With only two weeks to go until Kate Middleton's rumored due date of April 23, Kensington Palace, St. Mary's Hospital, where Kate and Prince William will welcome their new addition, and the soon-to-be parents of three are making the final preparations for the arrival of the royal baby. In the case of the hospital, that means repainting the gate outside the facility's private Lindo Wing, where Will and Kate will stand to present their newborn to the media, and, as of Monday, blocking off the entire street in front of said gate.
As People reports, signs posted outside St. Mary's on Monday have suspended parking for a 145-meter stretch in front of the hospital, which is located in the Paddington neighborhood of West London and is the same place Kate welcomed Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015. The suspension lasts all day from Monday, April 9, until Monday, April 30, and the only reason given for the parking ban is an "event." According to People, the same signs were posted outside the Lindo Wing approximately two weeks ahead of George and Charlotte's respective births, giving credence to the theory that Kate's due date is April 23-though if the baby arrives just two days earlier, he or she will share a birthday with their great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Will, 35, and Kate, 36, have chosen to welcome all three of their children in St. Mary's Lindo Wing primarily due to its excellent privacy and security offerings, as a source recently shared with Us Weekly. The luxury suite, which can run nearly $10,000 per night, is reportedly swept by a security team on a regular basis. After each sweep, the room is resealed with "tamper-proof tape," according to the source. "It's a high-security operation. Even the crawl space above the room is checked regularly." Additionally, the hospital is only given a five-minute heads-up before the royals arrive in an attempt to keep the media from documenting their arrival, and throughout the entire birth, a "baby team," which includes Kate's mom, Carole, will ensure "everything is ready, from media plans to security to hospital arrangements."
With everything taken care of, all that's left to do is count down the days until the newest royal makes his or her grand entrance.