WATCH ABOVE: A group of die-hard royal enthusiasts gathered Friday outside the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth later this month.
TORONTO — Security barriers have gone up in front of the exclusive Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is set to give birth to her second child any day now.
A handful of royal fans turned up to watch the barricades being set up on Thursday. Parking restriction notices and media pens were also put up. Officials expect a horde of media along with hundreds, if not thousands, of royal fans to soon descend on the hospital.
The royal couple wants to avoid a repeat of the media circus outside the hospital when Prince George was born nearly two years ago, though, when there was a live feed of the Lindo wing door broadcast around the world, as millions waited for the new parents to come out.
This time, authorities won’t allow media to camp outside the building until Kate goes into labor.
Kate will reportedly have the same medical team that delivered her first son. She is also hoping for another natural birth.
And just like with their firstborn, the young royals have chosen not to learn the baby’s sex in advance, which some say has added to the sense of anticipation.
Kate’s due date has not been revealed but on a recent public visit, she reportedly told a charity worker that she is due mid-to-late April.
That means the baby could share a birthday with great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was born on April 21. The newborn’s birthday could also coincide with William and Kate’s fourth wedding anniversary, on April 29.
The new baby will be brother or sister to 21-month-year-old Prince George and will be fourth in line to the British throne.
With files from The Associated Press and NBC