Parking restrictions at Kate's hospital extended until 5 May

More news has emerged suggesting that the royal baby wait could go on for some time longer. Westminster City Council has taken the decision to extend parking restrictions outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, is due to give birth.

Parking around the Lindo Wing, Kate's maternity unit at St Mary's Hospital, is off limits until 5 May. Initially the ban was in force until 30 April, but with no sign of a new Prince or Princess the Council extended it for another five days.


Kate is thought to be several days past her due date

While the whole world appears to be on baby watch, the expectant Duchess is keeping calm and carrying on. She was spotted driving Prince George and his nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo to a swimming lesson at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Kate was in casual clothes and at the wheel of her landrover. The only concession she seems to have made to being in the last stages of pregnancy is not to get in the water herself.

Parking restrictions outside her hospital have been extended for a further five days

Last week the young mother also popped out into Zara Home just round the corner from Kensington Palace to stock up on home furnishings.

In a thoughtful gesture she and Prince William sent breakfast to superfans camped out waiting for her to give birth. The Kate baby camp is a little way from the Lindo Wing because the couple asked fans to maintain a distance until the news comes that the Duchess is actually in labour, hopefully allowing her some privacy when the time comes.

Westminster Council is ready to extend the restrictions again if need be

Kate is thought to be several days past her due date. Some reports put the date at last Thursday, whereas others suggested it was on Saturday. The Duchess herself said it was "mid to late April", leading well-wishers to think the baby might be born on April 29, the anniversary of her fabulous wedding. However, the royal couple were spending the celebrating the day privately at home.

The original parking restrictions outside the Lindo were announced via a yellow notice citing "a special event".

On Wednesday, a council spokesman said: "The parking restrictions will be extended at the moment for the next five days until May 5. If there is still no news by then it will be extended again. The signs will be amended possibly today, if not tomorrow morning."