Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Kate's Birth Details Officially Announced!

Details regarding the arrangements for Baby Cambridge's birth were released by royal aides today. As expected William and Kate's baby will be born at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, the same hospital where William and Harry were born.

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Sky News's royal correspondent Paul Harrison outside St Mary's today, noted he shall be spending quite some time there in the next few weeks as the world's media descends to cover the birth of the future monarch.


Kate has chosen to forsake a Caesarean Section and plans to give birth naturally. More from the Daily Express article:

'Kate's birth plan at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, for a future King or Queen will be welcomed by doctors concerned that a rise in the number of mothers choosing a Caesarean to avoid a strenuous labour is placing extra strains on the National Health Service as well as private hospitals.'

Looking after Kate will be Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Wessex children and Alan Farthing, the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist. Should the Duchess go into labour early, aides have drawn up contingency plans to take Kate to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading (close to the Middleton family home) or a hospital in Bangor, near their home in Anglesey.

Despite ongoing press speculation St James's Palace confirmed William and Kate do not know the gender of their baby. Kate has previously said she would love a boy whilst William is hoping for a girl, however it will be very much a surprise for the couple who decided to keep with royal tradition by choosing not to find out before the birth.


Prince William does not intend to take time off before the birth. He works a four days on, four days off shift pattern at RAF Valley as a Search and Rescue pilot, meaning it could be quite the race against time for him should Kate go into labour almost 300 miles away. In the meantime, Kate isn't planning to spend time in Anglesey between now and the mid-July birth, instead dividing her time between the couple's two-bedroom home at Kensington Palace, Nottingham Cottage and the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.


Richard Palmer shared news that William plans to take two weeks paternity leave and Kate remains undecided about the duration of her maternity leave.


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How will the royal birth be announced? In this age of social media where one tweet can be circulated around the world the Palace has taken modern technology into consideration, but the first indication that the Duchess has given birth will come when an aide leaves the hospital carrying a foolscap piece of paper with details of the baby's gender, weight and time of birth, which will be handed to a driver and taken to Buckingham Palace.

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In keeping with tradition, the nation will be officially informed the royal heir has been born when the aforementioned piece of paper is placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. It will not be put in place until the Queen, the Royal Family and the Middletons have been notified. After this, notices will appear on social media sites.

A Palace spokesman discussed the importance of keeping with tradition:

'It is very important to us that it will not be announced first on Twitter, although it will be announced on Twitter in due course.
 We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the degree of dignity that the event demands. This is the birth of a child who will be in line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be able to do it with some historical precedence.'

The birth will be marked by artillery companies around the UK, including a 62-gun salvo at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company and a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

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When will we find out Baby Cambridge's name? William's was not announced for a week because Charles and Diana simply couldn't agree on one. It will depend on whether or not William and Kate have names in mind yet :) And when can we expect to see baby for the first time? When Kate is released from hospital, the Cambridge family will leave via the front door and pose for a few moments allowing photos to be taken.

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Charles and Diana carry newborn William out of St. Mary's in 1982.


And leaving St Mary's with Harry in 1984.

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It is hoped Prince William will make a brief statement on the steps shortly after the the good news has been announced and the Middletons are expected to release a statement although arrangements for this have not yet been put in place. The couple are said to be planning on staying at Kensington Palace after the birth, but have no concrete plans after that.


The Palace have appealed for sensitive reporting in the wake of nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death following a prank call at King Edward VII's Hospital where Kate was treated for acute morning sickness in December.

'Whilst this is a deeply personal and private moment for the Duke and Duchess they recognise of course that it is also a moment of national celebration.
 We appreciate that there will be mass interest in the Duke and Duchess and their baby over the course of the next few months and many people will want to share in their happiness most significantly around the time of the birth. We simply appeal to all members of media for the appropriate degree of sensitivity, dignity and privacy in their reporting.
 With the events of King Edward VII's hospital still strong in our memories, we would expect any media covering the Duchess of Cambridge's hospitalisation to ensure that the normal functions of the hospital are not impeded by any media presence.'

As you can see from the cover of Hello! this week the countdown is well and truly on :)

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There is no doubt the arrival of Baby Cambridge will be a momentous occasion. Feel free to share your baby name guesses and do you think it will be a boy or a girl? One of our lovely commenters Rachel, suggested we add a poll enabling readers to guess the baby's gender. You can find it on the sidebar, I look forward to seeing your votes :)

138 comments:

  1. How fun to see a new post today! Thank you so much for all the new information.

    I think it's wonderful that Kate is hoping for a natural birth. (That's how I had both of my children and it was amazing!)And I certainly hope that the media is respectful of the situation, and that the Duke & Duchess, as well as the hospital staff, have some privacy.

    Thank you, Charlotte! :o)

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  2. I recall Diana (during the Bashir interview) saying "I felt the whole country was in labour with me." It appears to be a very similar scenario for Kate. :)

    I cannot wait for the first photo of them leaving the hospital with their baby!!

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  3. Sarah from Calif.20 June 2013 at 00:14

    Oh my goodness. How exciting this is. The wait is on.
    I love what the palace spokesman has said. It is only right that the families of William and Kate know first and as far as posting a letter to everyone else (us) love it! and then twit away everyone....

    Boy : Philip Charles Michael Henry (Harry)
    Girl : Alexandra Elizabeth Victoria (hmmmm still not decided on the rest)
    God bless the young couple and their special little one!!!!!!!

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly with these names. They are the ones I chose as well! I think the baby will be born on July 17th.

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  4. Pauline Oak Hills20 June 2013 at 00:18

    Hello Ms. Charlotte
    Another great post. It is getting down to baby birth time. I get up every morning now thinking maybe there will be news. I am 8 hrs different then the UK, so when I get up it is already mid afternoon (around 3pm UK time, 7am in the states).

    I just hope for the Duchess's well being that William make's in time for the borth if he is on duty in Anglesey. And man I wish they woudl let us know what William's future plans are. Since he is only taking a two week laeve then back to his duties. Again he will be leaving his Duchess and now his baby.

    Again thank you for keeping us up to date. Love this blog and all the fans who comment her.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills20 June 2013 at 01:34

      I am thinking girl. Named Alexandra Elizabeth Diana Carole. But if Baby Cambridge is a little boy, then we will have Phillip Charles Micheal James. But whatever the sex is it will be loved just the same. I hope for a fast and safe labor and delivery.

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    2. Hey Pauline!Even I am hoping for a girl with the name Alexandra.Even Im hoping its an early delivery!Gosh I feel like all of us are going into labor with Kate!!btw love that picture of Diana and Charles with baby William,,Diana has such a lovely glow about her! Thanks Charlotte for this wonderful update!!!xoxo

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    3. Yes I wondered about that too, was ecpecting william to anounce his future plans at the beginning of the year.. About the lenght of his paternity leave I can only say lucky guy. In my country you only get one day of as a father and this includes the day of the birth!!

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    4. One does not need to physically be with their spouse every second, some readers get so concerned when life gets in the way of marriage. I think most folks are seperated a minimum of 11 hours or more perday and the divorce rate is not that high.
      I think the Cambridges will survive short time apart. The only people who fixate on togetherness either had an unfaithful spouse or parent the rest of us trust.

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    5. @ Anonymous 20 June 22:39

      I totally agree. Not all couples (married or not) need to be joined at the hip 24/7. William and Kate enjoyed a long courtship and she is well aware of the realities of royal life. Obviously, the formula works for them.

      Unfaithfulness may have something to do with it in some cases, but I also think people have different degrees of "need". The bottom line is that whatever works for a couple is their own business.

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills21 June 2013 at 05:52

      Interesting comments. Yes they have been together for a long time and married for a little over two years. Now they will have a baby and William will be returning to Anglesey for work and again leaving his Duchess & baby. The Duchess as been alone (without William) for most of her pregnacy due to his work and her illness. But since their apartment 1A will not be ready until the fall I don't understand why she can not return to Anglesey with William and the baby.

      As long as the delivery went well and there was no problem then there is no reason why they can not be together as a family. It is very important for the parents to be with their baby so they can start the bonding process.

      And we don't know how long William has left until he is completely done with hsi RAF duty. And what his plans for the future are. And agree with you all that you don;t need to be together 24/7 but with Williams flight schedule he is gone from his Duchess 4 to 5 days.
      Let's hope they can work somethign out so they can be together to start the bonding process.

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  5. That is so exciting! I think Baby Cambridge will be born sooner than expected! Sending my best wishes to Catherine for an easy delivery, even though it may take almost 24h to the birth once she is in labour.

    I would love a baby girl, but I have a feeling they will have a boy.

    My guesses regarding possible names are George for a future King and Amelia for a future Queen. Even though I'm very fond of Alexandra, which seems to be everyone's bet!

    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills20 June 2013 at 01:36

      Hey Ana from Brazil- How are you my friend? I too think the duchess will go into labor sooner. I feel maybe the end of June or the very first part of July. And I hope William make's it in time for the birth if he is on duty.

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    2. Hello, my dear Pauline! I'm fine, thank you! And how are you? I totally agree with you! And hope William manage to be with Catherine when the time comes!
      Enjoy a great weekend!
      Hugs ;)

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    3. Pauline Oak HIlls21 June 2013 at 23:40

      Hey Ana- Glad to know you are doing well.It really is getting exciting to know that BABY Cambridge will be here in not time.
      I am doing well thank you. Youtoo have a great weekend. I jsut hope it is not to hot. I hate hot weather. Today it is in teh 80's which is good.

      You take care my friend. Adn if it was not for Charlotte you and I woudl not be able to talk. So thank you Ms. Charlotte for bring us fan from around the world together in this great blog.

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    4. Oh, I really hate hot weather! So I guess I live in the wrong place! Today, Winter has finally come and the temperature will be around 14 C tomorrow!
      I'm very glad we have a great community here! I haven't met anyone here where I live that enjoys the British Royal Family as much as I do! Sometimes people laugh about it, because we weren't even a British colony! But I just adore them!
      Well, it feels good to be a part of this community, where I can meet new people, practice a second language and also talk about a subject I really enjoy!
      A lovely weekend to you all ;)

      Ana B. from Brazil

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  6. hey, thanks for the great post, charlotte. i kind of hope it will be a boy as i think being in that position is a bit easier for guys with a little less judgement by the media i'd like to think. anyway whatever it is i am really, really curious about the name.

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    1. The Queen has been in that position for 60 years. She is respected & has done a great job. It's 2013. I am quite confident people are evolved enough to accept a girl in the role. Plus, she won't be Queen for many many years.

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills20 June 2013 at 02:02

      Lulu I totally agree with you. That remark was a little sexest I think. TheQueen has done a remarkable job in leading the UK for many years with many more to come.

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    3. I think Dani's point is that the media is a little sexist. The Queen is a remarkable woman, but when she was coming of age the royal family was not under the spotlight the way it is now. I think it probably, unfortunately, will be slightly easier for a boy to navigate the media pressure, but that's due to the nature of the media, not because girls are less equipped in some way. Either way, I feel for the Cambridges - it's got to be a little unnerving, knowing that their child, boy or girl, is going to be under such a spotlight. Luckily, William knows the ropes. I think they will make spectacular parents.

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    4. i'm a woman studying for my MA. there is absolutely no reason for me to be sexist about anything. i am the last one to believe that a woman can't perfom as well as a man (in most cases we probably perfom even better). so i wasn't being sexist ar all. maybe i should have said "...being in the spotlight is a bit easier for guys" rather than "in that position". sadly, in our society women are being far more scutinized and judged than men are. i know having that kind of media attention isn't easy for anyone but i guess it is a lot more bearable when no one constantly comments on your clothes or your weight. especially as a teenager. look at victoria of sweden, she developed an eating disorder at some stage so did diana. and once you had that disorder, you will always stuggle. and look at how harsh the media is treating beatice and eugine at times. i would just wish that no girl would have to go through that public judgement, let alone constanly while growing up. so its not a question of ability, its a question of the constant judgement by our society and the media. i hope i made my point clear enough now.

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    5. I don't think Dani meant to be sexist. Just making an observation that unfortunately women are still judged on their looks despite their abilities on the job. Not that they should be! But just look at the ridiculous comments the Australian prime minister has hadto put up with. Had she been a man I doubt anyone would have mentioned her thighs. And look at the difficulties William has had to put up with since birth. That would be much worse now in the digital age. And particularly more so for a girl. People are so mean about Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. They are pretty girls who are normal sized but still people say horrible things, calling them the ugly sisters etc. Which is really unfair! Nobody talks about men in such a way. William and Harry are not particularly good looking. But nobody comments on that, because it doesn't matter! I do hope it's a girl and I hope she can be as inspiring as her great-grandmother. I just think the poor girl would need a lot of support from her family to ignore the inevitable criticisms about her weight , clothes etc that will undoubtedly be levelled at her. I'd love to be wrong on that , but depressingly I think I would not be. Something needs to change. Us women need to stick together and stop ourselves from being mean about other women. We all know how hard it is battling through years of low self esteem because of how we look. What a waste of life! Let's help our younger sisters to feel good about who they are and not what they look like.

      End of rant! : P

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    6. Thank you for the support Claire and Anonymous. Also Anonymus: Amen. I wish we would stick together and support each other more but i guess that is an entire different story and doesn't really belong here. i would also hope a girl would be an inspiring example to other women in a few years but my wish to spare any woman this kind of sexist treatment by the media outweighs everything else. but anyway...we'll see. i am excited either way.

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    7. True and beautiful words anonymous 4:51!!!

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    8. Well said, Dani and Anonymous 04:51.

      I also think that a girl, through no fault of her own, would always be compared to Diana. Kate's got it bad enough in terms of Diana-comparisons but this child will actually be Diana's grandchild, a true blood relative of hers. That's a lot of pressure to put on a child from birth!

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    9. I rather doubt that a girl would constantly be compared with Diana. Diana was not born royal, she was not raised a princess within the royal family. This child's situation will be quite different.

      However, it would be a very bad idea to give her the name of someone so heavily scrutinized by the media. She really needs a first name less burdensome and more her own.

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    10. I didn't think Dani was being sexist at all. I understood her point perfectly, and agreed with it. (And dare I say the proof was in the pudding. LOL)

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    11. You are absolutely right about women being under scrutiny and judged more harshly than men. Perhaps by the time a future female monarch is crowned mid- century, we will have evolved beyond all that.

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  7. Thanks for the great post! Getting very excited for Baby Cambridge! I'm really hoping for a girl- my bet is still Alexandra with maybe Philip, George or Edward for a boy.

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  8. Great post ~Charlotte, but I do have a query.

    Palace aides have said that there are contingency plans including going to the hospital at Bangor in North Wales. Later in you post you say that she isn't going to be spending any time in Anglesey. Can you say your source for this last bit, because if this was the case then she wouldn't need arrangements made at Bangor.

    Many thanks

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    1. Hello,

      At the moment there are no plans for Kate to spend time in Anglesey but that's not to say she won't change her mind in a couple of weeks. They're preparing for all eventualities :)

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    2. Jean from Lancs.20 June 2013 at 08:05

      Charlotte,
      I should imagine Bangor have been prepared throughout the pregnancy, in case of any problems earlier on.

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    3. I asked a royal correspondent about Bangor this morning and you are completely right Jean. They've been prepared throughout the pregnancy and they're covering all eventualities.

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  9. That's what I love about royal life: the tradition & the "theater" of it all. Finding that delicate balance of honoring history while moving forward with modern times while ALSO trying to experience the birth of their child on a personal level is not easy but I have faith that they will find a way to make it work...for ALL involved! xo Lulu

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  10. Charlotte,
    Thanks for this wonderful post. I think it would be great if you did a poll where your readers guess the sex and first name of the baby to see how close we readers get to what it actually is.

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    1. Amazing idea Rachel! I'll add one now :)

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  11. Hello Charlotte,

    I have been reading your blog for many months (It is fantastic!) but this is the first time I have posted. I could not resist :)
    I think they will have a girl and name her Alexandra Elizabeth Charlotte Frances. If they do have a boy I agree with Sarah - Philip Charles Michael Henry. I think the little one will arrive July 1st. Anyone else have any thoughts on a date?
    Best wishes to Kate and William at this exciting time. :)

    Robin, Canada

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  12. Just wanted to say how much I love reading these posts. I am in Texas and so miss the pagentry of my good olde England. Thank you for all the lovely comments that I so enjoy reading Angela

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA20 June 2013 at 22:23

      Dear Angela, I am sad you are missing England, but welcome to Texas! No one does the pomp and pageantry like the British. Hopefully you have the opportunity to visit England soon. Maybe a visit back to England during the hot Texas summer. I will say English summers are MUCH more pleasant! :)

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    2. Robin Indiana USA
      Kate I do hope you had a wonderful travel back to London. Are you still on cloud 9 from seeing the Duchess? Hope you had a blast at the Trooping Of The Colours. Your friend from Indiana God Bless You.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA22 June 2013 at 06:58

      Robin, the entire trip was amazing, but Trooping the Colour was definitely the best! Seeing Kate and the Queen were fantastic! I was so thankful the rain held off and the day was grand and glorious. I wish I could pack everyone in my suitcase next time! I shared some pictures with Charlotte so she can post them in the near future. I am definitely NOT a professional photographer, but think they turned out pretty well. :)

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  13. Thank you for your comments everyone, and to those commenting for the first time I hope you'll all become part of the wonderful community here.

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  14. is it lame that i wake up every morning here in the us and check to see if kates in labor? im not even a uk citizen and i am really excited! hopefully she doesnt take 6 months off we barely see her as it is! and i hope its a girl and the name i would choose is elizabeth diana carole

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  15. Ha. Ha you made me laugh about William getting there in time. An average first time mums labour is about sixteen hours or so. So plenty of time. ( my first labour was considered pretty short, five and half hours). Its a very exciting time for them both and wish them a smooth and uncoplicated labour and delivery.
    kom, from nz

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    1. And that goes to show you what I know about childbirth which is absolutely nothing :) With those statistics I have no doubt William will get there in time!

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    2. my cousin just had her first baby in a matter of three hours. you never know ;)

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA20 June 2013 at 14:36

      My first labor was 8 hours, but everyone's body and timing are different. All 4 of my were quick, easy, and relatively painless. I pray Kate's can be the same! :) Charlotte, your comment made me giggle!

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  16. I am so excited Charlotte!! Thank you for keeping us all up to date. You are so lovely!

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  17. I think it is fantastic that HRH Duchess of Cambridge is planning to give birth naturally. I just gave birth to my 2nd child recently and it went very smoothly. My birth experience with each child was very different. I prepared myself by reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth http://www.nextread.me/books/2959 It was a fantastic book that really empowered me to try and give birth as natural as my body allowed. It is a fantastic read I strongly recommend it to any woman planning to give birth soon. Good luck HRH Duchess of Cambridge!!!

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  18. Canadian Friend20 June 2013 at 04:29

    It's all very exciting!

    Foremost, I hope Kate has an easy time in her labour and delivery. I'm sure if she needs a caesarean section, she'll have one. Most women have them out of medical necessity, not because they're too posh to push. Let's hope she and William are not placed in that very scary situation (I know. My husband and I've been there. Luckily, my son and I came through)!

    I think it's a boy but would be equally delighted with a girl.

    If it's a boy, I believe his first name will be George. The Queen deeply reveres her father, George VI, who is being recognized again recently for the profoundly competent ruler and quiet leader he was. I think making a baby Cambridge his namesake would be a lovely tribute to the Queen.

    For historical reasons, I'm not sure there will ever be a "King Phillip" of England, given that it was a very popular name for various Spanish kings when they were England's sworn enemies. I know this sounds archaic but notice there has never been one since the 1550s when the much hated Phillip II of Spain was briefly married to Mary I of England.

    Similar problems arise with "King John". The one in the early 1200s was so awful, there hasn't been one since. The last "King James" was very problematic as well. That name still conjures up memories of the various Pretenders who caused so much trouble in the 1740s.

    I think Edward is a real name contender too. Phillip, Charles, Henry, Michael, James, Albert may all be in the running as middle names. There is always the possibility of a child, boy or girl, being called by a less conventional name or one of their middle names for most of their lives, and then assuming one of their more traditional names when they inherit the throne. Edward VIII took that name for his brief rule but was always called "David" by his family and friends.

    For girls, I think Victoria is a real possibility. The first was such a successful ruler so it would be nice to try to have another. Elizabeth is another great choice as HM is a superb queen and her namesake would always benefit from the goodwill the world feels for the current Elizabeth.

    I think Mary is a possibility. Catherine (Katherine) would be a tribute to Kate and is a frequent name of English Queen Consorts; although there has never been a Queen Catherine in her own right. Alexandra is beautiful. I could see it being used as David was used for Edward VIII with a more traditional name being taken upon ascension. Other names to be used as middle names would obviously be Diana, Frances, Carole, Phillipa (I'm surprised it hasn't been suggested more), Alice, Sophia, Caroline, even Matilda or Eleanor.

    I just hope he or she is healthy! Can't wait! I'm really happy to have such a great group to share the news with.

    Let's hope for a happy sighting at the Percy wedding this Saturday.

    Many thanks, Charlotte, for all your wonderful, creative posts.

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    1. Of course, within the royal family, George VI was never called "George" but rather "Bertie," for his real first name, Albert. However, I do think George is a possibility.

      I'd prefer to see them name a boy Robert or Alexander, to make a nod to the Scottish heritage; and Eleanor or Alice for a girl. I think, though, that Elizabeth is the most likely possibility for a girl.

      I think that, besides Elizabeth, no name belonging to a living British royal will be used as a first name, so Sophia is quite unlikely, since Sophie is the name of Prince Edward's wife. That also excludes Edward, Henry, Michael, James, Alexandra, Catherine, Philip and Charles. Some of those could, of course, be used as middle names.

      The problem with Victoria is that the future queen regnant of Sweden is named Victoria. She is, of course, quite a bit older than this baby, but the possibility of two queens regnant called Victoria does exist. Of course, the second in line to the throne in Belgium is named Elisabeth, and she is still a child, so perhaps the British royals won't concern themselves with the names of royals in other nations.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.21 June 2013 at 01:50

      Canadian Friend, I so enjoyed reading all of your notes on names. Interesting thoughts on the name Philip. Pretty amazing how much weight a name can carry.

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    3. I might add, there wasn't an English King Philip BEFORE the 16th century either. It was, however, a royal name in France, which might have been the decisive factor in shaping English attitudes towards it, ruling it out long before the conflict with Spain.

      John wasn't quite as awful a king as he's been painted, and the name was actually used for the youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary. He died tragically at a very young age. That seems to play a role in views that it is not to be used again. Diana apparently wanted it for one of her sons, because her father's name was John, but the Queen turned it down.

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    4. Jean from Lancs.21 June 2013 at 21:10

      We got the Magna Carta during the reign of King John, so cannot see why it could not be used again.
      At the time of William's birth it was reported that Diana wished to call him Oliver--I suspect that would have gone down like a lead balloon.
      Of course that report was probably as untrue as many we are getting now!

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  19. Well thank you for this imformtion im really looking forward for this birth since they got married im looking forward on their bundle of joy

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  20. I like Victoria, Rose, Alexandra, Alice, Frances or Arthur, James, John, Henry :))

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  21. I think she must be a very tough girl I can't imagine my marriage the way they live far away from each other:-( I hope when the baby is born they spend time together as a family, it will be a really difficult time for her. Do I remember well that William is on RAF duty till September? There are so many vague reports on what happens next? I think we wait and see. I think she is expecting a boy. Name is whatever they give is fine he/she should be healthy, that's the most important thing.

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  22. Would it be a possibility that William and Kate gave it a name that might not be that traditional for a king or queen and then the child changing it later on? like king george VI did when he became king in 1936? Just cam to think of it when i read Canadian Friends post. Interesting name analysis, thanks :)

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  23. Very interesting to know that the gender will be a surprise. That makes it much easier to not tell anybody the babies gender in advance ;-)

    I bet on a boy, but a girl would be nice as well. My favourite boys first name would be Albert and for a girl probably Alice or Alexandra. I also like Victoria, but when Baby Cambridge will heir the throne, there might still be Queen Victoria from Sweden... ;-) Maybe they also think about this..?

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  24. I believe that the Cambridges will have a girl; the Duchess is carrying high which typically indicates a girl. I think they will choose Alexandra or Victoria with Diana as a middle name. I am eagerly awaiting the next time we see the Duchess! Good luck and best wishes for an easy delivery and healthy baby (whatever it may be)!!!

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  25. I am so looking forward to the birth of Baby Cambridge. I love the name Alexandra, and I find "Canadian Friend" remarks about Philip as a first name fascinating. I had thought Philip a real contender, given that Prince Philip is not that well. I am surprised that Edward would be such a name contender, as the Count of Wessex is Edward.

    At any rate, I simply cannot wait!

    Another Canadian Friend.

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  26. I am so looking forward to the birth of Baby Cambridge. I love the name Alexandra, and I find "Canadian Friend" remarks about Philip as a first name fascinating. I had thought Philip a real contender, given that Prince Philip is not that well. I am surprised that Edward would be such a name contender, as the Count of Wessex is Edward.

    At any rate, I simply cannot wait!

    Another Canadian Friend.

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  27. Oh, I wish the best for William and Kate!! <3 I personally hope they have a girl - think of how cute she would be and the clothes she would where!! Of course, a boy would be wonderful too. I like traditional and pretty names, I don't think William and Kate would go for a name too modern! I like the names (for a girl :)) Grace and Rose and think it would be cute if the middle name was Diana. So excited!!! :)

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  28. Kate, Texas, USA20 June 2013 at 15:02

    LOVED this post! I have just returned from across the pond and had a BRILLIANT time!!!! I packed out going to and fro over the week I was there, but the highlight was Trooping the Colour. Kate looked absolutely beautiful and was in such great spirits! William looked SO handsome in his uniform and I loved seeing him ride behind his grandmother's carriage. I had an amazing spot on the parade route right as they turned off The Mall heading down to Horseguards. The pomp and pageantry were fantastic! The Brits really are the best when it comes to show! I quickly got down The Mall after the parade and got a spot RIGHT in front of the palace for the balcony appearance. It was absolutely amazing!!!! Wish I could post some of my pictures on the blog. :) My only disappointment was that the Queen was in a closed top carriage. It was the one she used on her wedding day and it was beautiful, but wishing it had been open. The rain held off until the minute they returned inside the palace and then it poured. Very thankful it held off. Loved having high tea, eating scones and clotted cream, and taking quiet strolls through Kensington Palace Gardens everyday. Sorry, no Kate sightings in the gardens. You did know when William and Kate were in residence because there was a VERY noticeable increase in security. There were police and guards everywhere. Also, can't forget the fabulous pubs! The pub food and drink is like no other! Missing that alot! It was a lovely visit and I'm already trying to plan a trip back!

    I go back and forth between boy and girl. Many said on Saturday that it's a girl because of her lovely pink dress....who knows?!?!? Really just praying for a happy healthy baby. :) For boy....Henry Phillip Charles Michael and for girl....Elizabeth Victoria Diana Carole, although I would love for her name to be Catherine also. Maybe time for another Queen Catherine! Queen Elizabeth has done a remarkable and flawless job as queen, so maybe Elizabeth III would be fitting. :) I do have a feeling if Kate does not attend the wedding of Thomas and Melissa this weekend, the baby will be coming sooner than later. That's just my opinion. :) I do hope wherever Kate is that she can make it back to St. Mary's, so the baby can be born the same place as its daddy. I love tradition and think it would be lovely. Also hope William can be there in time. Maybe they will be blessed for her to go into labor on one of his days off when he is around.

    Countdown and excitement is in the air. It was the talk of the town in many places I was at around London! SO EXCITING!!!! Hopefully Kate can enjoy these last few weeks and rest up!

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    1. Welcome back Kate :)

      I am so delighted you had a wonderful time, your photos from Trooping were just lovely. It sounds like you really had an opportunity to take in the sights of London and most importantly spot the royals :)

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    2. Jean from Lancs.20 June 2013 at 19:08

      Glad you enjoyed your visit to these shores Kate.
      Come back soon!

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    3. SO glad you had a fabulous time, Kate! It's awesome that you got to see the Duke & Duchess in person. :o)

      Julie

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA20 June 2013 at 22:04

      Charlotte and Jean, thanks so much! It truly was an AMAZING time! Once again the British people were so warm, welcoming, and kind. I stood by a lovely couple from Northampton for Trooping the Colour and got to help an older couple from Manchester around the Tower. Their daughter had given them a voucher and they had never been. The couple from Northampton invited me to their home if I every travel that way. Everywhere we went the people were absolutely lovely. :) I told my husband I would love to have a summer home in England. He just laughed! I am really trying to work out coming back for the exhibition at Buckingham Palace, but we'll see.

      I forgot to comment about the Coronation Concert at Westminster Abbey. It was absolutely fantastic! The music was breathtaking and they walked us through the events of the coronation in between songs. I will say my favorite was Perry's "I Was Glad". The trumpet fanfare and music made me teary. It was so majestic and beautiful! Such a wonderful service and experience!

      Charlotte, still hoping to treat you to a nice dinner one day as a small thanks for the amazing job you do with the blog! I did miss commenting while I was there, but was thankful to keep in touch with email. :)

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    5. Sarah from Calif.20 June 2013 at 23:35

      Kate welcome back. It sounds like you had a fabulous trip. Do wish I could see all of your pictures. Haven't checked my email yet but, when you have a chance would love to see a few. I hope your daughter had the time of her life. What wonderful memories you are making for her!!!!!
      tell your hubby I think a cottage in England would be perfect. If you get one then I will make my way over.

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills21 June 2013 at 02:06

      Welcome home Kate from Texas. So glad you had a wonderful trip and even had the chance to see the beaufiul Duchess & her handsome Prince. One day I woudl love to visit. My grandmother was from England and so is my brother in law. I have sone soem family research and would love to take what I found to England.

      I hope you will allow Ms. Charlotte to shrae your pictures. I would love to see the them. We all can live through your grat trip.

      Now we wait the birth of the royal Baby Cambridge.

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    7. Kate I'm so pleased to hear you had such a great time! The atmosphere must be electric in London right now! I bet Kate looks even more beautiful in the flesh! Do wish I could see your photos! I'd love to see the outfit you wore for the concert too :)

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  29. Z. from Portugal20 June 2013 at 15:17

    I agree, this is all very exciting! The birth of a heir to the throne is indeed a rare occasion :)

    Well, honestly I don't have a clue if it is a boy or a girl. I have in mind a name for a girl: Victoria Elizabeth Diana Carole. But I think they're going to choose an unusual name, as it happened in Sweden with the name of little princess Estelle.

    Oh and I doubt that they don't now the baby's gender... I clearly remember that Diana said on an interview that she knew her first child was going to be a boy before he was born, and that she "felt an enourmous relief" :)

    Can't wait for the "d" day!! :)
    Hugs! Have an excellent weekend!
    Z.

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  30. Great post Charlotte! But what do you mean with: "the couple are said to be planning on staying at Kensington Palace after the birth, but have no concrete plans after that" ? As Kensington Palace will be their new home, where else should they go? :)

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    1. They are talks of the couple spending time in Bucklebury and Balmoral after the birth and William will be returning to work after 2 weeks paternity leave in Anglesey.

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills21 June 2013 at 05:37

      Ms. Charlotte- When William returne's to his RAF duties again he will be leaving his wife but this time it will be with a baby. Is there any reason why she can not return to Anglesey with him and take the baby with them? To me it does not make any sense since their apartment is not going to be ready until the fall. How long until William is completely finished with he duties with the RAF? Nothing has been said about what his plans are going to be.

      If her delivery goes off without any problems there is no reason why she can not return to Anglesey. It would be more private for them.
      To me it just seems unnesseray to be separated for 4 to 5 days aweek when you are trying to bond with your new baby.

      I know I will get alot of crap from some of you readers but if you don;t need t be apart then why do it.

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    3. Jean from Lancs.21 June 2013 at 18:29

      I suspect that is because when William is on duty it is for 24 hours at a time, which would mean she'd be alone for long periods.
      However as we are told that they have not made up their minds were they will be, I suspect it depends on how Catherine and the baby are when his 2 weeks leave is over.

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills21 June 2013 at 20:24

      @ Jean- Now what you jsut said makes sense. If the Duchess is feeling good after the delivery and the baby is fine then I see no reason why they can not all go back to Anglesey. It would give them more privacy.

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  31. I think it's a girl. It would be lovely if she was named Alexandra Elizabeth Frances.
    I don't think it's a boy. But if it is, then George Henry Philip.

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  32. If its a girl i would name it cassanda elizabeth charlotte diana and caroline frances if its a boy micheal alexander or henry james or jensen phillp

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  33. Love the poll Charlotte. I love the name Alexandra for a girl. My guess however would be a boy. I wonder if there will be any other royal baby celebration events taking place later this year?

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  34. Such an exciting post, Charlotte! Thanks for being so incredibly thorough (as always)! I don't know if I can take a guess as to the gender of the baby, but I'm thinking it will happen sooner than mid July, considering that they are releasing the birth plan already. I'm getting really excited!! :-)

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  35. carrie/rocky mountains20 June 2013 at 16:50

    I like guinevere or gwendelyn for a princess and james or alexander for a prince. Great post charlotte, like always.

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    1. Guinevere would be superb!

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    2. Jean from Lancs.21 June 2013 at 18:29

      Must admit-- I quite like that too.

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  36. For a girl, would love Charlotte, not just for our Charlotte but for the Charlotte who should have been queen but died. Use by Spencers may nix that. Alexandra has positive royal connections, so would Margaret, the queen's late sister. Diana is too political for a first name. Any Princess Diana is likely to be Harry's daughter. Mary does not have a good royal history. Carole is terribly 1950 but Caroline a possibility although there is a well known Princess Caroline. Same problem with Victoria although age difference between Swedish princess and coming one might be great enough to make this not matter.

    Elizabeth III would sound lovely. Possible they might use that and choose a nickname like Bess or Eliza to avoid confusion but Kate isn't fond of nicknames.

    See the historical problem with Phillip but so long ago and he is such a loyal and aging husband to queen the weight of the honour might exceed the history. George also possible. I like Richard which should be redeemable now Richard III found but maybe not. Michael as a first given name has close links to Eastern Europe, maybe too close.

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  37. Does anyone here know about typical "signs" from the mother's outside appearance whether it will be a girl or a boy? Has it proved true for a mother here or is it just nonsense? In what way would it apply to the Duchess? Really exciting time with the birth ahead :-) :-) :-)

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    1. I don't think there is any way to truly tell what gender the baby is by looking at the way the mother is carrying, especially for a first-time mother. Each woman is different in the way she carries, depending on her hips, height, non-pregnancy size, etc. I have two boys and a girl and really didn't notice any difference in the way I carried all three. The only time one might be able to use it as a sign is when it's a second or third pregnancy, and they are carrying differently than they had in previous pregnancies. It will be fun to compare pictures of Kate from this pregnancy to the next (assuming that there will be another!) :-)

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  38. I thaught from the start, Kate wouldn't want the Caesarean Section and I like William's attitude, always doing his work at RAF properly, no privileges and stuff (taking the two weeks of paternity leave which is standard at RAF for example). :)He and Kate are always trying to live normal lives as anyone else in the world does, that is what I really like about them and I realize how hard it must be when your live is such a public affair. But they are coping great, I think. Wish them luck with the baby and a happy and large future family :)

    And I personally think it will be a boy. I don't know why, I just have this feeling about the boy :D
    William and Kate are going to be excellent parents! :)
    Thanks for the post! :)

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  39. Kate, Texas, USA20 June 2013 at 22:17

    To add to my comments above.... I LOVE the picture of William and Kate from Cambridge. That is definitely one of my favorites and they look so very happy. Little did we know the surprise that a baby was on the way!

    I grabbed a copy of Hello in the airport before returning home! Sarah, I grabbed you one also! Haven't had a chance to read everything, but hopefully after my kiddos go to sleep tonight. :) Kate of course looks lovely on the cover and is just glowing!

    I have read a couple articles today about Ken Wharfe commenting about the security and cost implications to the taxpayer if Kate decides to go home to Bucklebury. I know I am not British and don't "pay" for protecting the Royal family, but I hope whatever decision William and Kate make and wherever she will be until they can be together and in 1A, there will not be an uproar and backlash. I hope they can enjoy the time and people can focus on celebrating an heir being born. Such an exciting time and history being made!

    Countdown to baby has begun! SO very exciting!!!!!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.20 June 2013 at 23:42

      Ohhhhhh I can't wait for my treat. Settle in home first and then, (a lovely treat for me)
      My father in law is in hospital, car broke down and plumbing problems so I think you will be the medicene for all of my ailments with your gift. So excited.:)))))

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    2. Welcome back, Kate. :) I've read your posts and I can feel your excitement. And I don't blame you! Thank you so much for sharing. I wish we all could see your pictures, especially from the Mall.

      As for Ken Wharfe, I wish he would keep some of his wisdom to himself. Lol.

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    3. I'd love to share them in the next post Kate from Texas, if that's ok with you? :)

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    4. Charlotte, please share the pictures with us!! We all would love to relive the moments with her again!Thanks chica!!!xoxo

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA21 June 2013 at 15:05

      Charlotte, ABSOLUTELY!!!! I need to send you some from my camera. One of my biggest regrets last year for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations was not investing in a nice camera. I did this year and the photos are SO much better! My only problem was figuring out how to work it....LOL!!! I was changing lenses and the sort trying to get the very best shots! The ones I sent are just from my phone. I'll send some more from that camera that will also include carriage pictures. :) You are welcome to share anything you like!

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    6. Kate from Texas, I am thrilled to hear your news!
      Memories to treasure forever!
      Can't wait to see the pictures!
      Enjoy a lovely weekend!
      Hugs ;)

      Ana B. from Brazil

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  40. All of this news sounds wonderful! I'm so glad she's opting for a natural delivery. Yay! For some reason, I'm thinking it's going to be a boy. I like Louis or Richard for the first name, and I think the middle names will include at least Philip in there. A Charles and a Michael would be nice, but doubtful to me.

    If it's a girl, I like either Alice or Adelaide. Both names are in the royal family, and I think would make beautiful names for a princess. I think the middle names will include at least Elizabeth and Diana in there.

    My favorite pic was Charlotte for the first name, but since Diana's brother named his daughter Charlotte Diana, that is doubtful. I'm just so excited about this birth. I remember when both William and Harry were born, and it's such a joyous time.

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  41. Elizabeth in Colorado20 June 2013 at 23:48

    Mary Diana Elizabeth Catherine
    Arthur Henry Charles Philip

    It's quite fun to go through a list of Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren. I had heard that Andrew and Sarah did that to find Beatrice's and Eugenie's names. A list of queen consorts is also interesting. I found an Emma in the House of Wessex in 1014, and I like that name, but I have a feeling they'll go with more well-known "royal" names.

    My first child was born July 14, so I'm hoping Baby Cambridge is too.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.21 June 2013 at 14:25

      Elizabeth in Colorado, my third boy was born on July 14 and his name is Philip, so I'm hoping for the same date as you :)

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  42. Sarah from Calif.20 June 2013 at 23:54

    Charlotte the messages almost doubled as I was typing. Are you ready for this inslought of comments? Should be great fun! Hugs.

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    1. It is going to be so much fan. The birth of a future monarchy is a historic occasion but for fans of William and Kate who have followed their romance over the years it is indeed very special. It will be lovely to see all three of them, the Cambridge family leaving St Mary's :)

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA21 June 2013 at 15:22

      I know this might sound ridiculous, but I did get a little teary seeing William and Kate on the balcony. Just thinking of the reigning monarch and 3 heirs all being there. That in itself is history. Already thinking of the history of the pictures from the Music Room at BP at Baby C's christening. Also, a little tinge of sadness in that Diana is not there to see her grandchild. I think the Queen can rest easy that the future of the monarchy is in great hands with William and Kate. Can't wait for the first photo of the Cambridge family!

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills21 June 2013 at 20:19

      @Kate- I am with you. I get tears in my eyes too when I think of seeing them all together. And just thinking that in a matter of days/weeks we will have a new Baby Cambridge. Diana will be there and I am sure William & Catherine will feel her there.

      And I hope you enjoyed your trip. I know I lived it through you.

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    4. I agree, Kate. I felt the same way about the engagement and wedding -- it was so exciting, but I was sad that Diana wouldn't be there beaming with pride and welcoming Kate into the family...as I'm sure she would have done...every step of the way.

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  43. Elizabeth in Colorado21 June 2013 at 00:30

    I wish you had a "like" button, Charlotte, as they do on Facebook. So many comments that I just want to give a thumbs up to!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.21 June 2013 at 02:00

      Like like like.........

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  44. Hi Charlotte,

    Thanks again for another fun post. I love knowing all the details as they arise and the theatre of the notice idea/statement made me really happy to know.

    Do you or any of your commenters know, how long before and after the birth do the royal ladies usually stay in the hospital? Do they go in only with contractions or a few days before the due date?

    Also, if you could post a pic of Charles and Diana and Harry leaving the hospital, that would be great!

    Looking forward to the the big event and your coverage of the big event. Really, this is a lovely blog!

    D from Vancouver

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    1. Hello D!

      I just added a photo of Diana and Charles leaving Harry and I could be wrong on this but I think Diana only remained in hospital for one night after giving birth. Does anyone else know if this is correct or not?

      A huge thank you to everyone for commenting, they've all been so interesting to read and according to the poll results thus far the majority think Baby Cambridge is a girl :)

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    2. @ Charlotte

      Yes, Diana remained in the hospital for 24 hrs only. With William, AND Harry.

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    3. Thank you very much royalfan. I recalled reading it somewhere but wasn't positive. I expect Kate will remain in hospital for as short a period as possible.

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    4. Thanks for posting the pic and asking about the stay!

      D

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  45. You're welcome. :) THANK YOU.

    And I too suspect that the situation will be similar with Kate. For the sake of security (and the convenience of other patients and hospital staff), she will not stay any longer than necessary.

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  46. Hi charlotte i love your postb i would like too see the duchess we leave the hospital and caring their little one i hope the our beautiful website will not crash as other website i recall when william and kate annouce that expecting our the only blog i ca nread on so please dont crash our my heart will melt and break

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  47. Alice Elizabeth Victoria
    George Phillip Henry John

    The Queen has 3 names, maybe they will keep that tradition. Alice for Prince Phillip's mother. I do believe they will try to honor him especially. John for William's Spencer grandfather; maybe as a fourth name, it won't cause too much uproar. Agree no King Phillip in England, excellent point.

    My bet is a baby girl. Big smile that the birth announcement might be delayed until The Queen is awake, if the baby arrives in the wee hours.

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  48. Jean from Lancs.21 June 2013 at 11:43

    British Royals blogspot reporting that William will be at the wedding in Alnwick tomorrow, but Catherine will no be as it is, "Too close to due date".

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  49. Robin Indiana USA
    Can you believe we finally made it to the first day of summer! Charlotte I just love reading your blog. You make things fun but also include a history lesson with it. I just find it all fascinating the tradition still being used in this modern time. One of the reasons I love British history. My goal is to visit England to experience a little of what Kate got to see. I truly believe the Duchess will deliver between last week in June or first week in July. I always thought she was having a little girl just by how she was carrying the baby. The last couple of weeks you can tell by pictures she has dropped and the baby is in place. For names if it is a girl : Victoria Elizabeth Diana Carole and for a boy : James Michael Phillip George. I am over the moon an can't wait for the baby's arrival. I pray to God that Catherine and the baby are healthy and William makes it to the delivery room on time! Looking forward to your next post Charlotte.

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  50. Kate, Texas, USA21 June 2013 at 15:14

    So, I just read an article in the DM that Kate will not be attending Thomas and Melissa's wedding this weekend. Charlotte, have you heard anything? If she doesn't attend, I think the sweet bundle of joy will be coming sooner than later. :) It's such a big event and such dear friends, that I would think Kate would be there if she could. When I hit the 2 week out period on all my pregnancies, my dr didn't want me leaving a 30 mile radius. Getting excited.......

    Happy 31st Birthday to William! I remember watching the news coverage when he was born and all the excitement that came with it! So very exciting to now watch for his little one to come into the world! Have a great day celebrating Wills with your beautiful Kate and precious Baby C!

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    1. I don't think her decision not to attend the wedding has anything to do with what her due date "might" be. She's in the last month, that's all. It makes sense not to travel, just in case a problem occurs.

      It's really not a good idea for us to be wildly speculating on sex or names or place of birth or day of birth, none of which really have anything to do with us. Let's just sit back and wait to see what happens. That seems to me to be the appropriate thing to do. Anything else is rather -- well, tabloidish. I find that very tacky.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA22 June 2013 at 06:25

      Vittoria, I usually don't give a rebuttal to any ugly comment stated. I really try to keep it light and positive. I am not speculating on sex and stated in an earlier post I have no feeling either way, names...I gave name ideas as did many of the other readers including you, and place or day of birth....that's quite obvious no one knows that, not even Kate. I stated my opinion about Kate not attending the wedding which is the great thing about the blog, everyone has an opinion. My post tabloidish and tacky, I would have to disagree, but again everyone has an opinion. I just found yours to be stated impolitely. :(

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    3. Discussions about the gender and date a baby will be born are not unusual an certainly not tacky! I personally hope that all comments are given and received in the spirit intended and not out of disrespect or for gossip. This is about joining in the excitement and celebration. In my mind there is nothing tacky about that.
      Robin, Canada

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  51. Well no matter what the baby gender would be important that baby cambridge is healthy the duchess is okay well its been reported that duchess will not going to the society wedding tommorow and by the way happy birthday to daddy to be prince william

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  52. Hello everyone!

    I've asked around and it seems Kate was fully intending to attend the wedding but has decided the 300 mile journey is not a good idea, in case she goes into labour early. This isn't officially confirmed but it now seems very unlikely she will be there.

    Kate From Texas - Email them at any time and I will share them in a post next week, thank you so much, I know everyone is looking forward to seeing your photos :)

    On another note, Happy Birthday William :)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills21 June 2013 at 20:30

      Hello Charlotte- It is a good idea not to go 300 miles away from your dr.s & hospital if you are feeling like you might go into early labor. Her body is telling her it is getting ready for labor. A woman who has given birth knows this. Now my question is Why would William attend the wedding if his Duchess feel's she might go into labor and being 300 miles away. No wedding in the world is that important to risk being a 3 to 4 hrs drive away from my pregnant wife. I would be very hurt & upset if my husband elected to attend a wedding knowing that I could go into early labor.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.21 June 2013 at 20:55

      Hi Pauline,
      There are numerous reports that William is Best Man---wouldn't want to let his friend down. He would not be much difference in distance than if he were in Anglesey--easy enough to come back by helicopter.

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    3. Not wanting to go too far when you are fairly close to giving birth and being close to giving birth are totally different. Prince William can travel and come back after the wedding. I think if husbands sat next to their wives 30 days before birth the economy would be impacted.

      Duchess Kate seems sensible and the sensible thing to do is stay home and let your husband go. Love means letting the other person enjoy themselves when you cant

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    4. Sarah from Calif.22 June 2013 at 01:19

      Pauline, I understand your concern but, if my husband was to be at very close friends wedding and I was perhaps 2 -3 weeks away from delivery., I would say go.
      The odds and the chances are very slim that Kate will go into labour and deliver when he is away. I truely believe that he could make it back in time should she go into labor.
      When my 3rd child was 2 weeks overdue I said "to heck with it. "and toke my family to a California Rodeo ,(in town) . Our Philip was born a healthy 9lb5oz,
      If I am wrong I owe you a lunch in Santa Barbara :) then we can celebrate the baby together :)

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    5. Pauline Oak Hills22 June 2013 at 05:18

      @Sarah from Calif.- Thank you for understanding my concern. But when we are pregnant and we are as far along as the Duchess is, our body is telling us different things. So if she is afraid she might go into labor and is afraid to be that far way from her dr.s & the hospital I would bet we see her having this bundle of joy real soon. Not in the next 2 or 3 weeks but days (I could be wrong). It just struck me funny that William would risk being 300 miles away knowing she could go into labor anytime. But I am sure he will be checking in with her while he is gone.

      But I would hope she has it while William is at the wedding so I can make a road trip to see you and have lunch in Santa Barbara...lol

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    6. William has helicopters at his disposal unlike normal people who would have to think twice about making such a trip. Anna uk

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    7. Sarah from Calif.22 June 2013 at 23:39

      Anon 19:37 I am far from wealthy but, I think a one way ticket on a helicoptor can really not be that exspensive.

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    8. It must be very different cost in the USA. Here in the uk it's the super wealthy who can afford this and not an option for most people. Hence having to think about the length of the journey. As one blogger stated only for the privelaged. Anna London

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  53. A very happy birthday to Prince William, a fantastic dad-to-be!
    Baby Cambridge, the little bundle of joy, will soon be here. Kate's most beautiful gift to the man she loves!

    Monica, France

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  54. I really feel as if it's going to be a baby girl!!

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  55. Robin Indiana USA
    Happy Birthday William hope you have a fantastic day with your lovely Duchess and your sweet bundle of joy on the way! May God Bless Your Family.

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  56. Dear Charlotte did you see today that Princess Mary was voted the most stylish royal? I do agree a Princess Mary is gorgeous classy and probably the most stylish.

    Here is the article perhaps you could do a blog post on this beautiful princess?


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2345725/Denmarks-Princess-Mary-voted-worlds-stylish-royal--beating-Duchess-Cambridge-SECOND-place.html

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    1. Yes Mary is gorgeous! would love to see a post on her :)

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  57. Jean from Lancs.22 June 2013 at 12:10

    For Charlotte to decide, of course, but there are already numerous "Mary " blogs.

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  58. A great repli-kate for the Topshop polka dot dress: http://www.loft.com/dot-print-shift-dress/306561?colorExplode=false&skuId=13739621&catid=catl000013&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=9000

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  59. Prince William attends Lady Percy's wedding without Kate



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346423/Ready-Royal-rave-Prince-William-Harry-s-friend-prepares-tie-knot-Duke-Northumberland-s-daughter-society-wedding--heavily-pregnant-Kate-forced-miss-it.html

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