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The Royal Birthing Turns London Into Waiting Room

Posted: Jul. 16th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

People are anxious to see the birth of theDuchessof Cambridge's child, and that's turned the London streets into a massive waiting room overnight as hundreds of people from the media, adoring royal fans, and curious onlookers begin to gather in anticipation of the big day. Unfortunately, no one's quite clear on the due date, so these enterprising individuals may be waiting for some time or already late, if they're particularly unlucky.

Waiting around for someone else to give birth can be a slow and tedious marathon of an experience. But for the photographers and cameramen on royal baby-watch outside St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, the monotony has entered another stratosphere entirely.

"At least when it's your wife, you don't go to the hospital until the wife's in labour," said Harry Rabbie, a BBC cameraman and father of two who spent much of Wednesday slumped inside the makeshift journalists' refugee camp on the street outside St. Mary's, passing the time with a romance novel titled "The Tycoon's Seductive Revenge."

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Carol Driver
A journalist with more than 12 years' experience writing, subbing and editing at national and regional publications and websites in the UK.

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