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OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE, CROWDS AWAIT THE NEWS.

"We're here from New York so we're very excited about the birth."

SOON ALL THE GUESSING WILL BE OVER... THE BETS SETTLED.

"Who knows? I think it's going to be a boy/See I'm betting on a girl. We have a drink bet on it."

BOY OR GIRL, THE BABY - of the duchess of cambridge and prince william WILL BE THIRD IN LINE FOR THE BRITISH THRONE.

THE MAN WHO IS *FIRST* IN LINE WAS LIGHT ON THE DETAILS.

UPSOUND (English): Reporter: What news do you have of the baby sir? Prince Charles: "Absolutely nothing at the moment."

WHICH IS PROBABLY A GOOD THING.

STRICT PROTOCOL REQUIRES THAT THE QUEEN BE INFORMED ABOUT THE BIRTH BEFORE ANYONE ELSE.

THEN THE PUBLIC FINDS OUT:

SOUNDBITE (English) Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine

"It used to be that a notice was pinned onto the railings of Buckingham palace and it would say 'her royal highness was today safely delivered of a son, and he weighed seven pounds 4 ounces and her royal highness is doing well' something of that sort. Apparently for William and Kate, they are going to put an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham palace, as they did with Prince William, on which is a sort of formal announcement."

NEW THIS TIME AROUND?

AS SOON AS THE BULLETIN IS POSTED, THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ALSO APPEAR ON THE PALACE'S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS... ALLOWING ROYAL WATCHERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO *CAN'T* BE IN LONDON...

John Loughrey, fan of royal family

"I'm really excited. I'm just so pleased to hear the news."

TO SEND INSTANT WELL-WISHES.

SIGOUT - Name/Associated Press

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