Thursday 26 April 2018

William plays polo as baby watch goes on

Associated Press

HIS wife may be due to have her baby soon, but Prince William isn't one to sit tight and wait – instead, he's off playing polo.

Many in the British press had predicted that the first child of the prince and the Duchess of Cambridge would arrive yesterday.

Dozens of bleary-eyed photographers and cameramen have been standing guard around the clock on royal baby watch outside St Mary's Hospital in London.

But the prince was enjoying a game of polo against his brother Harry at a charity event at Cirencester Park Polo Club, almost 161km west of the capital, yesterday.

According to bookmaker William Hill, most people were betting money on a royal birth yesterday, today or tomorrow. Officials have said that the baby is due around mid-July, but have not released a due date.

The birth, when it does come, will be announced by a bulletin posted on a wooden easel outside Buckingham Palace.

It's a time-honoured royal tradition – the birth of William's father, Prince Charles, was announced the same way in 1948. This time, however, officials have adapted to modern times by adding a simultaneous announcement on Twitter, so that millions around the world can get the news within seconds.

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