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Royal baby watch: From Niagara Falls to St. Mary's Hospital

Royal baby watch: The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby is fast approaching. And the royal baby watch spans the globe, from St. Mary's Hospital to Niagara Falls and beyond. 

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Royal baby watch: Britain's Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London in December.

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Royal baby excitement is reaching a peak this week, as the July 13 due date for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby nears.

ABC News quotes royal sources saying that the first Buckingham Palace announcement will be issued when Kate is admitted to the hospital, the second will be a formal birth announcement posted on an easel outside the palace.

Meanwhile the media has staked out positioins outside the building where the royal couples first child – and third in line to the British throne – will be born. The goal is to photograph and film the couple's departure from the hospital with their infant. (The hospital said in a statement July 2 that services to its patients will not be disrupted and that the buildings will remain accessible despite the anticipated crowds.)

Across the pond in North America, Niagara Falls will glow eeither pink or blue in celebration of the birth, courtesy of the US-Canadian Niagara Falls Illumination Board.  (The royal couple is reportedly prefer a surprise, and does not know the gender of the baby, yet.)

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