All eyes are on the royal family, even those from across the sea.
As news broke this morning that the Great Kate Wait might soon be over as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, media outlets from around the world, not to mention tourists here just for the special occasion, were at the ready to catch the breaking news.
Even though the royal baby news wasn’t front and centre of this morning’s New York Times page, the news of the Duchess of Cambridge being in early stages of labour made it pretty high up on the news highlights. In addition to covering the hospital admission update, the article takes the buzzing opportunity to offer up a critique of how British tabloids are handling the matter, noting a tamer approach to the news coverage in the wake of phone-hacking scandals.
But only good news was in the minds of some of the world’s most loyal royal enthusiasts.
The New York Times rounded up Larissa Milare, a law student from Sao Paolo, Brazil, who said she had timed her vacation to London to coincide with the royal birth.
“I came to London in 2011 when Kate got married — I came specially for the wedding — and now I want to see the announcement,” Milare said. “I really like her, she’s really beautiful and special. In Brazil, all the TV and entertainment channels and newspapers show pictures of the royal family.”
The Washington Post opted to look at the broader scope of the royal baby watch and how public approval and international interest in the royal family is at its highest since the 1980s, when the world became infatuated with the late Princess Diana. In a three-page report, the paper goes into detail about the Duke and Duchess as we’ve come to know them through the limelight over the years from their time at University of St Andrew to women’s inheritance rights in Britain.
And it’s not just tourists who are waiting for news of the royal baby’s arrival. The Washington Post reported that during a cabinet meeting on Thursday at Chequers, an aide stepped in with a note for Prime Minister David Cameron as the room hushed with curiosity. What was thought to be a royal baby announcement simply turned out to be a cricket score.
USA Today steps up the royal baby watch game and shows off some of the royal family diehards from across the pond. With expansive coverage from in videos and galleries, the site highlights all the news coverage surrounding the royal baby since its announcement last December. The special section lets viewers meet the doctors delivering the baby, browse the royal family tree and even offers a piece about how to bring up a royal baby.
At nine hours ahead, the Sydney Morning Herald will be staying up late into the night to continue their live blog of coverage. A live stream of media crew camped outside of the hospital are accompanied by Twitter reactions and photo galleries of past royal babies. Not to be outdone by the £1m invested in bets about the royal baby here in the UK, you can catch up on the Australia betting odds of the baby’s sex, name, who will beholding the baby when it leaves the hospital or even its hair colour.
The Times of India is looking toward the homestretch in their coverage this morning and moves their story beyond the long awaited delivery of the soon-to-be third in line for the throne. Once the littlest royal arrives, the paper reports that William and Kate will be moving their new family into their permanent London home of Apartment 1a at Kensington Palace, a four-story house with a nursery, 20 rooms and a private garden.
And if you’re all fed up with the royal baby coverage, you might get going to Le Monde which, in ever the rebellious move, seems to be working through their busy day without mention of the royal baby at all. The way the world is watching with anticipation, they might as well be the only one.