London, 14 July
The hospital is ready, the Wikipedia page and Twitter accounts are up and Britain’s famously creative press are running out of ideas. But Sunday arrived with no sign of the royal baby.
Prince William is filling the time until his wife Catherine goes into labour playing polo, taking part in charity matches yesterday and today with his younger brother Harry. He has taken a couple of days off from his work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in Wales, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, although he refused to say when the prince might be going back.
The palace has stayed tight-lipped about the birth of the new third in line to the throne, saying nothing for days other than to reiterate that Catherine is due some time in mid-July.
The Press had pencilled in Saturday as the day, but bookmakers William Hill tipped Sunday as the likely due date, with Paddy Power offering equal odds on Sunday and Monday.
The only thing that is certain is that babies rarely come on time and that when this new heir to the Windsor dynasty arrives, the world will be ready.