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Old 07-17-2013, 08:24 PM
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It would be a hoot if she delivered, and it was posted on the easel,
NO public notice until after the fact..
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:29 PM
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I thought I did read that the Midd's home had A/C, But I did hear that she was there because it's cooler than London. I can see that as she must be terribly uncomfortable now.

With 1 hour and 15 minutes, it's most likely that she has plenty of time, with a first baby, to get to St. Mary's (and most likely with a police escort as well). Heck, with a first baby, she's got time to get to the Outer Hebrides. Fast labor is very rare for a first time mother and if complications were likely, she'd have been induced by now, once she reached full term. But, never say never.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:37 PM
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Just the fact that the Middletons have a pool on the estate must be such a boon for Kate as not only a means to beat the heat, but also because she'd feel so buoyant and light in the water.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:56 PM
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Wouldn't a helicopter come into play if she actually started to have contractions?
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:15 PM
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I would think a helicopter would only be used if there was a medical emergency or she had to get to the hospital ASAP. Probably wouldn't be used if she just had contractions.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:18 PM
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Hoping baby Cambridge will wait for 22nd here too - I have a small wager on this date, my daughter's birthday - and another on the colour of its hair and name/s. Really getting carried away.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:33 PM
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Just the fact that the Middletons have a pool on the estate must be such a boon for Kate as not only a means to beat the heat, but also because she'd feel so buoyant and light in the water.
A pool is a huge plus. Catherine can relax, and feel comfortable in this nasty heat spell, which seems to be going on all over the place. My preschoolers would love to go swimming, but the office building that houses us doesn't have a pool, not to mention that the school feels taking the children into the water brings on all kinds of legal issues, in the case a child gets hurt, or worse.

In any case, it's nice that Catherine can spend some time with her family before the birth. It's probably a lot nicer outside of London at this point.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:11 PM
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The climate in the UK is pretty similar to western Oregon and Washington (a heat wave is when the mercury climbs anywhere above 85, and 90 is downright sweltering for us pampered folks who really live in pretty much a perfect climate, lol). I work for a factory distributor of a couple of major HVAC brands. A lot of homes here do not have AC, especially older ones. It is becoming more prevalent but even in newly built homes, AC is often still an upgrade. Whether or not the Middletons have AC is unknown. I got the impression from the article I read was that they did, whereas Nott Cott does not. Either way, getting out of the city and into the country is going to be cooler - just being able to get the windows and doors open to get a nice breeze running through the house is beneficial. Add in a pool (something my apt complex has two of and my niece & nephew take full advantage of during the summer when they're open, lol) and it makes for a far more comfortable retreat while Kate waits out the last few days of her pregnancy.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:22 PM
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So it is unlikely that IA Kensington Palace will have been fitted with AC? I have always assumed the refitted visitor area at KP would have AC - the humidity control is a boon for old furniture and paintings, cloth, etc. Am I wrong about the AC there?
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:35 PM
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So it is unlikely that IA Kensington Palace will have been fitted with AC? I have always assumed the refitted visitor area at KP would have AC - the humidity control is a boon for old furniture and paintings, cloth, etc. Am I wrong about the AC there?
I'd be shocked if 1A, with all the renovations that have been done, doesn't get AC. However, with historic buildings there are all sorts of regulations and it might not be possible to install a ducted HVAC system. While the ductless systems are quite a good option in many buildings, they might also be considered just unsightly enough to also not be a viable option.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:39 PM
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Same here in the hills of NE, most homes don't have AC though newer ones are built with it now. Hot spells, above 85 for 3-5 days are rare, but it's happening now!

Kate will be uncomfortable no matter what. One thing is for sure, she has top medical team monitoring everything.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:16 PM
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LOL Yes I'm finding it funny the reaction to a few days of just over 30 degrees in England. I live in Oz so 30 is a lovely spring day here. People wanting people to get off work etc just seems so silly. Most offices would have air conditioning and fans are fine for that sort of tempreture. Kate would be uncomfortable so hopefully her parents either have a nice cool house or it's possible they do have a/c at least they have a pool. I hope this baby comes I think that live feed is funny bet the cleaner didn't think cleaning would make him a star. LOL Are the press doing shifts so the hospital is covered 24 hours?
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:46 PM
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I'm not shocked Kensington Palace has no air AC. I don't think London gets super hot, and when it does most of the Kensington Palace residents (as well as other royals in London) are probably at their country estates where they can escape the heat.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:13 AM
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I wonder if the Gloucesters still have a place in the country. they sold their estate which belonged to Prince Henry and Princess Alice, due to death taxes, and live at Kensington Palace, where Alice lived with them too until her death. I read this. But maybe they go to some resort in the hottest times.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:27 AM
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Same here in the hills of NE, most homes don't have AC though newer ones are built with it now. Hot spells, above 85 for 3-5 days are rare, but it's happening now!

Kate will be uncomfortable no matter what. One thing is for sure, she has top medical team monitoring everything.
Huh, I lived in Providence for 15 years and it was pretty common to have 2 to 4 weeks each summer with both temps and humidity above 90. Now I live near Seattle and it's much more moderate, but I did buy a portable AC unit.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:52 AM
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Well, I must say that I am glad we are now beyond July 17 so that baby Cambridge will have its own birthday and not share the date with Camilla. Nothing against her, of course, but I do think it would have been awkward.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:55 AM
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Well, I must say that I am glad we are now beyond July 17 so that baby Cambridge will have its own birthday and not share the date with Camilla. Nothing against her, of course, but I do think it would have been awkward.
While I a, glad it wasn't born today (I didn't want it to be born on Diana Birthday either) because now it can have it own birthday, Why would it be awkward if it had the same birthday as it Step Grandmother?
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:14 AM
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So I'm listening to Ryan Seacrest at work and he just reported that the previous due date was a cover-date and the actual due date has been released as July 23rd.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:19 AM
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My birthday's the 24th. That would be cool!
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:24 AM
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I'm living in Ticino - which is southside of the Alpen with hot weather every summer. I know not many houses who have A/C (I know only one). We have solid built houses which stay cool for quite some time, if you close the sun out in the day and open to the cooler night air. We have two fan's though.

A lot of people have summerreatreats a bit up in the mountains. Some live there for 3 to 4 month each year.

A/C other than in office-buildings is frowned upon as energy waisting devices. And righly so I think. There are a lot other possibilities to keep cool. Switzerland aim is to use not more than 2000w /p.
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