Six days to go but still a baby with no name
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge still do not have a name for the new heir to the throne
One of the first signs that Operation Royal Baby is in full swing will be when an armed policeman appears on the steps outside the hospital.
By that time Kate will be on her way and is expected to be taken into the Lindo through one of three side entrances.
Meanwhile, obstetrician Marcus Setchell will be alerted on his specially-encrypted mobile phone by the Royal couple’s private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
Assuming he is at his North London home at the time, Mr Setchell will grab his carefully prepared overnight bag and climb into his silver BMW.
The six-and-a-half-mile journey to the hospital should take no more than 20 minutes. But in case of heavy traffic, he can always put the green flashing light he is entitled to use as a doctor on call on the roof of his car. In the early stages of labour, Kate is likely to have her mother Carole at her side.
But sources are now indicating that Mrs Middleton will not be present during the delivery, as has been suggested.
In common with other patients, the Duchess will give birth in one of the six delivery rooms on the Lindo’s third floor, which features ‘soothing’ block colour murals by London-based artist Julian Opie.
Courtiers have spoken of a ‘range’ of finely-tuned contingency plans, quietly confident that they have thought of everything.
Yet one rather important matter remains unresolved.