The Great Kate Wait

By Kirstin Buick
18 July 2013

Media from all over the world have been camped outside St Mary's Hospital in London for weeks, not wanting to risk missing a picture of the royal parents-to-be's arrival.

https://twitter.com/SkyNewsRoyal/status/357183471136931841

But almost a week has passed since's Kate's rumoured due date, and there's still no sign of her. The press are getting desperate ...

https://twitter.com/royalfocus1/status/357077382936535040

And as the heat wave in the UK continues, they have taken to reserving places closer to the entrance of the Lindo Wing using ladders and colourful notes, to get out of the 30-degree heat.

https://twitter.com/MinorMatters/status/357154857339215872

Despite all those hours in the baking sun, they still have no significant news to report.

https://twitter.com/royalfocus1/status/357501113177612290

So they've set up live feeds to keep their audiences glued to their screens:

https://twitter.com/British_Heir/status/357441450604122112

And while they endure the Great Kate Wait, the world's press have devised some interesting ways of passing the time. Like taking bets on the baby's gender . . .

https://twitter.com/SkyNewsRoyal/status/357463609355407360

https://twitter.com/MaxFosterCNN/status/357443227575529472

Reminiscing about when Diana gave birth to William . . .

https://twitter.com/ArthurJEdwards/status/357484911596281856

Bonding with some die-hard royal fans who are also camped outside . . .

https://twitter.com/MinorMatters/status/357463062564970498

Knitting . . .

https://twitter.com/HuffPostUKPics/status/357459599349121024

And making the news themselves . . .

https://twitter.com/royalfocus1/status/357138598740492290

And it's not just the press that's getting impatient. It looks like even the Queen herself is getting a bit tired of the Great Kate Wait. When asked whether she was hoping for a boy or girl, she said:

https://twitter.com/BBCPeterHunt/status/357487556377575425

The Great Kate Wait has been beautifully summed up in this short video:

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