It's Day 14 of Royal Baby watch and as of publishing this post there is no sign of Baby Cambridge arriving just yet. Kate is enjoying a relaxing weekend at her parents in Bucklebury while William and Harry participated in polo matches yesterday and today, both within a relatively short distance of Berkshire where William no doubt joined Kate after the match. The father-to-be was very relaxed this afternoon as he played in the sunshine in the Jerudong Trophy, Cirencester Park Polo Club and looked particularly happy chatting to a little girl.
There was no helicopter on standby at the polo club in the event William had to make a quick departure; the plan was for the Prince to drive to London, with police clearing the way. William and Harry played on the Cirencester Purple team and lost 5.5 to 7, however their presence alone ensured a significant amount was raised for charities such as Child Bereavement UK and homeless charity Centrepoint.
More from The Mirror's story:
'A royal source told the Sunday People: "It was William who said he'd be by Kate's side at her mum's but she urged him to play polo.
Of course, it's a big time thing to be having your first baby but for the moment Kate wants to lead as normal a life as possible. It's not that far from Kate or the hospital and she feels fine, so she told him to go. But Wills is just like any other new Dad - he's torn between doing something he loves and wanting to do the right thing by his wife. But he'll be at the birth no question."'
Police protection cars have been seen outside the Middletons' Bucklebury home as routine protection for Kate and to assist in taking her to the hospital should she go into labour. As the media frenzy continues in London, spending the weekend with her parents makes perfect sense for William and Kate. They can unwind and relax at the Georgian Mansion which has eighteen acres of grounds and a swimming pool.
The Sunday Express's Camilla Tomniey reports:
'A royal insider said: Being back at home in Bucklebury is the one place where Kate can truly relax, especially with all the building work going on at Kensington Palace. She knows her mom will take good care of her and William can rest assured that she's in safe hands. Kate is very family orientated so it is only natural that she wants to spend as much time as possible with her parents before the baby arrives.'
The news of Kate staying with her parents this weekend made the cover of today's Sunday Express.
A contingency plan is in place for Kate to give birth at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading if she doesn't have time to get to London, but ideally she wishes to have the baby at St Mary's.
Next, a couple of interesting stories to share with you. Commentator Hugo Vickers wrote a very nice piece for The Mirror about William:
'Prince William stands on the brink of fatherhood, a time of consolidation and change as he assumes the new role of master of his own developing family.
This a good marriage. He found Catherine himself and took time to make sure they were comfortable to take on their relationship. Having seen the Cambridges away from the cameras I can testify William is every bit as solicitous to her in private as he is in public.'
The results of a recent survey carried out by the Mail On Sunday found that the public support William and Kate's plan to raise their child without a full-time nanny and think the baby should accompany them on royal tours. The majority felt both sets of grandparents should have a pivotal role in the upbringing of the future monarch and Kate should reduce royal duties once the baby is born. Victoria and James were the most popular names in the poll, with Diana and Alexander a close second.
I've received a number of queries about a new book about the Duchess: Kate: A Biography by Marcia Moody. I've read a good portion of the week over the past few days and found it a very enjoyable read. There's nothing sensationalist in the book, and it's very much a well-written account of Kate's life so far.
My sister read it cover to cover, and as someone who reads the blog (being the good sister she is :)) and enjoys following the Royal Family, she found it "very insightful, particularly regarding Kate's early years". The book chronicles Kate's ancestry; from her parents' early life (Carole was trained to deliver a baby during her flight attendant training) to the family's time in Jordan where Kate learned to sing 'Happy Birthday' in Arabic, and all the way up to the announcement of Kate's pregnancy in December.
My favourite chapters thus far are the ones detailing the Middleton children's idyllic childhood. An extract from Chapter two: 'A girl called Squeak':
'The young Kate also made fledgling attempts in the kitchen, including a disastrous effort for one of James's birthdays: 'I tried making my brother's cake one year but I forgot to add the self-raising flour', she later recalled on the Party Pieces website. 'Obviously, the cake never rose so I used the flat sponge and turned it into a trifle cake! We still managed to use candles and it's a great alternative for anyone who doesn't like cake. Not sure my brother agreed at the time.' James added: 'Boys don't like trifle when they should have had pirate cake!'
It just goes to show the make-do-and-mend mentality in the Middletons' home that Kate didn't descend into gloom when her efforts went wrong, it was simply a matter of putting a positive spin on things. The Middletons way is not just a case of when life gives you lemons you make lemonade, but rather going that one step further, and using those lemons to make a beautifully presented and delicious lemon syllabub.'
A very interesting piece on William and Kate's engagement.
'After Kate had accepted William's proposal, the couple headed back to Lewa. It had been Kate's first time to that part of Africa, and in the visitors' book she wrote, 'Thank you for such a wonderful 24 hours! Sadly no fish to be found, but we had great fun trying. I loved the warm fires and candlelights - so romantic! Hope to be back again soon. Catherine Middleton.'
When William told Harry, he was thrilled and told him 'I have a sister'.
The book is well worth the read for royal fans and a nice book to add to your collection. The book is available for $14 at Amazon.
Until next time...
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