Royal aides have revealed that pregnant Kate Middleton, who is set to welcome to the Royal baby mid-July, plans to give birth to the future King or Queen in the private wing of St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, where Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William.
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Choosing to give birth naturally rather than a caesarian section, the Duchess of Cambridge's baby is set to be delivered by the former royal gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell, with the assistance of the Queen's current gynaecologist, Alan Farthing.
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Confirming that Prince William and Kate Middleton still do not know the sex of their unborn child, St James’s Palace has said that the Royal couple have chosen not to be told until the baby is born.
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After the birth, the Queen, senior members of the Royal family and Kate Middleton’s family will be the first to recieve confirmation of the new arrival. The first indication that the Duchess has given birth will come when an aide leaves the hospital carrying a piece of paper with details of the baby’s sex, weight and time of birth, which they will hand to a driver to be taken to Buckingham Palace.
Confirmation to the public will be announced on the Palace's official Twitter feed after the notice is placed on an easel on the forecourt of the Palace. However, aides have stated that no electronic communication would be made until the public had a chance to see the official notice, as “it’s important that this is done with a degree of dignity and with half an eye on the historical significance” of the occasion.
The palace also confirmed that Prince William will only take two weeks statutory paternity leave before he returns to flying duties as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot.
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