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Royal baby watch: Prep underway at hospital Kate Middleton will give birth at

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.

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Security barriers are erected for the press outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital on April 17, 2015, in central London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth later this month. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
The world's media has started counting down  to the arrival of Britain's royal baby when a press pen was erected outside the hospital where Prince William's wife Kate is due to give birth.
The world's media has started counting down to the arrival of Britain's royal baby when a press pen was erected outside the hospital where Prince William's wife Kate is due to give birth. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Security barriers are erected on April 16, 2015 outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in central London where the Duchess of Cambridge will give birth.
Security barriers are erected on April 16, 2015 outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in central London where the Duchess of Cambridge will give birth. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

READ MORE: Britain ready to welcome William and Kate’s 2nd child

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.

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The crowd stretch out to capture pictures as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013.
The crowd stretch out to capture pictures as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge finally emerged on July 23, 2014, holding the Prince of Cambridge, who was born a day earlier.
Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge finally emerged on July 23, 2014, holding the Prince of Cambridge, who was born a day earlier. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 file photo, Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold their new born son George, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth.
In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 file photo, Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold their new born son George, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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.

READ MORE: Top baby names for William and Kate – place your bets!

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

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