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Lindo Wing Is Preparing for Royal Baby #3

Caroline Hallemann
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From Town & Country

Kate Middleton and Prince William just left the Lindo Wing with their new baby boy, greeting a crowd of both reporters and well-wishers as the got into a car to drive back to Kensington Palace.

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The crowd has been growing since it was announced early this morning that the Duchess had gone into labor.

Here's a scene of the hospital this morning:

While the media arrived early this morning, fans of the royal family started lining up outside last week, waiting for the little one to arrive.

One such man told Reuters, "We're here for the great news that Duchess Kate is going to have her third child. And we are ever so please, all of are, all the royal fans, all the people around the world. "

Back on April 9, crowd barriers, and no-parking notices went up outside the building.

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As we had previously reported, Shutterstock Royal Photographer Tim Rooke revealed to Town & Country that media positions were being set up at the hospital on April 9, though photographers and reporters cannot stand there until Duchess Kate is admitted to the hospital.

"Because it is a working hospital, nobody is allowed into those positions until we’re told that the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted," Rooke said.

He also shared that for both Prince Charlotte and Prince George, the media positions went up two weeks before Duchess Kate gave birth.

The barriers weren't the first sign that the hospital is preparing for the big moment.

On March 27, Arthur Edwards, a royal photographer for The Sun, tweeted that the railings outside the Lindo Wing entrance, where the new prince or princess will make his or her public debut, were being painted.

"The railings outside The Lindo Wing at St Marys Hospital Paddington are being painted. I suppose it’s never too early to get used to the smell of fresh paint," reads the caption of the tweet, along with a photo of the railings, which appear to be primed with a red anti-rust substance.

While previous rumors suggested that the Duchess had plans for a home birth, did indeed deliver in the Lindo Wing, just as she did with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Duchess of Cambridge is officially on maternity leave, having completed her last public event on March 22.

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