Suncream, deck chairs, and parasols: the streets outside the London Hospital where Kate Middleton is due to give birth looked more like a crowded holiday resort than a bustling media hub.
Parched journalists lay in wait in temperatures reaching 30 degrees. With no news on the due date, journalists swapped tips on how to stay cool.
“I edit inside the coffee (shop) I don’t have to wait outside so it’s OK for me,” explained Peggy Brugiere from France 24.
Even Australian journalists are feeling the heat. Peter Stefanovic from Australia’s Channel 9 has invented time trials to see how long he can withstand the heat in front of the camera .
“Sometimes I just like to test myself you know, because we are out here, we are waiting for something to happen, so this is my own little weird game, I see how it can get before I have to take my jacket off!”
Seventy-eight year-old royal superfan, Terry Hutt joined the media circus outside the hospital. Sleeping on a bench since Wednesday, Buckingham Palace officials are worried for their number 1 supporter.
“They are concerned a little bit about my age, and the heat of course. They are more or less telling the police to look after me, and the hospital,” explains Hutt continuing, “Well, I’m in the right place here – if I faint I can go inside as an outpatient!”
The world’s media have been waiting fruitlessly outside the Lingo Wing at St Mary’s hospital for two weeks now. The Duchess of Cambridge is believed to be far from the camera’s gaze at her family home in Berkshire.