July 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM ET
The hospital where Duchess Kate was born has emerged as a possible back-up to where England's next royal heir may be delivered.
That would be unfortunate news for the media throng located more than an hour away, outside the London hospital where palace officials had previously said Kate would have her baby.
The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly spent last weekend with her family in Bucklebury, about 60 miles outside of London. Whether she remains there or not is unknown, but the fact that her parents’ home is just a short drive away from Reading's Royal Berkshire hospital has raised questions over Kate's delivery plans. Hospital officials will only say they have a contingency plan in place in case the duchess makes an appearance.
Back in London, hundreds of journalists have endured sweltering heat as they await the duchess to make an appearance at St. Mary’s Hospital, the place where Prince William was born and where St. James Palace officials last month confirmed Kate would deliver her child.
The first child of the duchess and Prince William is expected any day, but no exact due date was ever given by the royal couple other than "mid-July."
The royal baby watch has kept the world anxiously awaiting. It also has kept the monarchy restless.
“I hope it arrives soon because I’m going on holiday,” Queen Elizabeth joked during a visit with schoolchildren on Wednesday.
Just days earlier while touring a children’s hospice, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, also spoke about her hopes that the future king or queen would arrive soon.