THE ROYAL BABY PREPARATIONS FOR DUE DATE OF JULY 13?

The preparations commence: As Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall  pick up organic baby food in Wales, London’s St Mary’s Hospital gears up for the  royal birth 

  • Camilla was  handed a box of baby food during a visit to the Rhug Estate
  • The 12,500 acre  estate is one of the UK’s leading organic food producers
  • In London, St  Mary’s Hospital prepared a press pen across the road
  • The pen has  already begun to fill up as global media arrive for the royal  birth

 

With just days to go before the royal birth,  the Duchess of Cornwall was seen picking up a box of organic baby food while on  an official visit in Wales.

Camilla looked delighted as officials from  baby food company, Plum,  presented her with a large hamper during a visit to  the Rhug Estate with her husband, the  Prince of Wales.

But back in London, preparations of a  different kind were taking place as St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington readied  itself for a surge in of royal fans and media by erecting a colossal press pen  as well as steel barriers throughout the street.

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Grandparents: Camilla was joined by her husband Prince Charles for the visit to the 2,500 acre organic farm
Grandparents: Camilla was joined by her husband Prince Charles for the visit to the 2,500 acre organic farm
 

Grandparents: Camilla was joined by her husband Prince  Charles for the visit to the 2,500 acre organic farm

 

 
Is that for me? Camilla is handed a box of organic baby food while on a visit to the Rhug Estate in Gwynedd

Is that for me? Camilla is handed a box of organic baby  food while on a visit to the Rhug Estate in Gwynedd

 
The Finnish government has sent a baby box which is given to all expectant mothers in Finland to the duke and duchess

The Finnish government has sent a baby box which is  given to all expectant mothers in Finland to the duke and duchess

 

 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 31, will give birth  to the  new third-in-line-to-the-throne in the private Lindo Wing, where Prince  William was delivered in 1982, and anticipation is building as members of the  press began arriving ahead of the birth.

 

 

To accommodate them, the hospital has built a  press pen at a safe distance away on the other side of the street, with workmen  seen putting the  finishing touches to the uncomfortable-looking row of metal  seats and  ladders.

Back in Wales, the Prince of Wales and the  Duchess of Cornwall met excited locals as well as officials from the baby food  manufacturer, who presented Camilla with the hamper.

Scott Wotherspoon, UK chief executive at  Plum, said: ‘We were absolutely delighted that Rhug has chosen to present the  Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with some Plum baby food in which  the main ingredients came from the Rhug Estate.

 
In London press photographers start to arrive at St Mary's Hospital in London

In London press photographers start to arrive at St  Mary’s Hospital in London

 

 
Piles of stepladders have been placed in the huge press pen by media outlets from around the globe

Piles of stepladders have been placed in the huge press  pen by media outlets from around the globe

 

 
Photogtraphers and television crew have been marking out positions in front of the door to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's
Photogtraphers and television crew have been marking out positions in front of the door to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's
 

Photographers and television crew have been marking out  positions in front of the door to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s

‘As one of Britain’s top baby food  brands  which has an exclusive and long-term relationship with Rhug  Estate, we are on a  mission to introduce fabulous organic recipes to  babies and children at the  earliest possible age, in a modern way, with  convenient pouches.

‘The  development of superb quality and  sustainable farmed organic British  foods is a cause which is very close to the  heart of the Prince of  Wales.’

The box of baby  treats should certainly come  in handy when the new third in line to the  throne is born, which could happen  as early as next week.

As, no doubt, will a maternity box sent to  the duke and duchess by the Finnish government.

The box, which doubles as a crib, includes a  range of clothing including snowsuit, romper suits and leggings. It also  includes bathing essentials such as a bath towel with hood, nail scissors,  hairbrush, toothbrush, nappy cream, wash cloth

For baby, it has a cloth nappy set and muslin  squares, a picture book and teething toy, and for mother and father, it has bra  pads and condoms.

The BBC reports that the box, made by social  services firm Kela, is given to all expectant mothers in Finland. 

Kensington Palace has confirmed that the  parents-to-be received the box last week and were ‘delighted’.

 
What's in there? The Prince of Wales inspects the contents of his wife's Rhug Estate shopping bag

What’s in there? The Prince of Wales inspects the  contents of his wife’s Rhug Estate shopping bag

 

 
Jolly: The Royal couple met local people and farm workers during their visit to the organic Rhug Estate

Jolly: The Royal couple met local people and farm  workers during their visit to the organic Rhug Estate

 
Royal fans and press start to gather outside  Duchess ‘birthing…
 

 

The new prince or princess is thought to be  due on the 12th July, and will be greeted by his or her grandmother, Carole  Middleton, and father Prince William.

William is said to be determined to make it  to the delivery suite,  following in the footsteps of his own father who broke  royal tradition  to be with his wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, for the birth of  both  their children. Previous heirs have been born at home or Buckingham  Palace.

After the Queen has been informed, the rest  of the Royal Family – and the Middletons – will be told before the birth is  announced using an easel positioned outside Buckingham Palace, although with the  eyes of the world’s press on St. Mary’s, the news could come much sooner. 

 
Political painter Kaya Mar, 56, right, holds his latest painting depicting Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge with a halo holding a baby

Political painter Kaya Mar, 56, right, holds his latest  painting depicting Britain’s Kate Duchess of Cambridge with a halo holding a  baby

 

 
The Political Artist Kaya Mar stands with his Duchess and baby art work outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital
The Political Artist Kaya Mar stands with his Duchess and baby art work outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital
 

The Political Artist Kaya Mar stands with his Duchess  and baby art work outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital

 
Preparation: Photographers and journalists stake out their positions ahead of the royal birth at St. Mary's

Preparation: Photographers and journalists stake out  their positions ahead of the royal birth at St. Mary’s

 

 
Ready: Workmen put the finishing touches to the press pen outside St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington

Ready: Workmen put the finishing touches to the press  pen outside St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington

 
Uncomfortable: St. Mary's appears to put practicality over comfort - at least where the press are concerned

Uncomfortable: St. Mary’s appears to put practicality  over comfort – at least where the press are concerned