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In anticipation of Kate Middleton's birth, palace staff has been on and alert around the clock since the beginning of July. Insiders reveal that there is nothing left to do but wait.
When the Duchess of Cambridge feels her first contraction her private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, will be notified and will contact Middleton's doctor Marcus Setchell on his palace-issued cell phone.
"It's an encrypted signal," says a source, "so there's no way anyone can intercept it." Setchell will then drive the seven-mile, 26-minute route from his Muswell Hill, North London home to St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington.
Since July 8 there have been roughly 180 photographers and journalists waiting outside the hospital, but it all may be in vain as the duchess will be taken through one of three side entrances and into a suite in the fourth-floor Lindo Wing.
The rooms cost $1,500-a-night, but one has already sealed off and sanitized in preparation for her arrival, while also being monitored daily by security.
Once she is admitted to the hospital the palace will release a statement announcing the forthcoming birth. Middleton is expected to deliver naturally, with her husband at her side.
Middleton will reportedly move in with her parents immediately after giving birth to her and Prince William's first child, it has been claimed.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is due in July, is expected to move in with her parents, Carole and Michael, for at least the first six weeks after being released from hospital in a move that will break royal tradition. Instead of hiring a maternity nurse and starting her new life in a royal residence, Middleton will live in her parents' Berkshire estate with her baby who will be third-in-line to the throne.
"Kate says she 'just feels safest and most secure' with her family and believes that no one could be better placed to teach her about bringing up a baby than her mother, who has three children of her own," Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English reported quoting an unnamed source.