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An Heir of Anticipation as Media Stakes Out Ahead of Britain’s Royal Delivery

July 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
Journalists have camped outside of St. Mary's hospital in London for several weeks, waiting for the birth of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whose estimated due date has come and gone. Independent Television News' Tim Ewart reports on the royal waiting game for the press and the rest of the nation.
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JEFFREY BROWN: And, finally tonight: the waiting game in London for the royal baby, a first child for the duke and duchess of Cambridge.

Tim Ewart of Independent Television News has the story.

TIM EWART: This is South Wharf Road, London W2. Taxi drivers now have another name for it.

MAN: Madness street. Crazy street.

MAN: I have been here nine days. I feel as if I’m having the baby.

TIM EWART: Nine days. Some camera crews have been here for more than three weeks, trapped in a world of gossip, speculation and rumor.

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ARTHUR EDWARDS, photographer: So, I have had my spot marked up since the 1st of July. It’s incredible. I mean, no other baby in the world — I mean, if Michelle Obama was — expected a baby, would we be outside? No, we wouldn’t.

TIM EWART: We care, of course. It’s media frenzy, but what about the general public? Are you on tenterhooks?

Definitely not, says the man from the anti-monarchy group Republic.

Aren’t you being a bit like the sort of Grinch who spoiled Christmas?

GRAHAM SMITH, Great Britain: No, not at all. I’m actually reflecting in — on this occasion, I’m reflecting the majority, I think, because most people are getting on with their lives. I mean, I don’t see people talking about it. I don’t hear people talking about it.

TIM EWART: Kate hasn’t been seen in public since trooping the color last month. The only sighting at the Lindo wing, a look-alike in a newspaper stunt.

There was no real news, as another day went by down on crazy street.