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Royal family expects the “Special event” : Local vendors too

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Published: 07:14 GMT, Apr 17, 2015 |
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Prince William and Kate are expecting to welcome their second child this month at the “Lindo Wing” private section of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. That is the hospital, where their first child, Prince George, was delivered in 2013.

Patients are charged more than £5,000 pounds (6,900 euros, $7,400) for the first 24 hours of a delivery with an extra £1,000 for each additional night.  While Kate’s due date has not been made public, parking in the hospital front area has been suspended by putting a board saying “Special event” (gives a small clue) until April 30.  So, the TV crews have laid cables from satellite trucks and photographers have arrived to claim their spots and the fans of the royal family also come to look at the hospital and pose for photographs in front of the entrance.

The birth will be announced when royal officials place a formal document with news of the delivery on an easel outside Buckingham Palace — as well as on the official Kensington Palace.  Also, William, who is training for a new job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot, will take two weeks of paternity leave to help care for the baby.

Local businesses near the hospital were hoping to profit from the tourists, journalists and police in the area for the new arrival.  They expect an extra business of chocolate, drinks, cigarettes say the vendors.