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British tabloid sends royal ringers to hospital

July 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

LONDON, July 20 (UPI) -- The Sun newspaper set off a media frenzy when it dispatched a pair of royal lookalikes to the London hospital where an heir to the British throne is to be born.

The newspaper recruited lookalikes for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his duchess, the former Kate Middleton. They arrived at St. Mary's Hospital in a Range Rover at about 5 p.m. Friday.

Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, William's grandmother, actually sent a tweet -- "Kate's in through the front door." He quickly realized his mistake and sent a follow-up, "False alarm Sun stunt."

Tom Moore and Nicola Maher later posed outside the hospital revealing matching T-shirts under their now unbuttoned jackets: "The Sun No. 1 For Royal Baby News."

The baby, when it arrives, will be third in line for the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William. The child will keep that status because the rules of succession have been changed to become gender-neutral.

The royal couple have never released a specific due date beyond mid-July.

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