Se está a la espera de que Kate Middleton entre al hospital para que ocurra el momento que muchos esperan: el nacimiento del nuevo heredero al trono británico y quien será el tercero en la línea de sucesión.

El bebé de los Duques de Cambridge nacerá en la misma clínica que los príncipes William y Harry: el exclusivo hospital St Mary en Paddington en el centro de Londres, de acuerdo con CNN.

La prensa internacional, desde hace días, ya garantizó las posiciones para las cámaras y las transmisiones satelitales frente al hospital.

Londres se ha convertido en un mercado ambulante de mercancías alegóricas a la que será una fecha histórica para la monarquía británica, pues sin importar que sea niña o niño, portará la corona.

Desde que se supo la noticia del embarazo de la duquesa de Cambrigde, todo ha sido programado al pie de la letra. Hay que seguir un protocolo después del nacimiento del bebé, reglas que deben ser respetadas no sólo por la familia inmediata de los padres, sino también por los progenitores del sucesor.

La fecha prevista para el nacimiento del hijo de los Duques de Cambrigde era el pasado sábado 13 de julio, pero todo apunta, y como suele ser frecuente en las mamás primerizas, que el próximo soberano se está haciendo rogar para su llegada al mundo.

El ginecólogo Marcus Setchell será quien dirigirá al equipo médico encargado del nacimiento del nuevo Windsor. De acuerdo con el sitio web del exclusivo hospital St Mary un parto normal comienza en los 6 mil euros durante las primeras 24 horas y de ser cesárea podría superar los 12 mil euros por dos noches.

El hijo de la pareja tendrá varios nombres, como es tradición en las familias reales, y siempre que se le refiera, de manera oficial, será Su Alteza Real el Príncipe o la Princesa [Nombre] de Cambridge.

Por el momento, Kate ha solicitado que sea un parto natural, decisión que sólo podría ser alterada por una situación médica.

Si la duquesa se encontrara de visita en casa de sus padres en Bucklebury, en Berkshire, en el momento en que se presenta el parto -evento bastante improbable a estas alturas- tendría la opción de no optar por el St Mary's y podría ir al Royal Berkshire Hospital, donde ella nació.

Otras reglas que se seguirán para la llegada del bebé real:

- El nombre no se revelará inmediato: los padres dispondrán de un tiempo para hacer oficial cómo han nombrado al niña o niño. Carlos y Diana, Príncipes de Gales, y padres del príncipe Guillermo, esperaron alrededor de una semana.

- Cuando se produzca el nacimiento se anunciará en un boletín que se colocará en un caballete de madera frente al Palacio de Buckingham, aunque dado al impacto de las redes sociales se hará un anuncio simultáneo vía Twitter para que la noticia sea compartida en cada rincón del mundo.

- De ocurrir en la madrugada el nacimiento, no se despertará a la reina Isabel II, por lo que probablemente se dará a conocer la noticia en las horas de la mañana y no en el momento del alumbramiento.

- Aunque los deberes del príncipe William como piloto de rescate de la Fuerza Británica no le dan la flexibilidad que que muchos piensan por ser un miembro de la realeza, el futuro papá se desplazaría desde la base militar en Anglesey, en el norte de Wales, hasta el hospital donde se encuentra su esposa en las labores de parto. La base está a unas cuatro horas y media por carretera de la capital británica, sin embargo William volaría en helicóptero hasta el Palacio de Kensington.

- La madre de Kate, Carole Middleton, se supone que sea la otra persona que acompañará a la princesa en el momento del parto, especialmente si el príncipe William no estaría presente, hecho que se ve bastante improbable también.

¿Qué significa este nacimiento en la monarquía británica?

La hija o hijo del Príncipe Guillermo de Gran Bretaña y Catalina Middleton permitió traer a la mesa de debate el anquilosado tópico de por qué las niñas, nacidas en la familia real, no gozaban de los mismos derechos y privilegios que un varón al portar la corona.

El propio Primer Ministro de Gran Bretaña, David Cameron, consideró que el tema era "demasiado espinoso y complicado como para tratarlo con rapidez", como publicó CNN.

Cameron, sin pelos en la lengua, calificó de "obsoletas" las reglas de sucesión al trono británico en reunión con líderes de La Mancomunidad de Naciones (Commonwealth en inglés) el pasado año.

Las autoridades dicen que el bebé de Kate y Guillermo desplazará al príncipe Harry, el hermano de Guillermo, como tercero en línea al trono.

Por siglos, los herederos varones tuvieron preferencia, por lo que las princesas primogénitas fueron desplazadas por sus hermanos menores en la sucesión.

En Inglaterra han existido unos 40 reyes desde 1066 y sólo siete reinas.

Por ejemplo, el príncipe Carlos será quien lleve la corona al morir la Reina Isabel II, y posteriormente el príncipe Guillermo.

Este cambio en las leyes de la monarquía británica, de acuerdo con los expertos, es un avance en materia de los derechos de la mujer. La reina Elizabeth II, por ejemplo, sólo logró llegar al trono por no tener hermanos.

Se rumora que el príncipe Harry y la hermana de Kate, Pippa Middleton, sean los padrinos de este primer bebé.

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  • A look-alike of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge becomes the centre of attention for the assembled media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, on July 19, 2013, where Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby is expected to be born. The long wait for the birth of Britain's royal baby is record business for bookmakers, as punters worldwide bet on a girl called Alexandra to be born any day now. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A look-alike of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge becomes the centre of attention for the assembled media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, on July 19, 2013, where Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby is expected to be born. The long wait for the birth of Britain's royal baby is record business for bookmakers, as punters worldwide bet on a girl called Alexandra to be born any day now. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Preparations Begin Ahead Of The Birth Of The Royal Baby

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 19: Kate Middleton and Prince William look-alikes pose for the media outside the Lindo Wing, St Marys Hospital as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

  • Journalists prepare at the entrance to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London, Thursday, July 4, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • As part of a publicity stunt, people from a bookmakers office dressed as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right and a British Guardsman, left, stand with a placard with the odds for the name of the royal baby as they pose for the media outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People sit St. Mary's Hospital coffee shop, backdropped by stepladders placed by members of the media across from the hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Friday, July 5, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to her new baby, who will be the third-in-line to the British throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. The step ladders are placed outside the hospital so that media cameramen from all over the world are set to get a glimpse of the new royal baby for Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People sit at St. Mary's Hospital coffee shop, backdropped by stepladders placed by members of the media across from the hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Friday, July 5, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to her new baby, who will be the third-in-line to the British throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. The step ladders are placed outside the hospital so that media cameramen from all over the world are set to get a glimpse of the new royal baby for Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Journalists put sweepstakes on a wall to bet for the time the royal baby will arrive at the entrance to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London, Friday, July 5, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Journalists put sweepstakes on a wall to bet for the time the royal baby will arrive at the entrance to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London, Friday, July 5, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Members of the media pass time across the street from St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Friday, July 5, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her baby in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Members of the media pass time across the street from St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Friday, July 5, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Members of the media wait across from St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 8, 2013. Major media outlets are seeking positions outside the building where Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • An artwork drawn by a cameraman depicting a stork bringing a baby is seen atop a sweepstakes board for members of the media put on a wall to bet on which day the royal baby will arrive, across the street from St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Friday, July 5, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • A note is left by a member of the media on stepladders placed to get elevated positions across from St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 8, 2013. Major media outlets are seeking positions outside the building where Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Members of the media wait outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 8, 2013. Major media outlets are seeking positions outside the building where Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Stepladders positioned by photographers stand across the street from the main entrance of St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Media outlets are marking positions outside the building where Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A note is left by a member of the media on stepladders placed to get elevated positions across from St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 8, 2013. Major media outlets are seeking positions outside the building where Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • One of a series of signs placed by members of the media, hangs from a stepladder positioned by photographers across the street from the main entrance of St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Media outlets are marking positions outside the building where Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A pregnant woman, right, stands by a sign outside St. Mary's Hospital in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. It is expected that Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate will have their first child delivered at the hospital around mid-July. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A woman takes pictures of photographers' stepladders standing across the street from the main entrance of St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Media outlets are marking positions outside the building where Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A member of a broadcast crew sits surrounded by photographers' stepladders as he waits across the street from the main entrance of St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Media outlets are marking positions outside the building where Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child to be born in mid-July. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A British police officer helps a woman pushing a baby buggy with directions outside St. Mary's Hospital in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. It is expected that Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate will have their first child delivered at the hospital around mid-July. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A passerby films with a smart phone outside the main entrance of St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. It is expected that Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate will have their first child delivered at the hospital around mid-July. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)