09/04/2018 10:58 BST | Updated 09/04/2018 15:34 BST

Lindo Wing At St Mary's Hospital Preparing For Duchess Of Cambridge To Give Birth

Barriers have been set up on the street outside.

The Duchess of Cambridge could be due to give birth to her third child imminently.

The Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital is said to be preparing for the royal baby’s arrival as parking suspension signs have been put up outside the maternity ward in Paddington, London. The notice has suspended parking from 9 April to 30 April.

Barriers have also been set up on the street outside the wing to accommodate press, camera crews and photographers who will assemble there once the Duchess has gone into labour. There have been rumours around the Duchess’ due date, but no specific date has been confirmed by Kensington Palace.  

Dominic Lipinski - PA Images via Getty Images
Dominic Lipinski - PA Images via Getty Images

The Lindo Wing is where the Duchess gave birth to Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015.

After both births, she and the Duke of Cambridge were pictured coming out of the wing to introduce their newborn into the world for the first time. Prince William and Prince Harry were also born there. 

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A comparison picture showing Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London for the birth of Prince George of Cambridge (above) and the birth of the Princess of Cambridge (below). Prince George was born on 22 July 2013 and the Princess of Cambridge on 2 May 2015. 

The Duchess carried out her last royal engagement before her maternity leave on 22 March at the Commonwealth events. A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said at the time: “Today’s public engagements by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be Her Royal Highness’s last before starting her maternity leave.”

Earlier in the Duchess’ pregnancy, there were rumours she was going to have a home birth, but Kensington Palace did not confirm nor deny this. ”[The couple are] very concerned about the chaos caused with the first two children as hundreds of press and public camped outside for several days, and they would like to avoid a repeat if they could,” a source told The Express. “Above all they both agree that having a home birth would save a massive intrusion into the day to day running of any hospital where she gave birth.”

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