's most-anticipated child.

A palace spokesperson announced last week that the Queen had issued a royal decree stating that Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child will be known as His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

Regardless of whether the baby is a girl or a boy, the child will be third in line after Prince Charles, then Prince William, to inherit the throne. The change in rights of succession was implemented in April of this year.

David Beckham told Sky News Monday, in response to a question on what he thought the baby should be named, "David's not bad. I think they should go for David." The father-of-four told the media outlet that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are "going to be amazing parents, because they are so loving towards children."

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  • "We have seen William grow from that young boy into an unbelievable gentleman," Beckham added. "That's an amazing quality. And that as a father is so important."

    Prince William plans to be in the delivery room during the child's birth. He is also expected to take a two week paternity leave.

    While on the topic of Sky News, the New York Times' Brian Stelter wrote Sunday night that a chopper belonging to the British broadcaster will cover the birth from the air, with the images taken from air set to be shared with every network, "almost as if covering a slow-speed car chase," he wrote. Sky News and BBC will also have cameras stationed at the palace to take close-up shots of the baby's birth notice.

    NBC News shared Monday that the medical bulletin will be rushed out of the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital, where Kate Middleton is expected to give birth, and driven to Buckingham Palace, which is a short 2.5 mile distance away. The birth notice will then be fixed beside the palace gates, where photographers and the public can read details of the child's sex, eye color, hair color, weight, and other details involving the birth of the future King or Queen of England.

    The actual announcement of the baby's birth is promised to take place between 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. in London, which is translated to 3 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the Times reported. The birth announcement will also be shared via social media, for the first time in history.

    Multiple American media outlets have already sent reporters and producers to cover the royal birth. In the UK, it's supposedly called "door-stepping" while journalists from America who are camping out and awaiting the baby's birth are referring to it as a "stakeout."

    Esther Lee Philly.com
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