Royal Baby: Kate Middleton and Prince William indicate it could be another week before birth
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have signalled that the wait for their second child could go on another week, after arranging for parking restrictions to be extended outside the hospital where the Duchess will give birth.
Westminster Council had originally suspended parking outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington until Wednesday, as Kensington Palace had expected the royal baby to have arrived by now.
But the restrictions will now run until Tuesday, May 5, and could even be extended further if the Duchess still has not given birth by then.
The Duchess is thought to be a week overdue, suggesting the latest she would be allowed to wait by her doctors would be next Thursday, the day of the General Election.
However some reports have claimed her due date was April 25, which would mean the Duchess may not be induced until a week on Saturday, as doctors treat two weeks after the due date as the cut-off point for allowing labour to come on naturally.
The Duke and Duchess are spending today quietly celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary.
The couple, who married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, are spending the day at Kensington Palace waiting for any sign that the Duchess is about to go into labour.
The Duchess, 33, will have discussed the possibility of being induced with her doctors.
But she appeared entirely relaxed on Tuesday when she drove Prince George to Buckingham Palace for his regular swim in the indoor pool there.
The Duchess drove herself to and from Buckingham Palace in a Range Rover, accompanied by a bodyguard, as well as Prince George and his nanny.
Outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where the Duchess will give birth to her second child, some royal “superfans” have now been waiting almost a month for the Duchess to arrive.
Royal protection officers continue to patrol the hospital 24 hours a day to ensure the Lindo Wing is secure at all times, ready for the Duchess’s arrival at any moment.
Parking restrictions outside the Lindo Wing were due to run out on Thursday, suggesting Kensington Palace expected the Duchess to have given birth by then when it made the arrangements with Westminster Council.
Today the council confirmed the restrictions had been extended to May 5, and could even be extended again if the baby has not been born by then.
Parents whose children were born at the Lindo Wing have suggested that the Duchess’s doctors will already have discussed with her a date when she will be induced if her labour has not started naturally.
Inducing labour is regarded as an extremely safe procedure and doctors at the Lindo Wing are said to be “relaxed” about the idea of inducing women once they have passed their due date.
If a woman is complaining of feeling uncomfortable, fed up or anxious they will make arrangements to bring on labour, according to consultant obstetrician Pat O’Brien.