Meet the Players in the Birth of Royal Baby No. 2
As the expecting Mummy and Daddy, William and Kate are the most important "players" in the royal baby extravangaza (besides, of course, their new addition). William was by Kate's side for Prince George's birth, and he'll be with her in the delivery room of St. Mary's Hospital this time around as well. All eyes will be on the couple when they unveil their newborn to the world in front of St. Mary's, and bets on Kate's first post-birth ensemble and William's skills at putting in a car seat (he's got lots of practice now!) are welcome.
THE GRANDPARENTS, PART 1
Following George's birth, Kate's parents, Mike and Carole Middleton, were the very first visitors to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's. George even spent the first few weeks of his life at his grandparents' mansion in Bucklebury. Count on Mama and Papa Middleton being equally involved in their new grandchild's upbringing.
THE GRANDPARENTS,PART 2
Two hours after the Middletons arrived and an hour after they departed, the other grandparents (you know, the royal ones), Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, visited George at St. Mary's (Charles helicoptered in from a public engagement in Yorkshire). It's safe to assume they'll be returning to the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's to welcome their second grandchild, pending Charles's schedule
THE AUNTS AND UNCLES
Though Prince Harry and Pippa and James Middleton didn't visit the hospital for the last royal birth, the Middletons were there to meet George when he arrived home at Kensington Palace, while Harry also bonded with his nephew in his first few days of life as well. This time around, Harry will be halfway around the world for the birth; whether or not the Middletons will visit remains to be seen (as does any info on the siblings' statuses as godparents).
A number of doctors will be with Kate on the big day, but it's Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston who are helming her medical team. The two veteran royal doctors were both present for Prince George's 2013 birth and helped Kate when she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, last fall. As the Surgeon Gynecologist to the Royal Household, Thorpe-Beeston is likely to replace Marcus Setchell, who delivered George but retired last year, as the lead doctor.
Look who's ready to be a big brother! The royal couple has been prepping 21-month-old George for the new baby, and it seems it's working: Kate told Claudia Gordon, a luxury travel adviser who recently had lunch with the duchess, that Prince George was excited to meet his new sibling. (That makes two of us.) Will he make an appearance with his parents at St. Mary's? Stay tuned …
The Queen won't be in the delivery room for the birth of Will and Kate's second born, but that doesn't mean she won't be involved. True to tradition, Her Highness must approve the child's name, and the birth announcement will be displayed outside her home, Buckingham Palace.
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While Mummy and Daddy are at the hospital, it could fall to nanny Maria Borrallo to keep an eye on Prince George. The Spanish caretaker has looked after the little royal for over a year and is expected to take charge of his sibling, too. But considering how involved the Middletons are in the life of their grandson, Grandma Carole could relieve Maria of her nanny duties during Kate's stay at St. Mary's.