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The 'Great Kate Wait' continues

The wait for the Duchess of Cambridge to go into labour has entered the Bank Holiday weekend - with no sign of any developments.

Kate is well overdue but was spotted midweek driving and she also visited Buckingham Palace on successive days, so is apparently in good health and not in any discomfort.

There was speculation that Kate was swimming in the Palace's pool, used by the Royal Family and household staff, to help induce labour naturally.

There is some anecdotal evidence that swimming has been beneficial in helping to bring on labour for some expectant mothers.

Fewer than one in 20 women gives birth on their due date and for NHS patients induction is offered to those who are around 10 to 12 days overdue.

At the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London - where the baby will be born - royal superfans have a ringside seat in what has been dubbed the "Great Kate Wait".

Media from around the world have also gathered at the exclusive private maternity unit, on the look out for signs of any development.

This is the longest John Loughrey, 60, from London, has ever camped out and he thinks it has been more than 10 nights - but has lost count.

The royalist said he is looking forward to resuming "normal life".

The long wait has cost those who like a flutter dear, according to Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge.

She said: "Punters have lost out on thousands of pounds worth of winnings thanks to the April no-show, but their last roll of the dice suggests we'll see the newborn arrive on Bank Holiday Monday."

"At 8/1, a General Election baby's not out of the realms of possibility - but it's probably a safe bet that Kate and Wills won't opt for a Prince Nigel or Princess Nicola."

Coral's Nicola McGeady said: "Punters are becoming increasingly impatient as the Great Kate Wait continues and, while some have given up predicting the date of birth, others are betting on a Star Wars Day (May 4) royal baby.

"The odds of Kate giving birth on the day of the General Election are still quite long at 20/1."


From Belfast Telegraph