HEADLINE: Queen Impatient For Royal Birth?

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CAPTION: Queen Elizabeth II tells schoolgirl she 'would very much like' the royal baby to arrive soon as she is due to go on holiday. (July 17)

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Wiggonby, England - July 17, 2013

1. Queen Elizabeth II on royal visit

2. Queen Elizabeth II with crowd of flag-waving children

3. UPSOUND (English) Fay Batey, schoolgirl:

"Do you want Kate's baby to be a boy or a girl?"

4. UPSOUND (English) Queen Elizabeth II:

"I don't think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. No sign yet."

5. Queen Elizabeth II with well-wishers

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London, England - July 16, 2013.

6. Various of photographers and cameras outside Lindo wing, St Mary's hospital.

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London, England - July 15, 2013.

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Di-Toro, VisitBritain (Note: one word):

"All of these things play a really important part to increase our profile around the world, so we're turning the viewers into visitors to Britain."

8. Various of tourists outside Harrods department store

9. Various of royal baby souvenirs in Harrods department store

10. Various of tourists at Horse Guards Parade

12. Tourists at Buckingham Palace

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

Could Queen Elizabeth be getting impatient?

With the whole of Britain on baby watch, a schoolgirl put the Queen on the spot during a royal outing.

UPSOUND (English) Fay Batey, schoolgirl:

"Do you want Kate's baby to be a boy or a girl?"

UPSOUND (english) Queen Elizabeth II:

"I don't think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. No sign yet."

The baby is now said to be overdue... and the Queen would usually be starting her summer vacation.

Outside the London hospital where Kate will give birth, hundreds of reporters, photographers and camera crews are ready.

The wall-to-wall coverage... expected to boost Britain's economy.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Di-Toro, VisitBritain (Note: one word):

"All of these things play a really important part to increase our profile around the world, so we're turning the viewers into visitors to Britain."

Those visitors...are already snapping up baby souvenirs in stores around London.

Some estimates say the birth could be worth as much as $360 million dollars in tourism and sales.

SIGOUT, Associated Press.

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