Whilst the world waits with baited breath for the announcement of the latest edition to the Royal Family, we take a look at the team of people whose job it is to work together and ensure the Duchess of Cambridge has a smooth delivery and that security is at its tightest.
It almost goes without saying that her closest family and husband, William, will play a large part in ensuring that Kate is as comfortable as possible during her labour. No doubt William will be going through all the emotions of any expectant father whilst his wife is in labour; not really knowing what to do, wanting to take some of the pain away, and even, dare we say it, a little bit bored at times. Let’s hope that Kate doesn’t have a long and arduous labour.
It’s been reported that Kate’s mother, Carole and sister, Pippa are already at the hospital. I imagine they are offering words of support during painful contractions and trying to keep her spirits up while she practices breathing exercises taught to her by antenatal expert, Christine Hill—a favourite for many A-listers and celebrities.
As far as the medical team is concerned, Kate is in extremely good hands. Two of the country’s top surgeon-gynaecologists are in attendance; the royal gynaecologist and obstetrician Marcus Setchell will be delivering the heir to the throne. Mr Setchell has already delivered many royal babies over the past few years and was the Queen’s personal gynaecologist. The consultant Alan Farthing will be aiding him on his first royal birth. Also in attendance at the birth will be a senior nurse and midwife.
Security around the St. Mary’s hospital in Paddington will be incredibly tight; the hospital will probably be well-versed in security measures as Princess Diana gave birth to both William and Harry in the same unit. It is expected that the hospital exterior will be guarded by armed police until Kate and the new baby have left, with palace appointed security on watch outside of the £6,000 a night suite Lindo Wing.
With first-time active labours tending to be around eight hours on average we can expect the news of the new royal to be announced anytime soon. We wish the Duchess a speedy and uncomplicated birth and look forward to seeing the new heir.