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Superfans camp outside hospital ahead of royal birth

FANS have started to gather outside the private wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where it is expected the Duchess of Cambridge will give birth to her second royal baby.

While the public will probably not know the Duchess and Prince William have arrived until it is announced by the Palace, preparations outside the hospital are starting to resemble the feverish scenes two years ago when Prince George was born.

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The Duchess of Cambridge has kept details of her due date deliberately vague, only confirming that it is from "mid-April to the end of April".

Anticipation has not reached quite the same pitch as for the couple's first child, and police and officials are stage-managing the process much more tightly.

In a bid to avoid the weeks-long scrum that emerged outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's in 2013, the public and media have been told they will only be allowed into the already-assembled pens once a royal announcement has been made confirming the Duchess is inside.

Until then, fans have been left to speculate on everything from the baby's gender to exciting dates with which the birth might coincide. Some thought it might share a birthday with the Queen on 21 April. Others hoped that it be born on the Duke and Duchess's fourth wedding anniversary, 29 April.

And some particularly cruel punters are predicting a news singularity - a (admittedly late) royal baby born on the day of the general election, 7 May.



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