Live from Paddington: the mad scene outside Kate Middleton’s hospital
OUTSIDE St. Mary’s Hospital, London, the scene is set. Men and women with ladders and cameras are waiting to hear news of a new Royal baby.
Marcus Setchell, the Queen’s surgeon gynaecologist, is scrubbing up and giving the golden plunger a once over. to his side will be Alan Farthing, the surgeon gynaecologist to the royal household and former fiancé of Jill Dando, the BBC television presenter who was murdered in 1999. It’s a small world in the upper echelons, indeed.
A police escort will get the medics past the legion of reporters camped for ten days on the pavement outside the Lindo Wing, the hospital’s private zone. To plug the gaps in news (there is no news), journalists are interviewing other journalists.
Says Paul Harrison, from Sky News, who has taken to living in a hotel round the corner from the hospital:
“It is interesting how you are able to fill your day. There is always a false alarm. There is always a security sweep. And there are always interviews to do for a foreign broadcaster.”
The Finns have sent gifts. Tanja Jääskeläinen, deputy head of mission at the Finnish Embassy, says of the box of goodies her country’s social services have sent Kate:
“When the box arrives you look at the clothes and think, ‘They are so cute.’ You cannot imagine your baby is so small. Then the baby arrives and most of the things are too big.”
The box contains a snow suit, crip, reusable nappy and a packet of condoms. What could it all mean? We got live to Paddington for answers: