Wednesday 18 October 2017

Media camp outside hospital as the world awaits birth of royal baby

Ladbrokes executive writes odds for the royal baby on a chalk board in front of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.
Ladbrokes executive writes odds for the royal baby on a chalk board in front of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.

Olivia Bolton

Global media continue to gather outside St Mary's Hospital Paddington as the world awaits the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first born.

Presenters, cameramen, technicians and producers from all over the world have been gradually congregating at the Lindo Wing to await the royal birth.

Good filming positions outside building are highly-prized; pad-locked ladders and branded tape mark the territory of each broadcaster or photographer.

But with potentially hours, days, even weeks until the Duchess of Cambridge arrives to give birth, what do the media do to fill their time?

Kris Burzynski, a cameraman for AP, says that he and his fellow journalists have been reading, chatting and watching TV, but they have also been putting their creative talents to good use.

He points to a colourful royal sweepstake chart hanging on a concrete pillar at the back of the media pen for bets on the day the baby arrives.

"I put my money on the morning of the 16th and for it to be a boy," Mr Burzynski says.

At the moment the atmosphere in the press area is friendly and relaxed but as Mike Amor from Australia's Seven Network says, "once it gets closer to the time, we might get more protective of the space that we've set aside for ourselves."

or many, these quiet moments are being savoured because they know that when the call comes that the Duchess has gone into labour they will be working "round the clock."

"I'll be very bleary eyed indeed," says Mr Amor.

Although Buckingham Palace has not officially announced her due date, the media have estimated it at 13 July.  The royal baby will be third in line to the British throne after Prince.

Telegraph.co.uk

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