Royal family ‘waiting on call’
Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly due to go into labour at any minute, sending Twitter into a “meltdown”.
Catherine and her husband are due to welcome their first child into the world this month.
Photographers have been gathered outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, for days in anticipation of the birth of His or Her Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge.
According to Us Weekly, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are “anxiously awaiting” the news.
Royal protocol dictates William will phone the queen on an encrypted line to inform her.
Hi father Prince Charles' wife Camilla recently spoke to journalists about the impending arrival.
"We are very excited, immensely looking forward to it and waiting for the phone call," she said.
Twitter is meanwhile abuzz about the royal baby.
The UK edition of OK! magazine reports the micro-blog “went into meltdown after several users claimed they were 'hearing whispers'” Catherine was due any minute.
"Rumour mill's gone into overdrive about whether the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour or not,” the outlet quoted one user’s tweet.
The palace was swift to deny the reports. A spokesperson apparently told the magazine the rumours were simply “not true”.
The announcement of the royal baby’s birth will be made public with a sign affixed to an easel to be placed outside Buckingham Palace, just as it was when William was born in June 1982.
The sign will include the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.
The baby’s name will be revealed at a later date.
Catherine is also said to be feasting on vegetarian curry to satisfy her hunger cravings.
Chan Shingadia, owner of Bucklebury's Peach's Spar store, told Us Weekly his wife, Hash Shingadia, has been preparing mild dishes of lentils, potatoes, peas, spinach and cauliflower in recent weeks.
"She has been eating them during the pregnancy," Chan said.
"The duchess has come in several times for our curries, before she got married, and quite a few times afterwards."
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