Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Great Kate Wait Continues, Kate's Place2Be Message + Fashion Updates

It's Day 16 of Royal Baby Watch and the "Great Kate Wait" (a phrase coined by one of our favourite royal correspondents, Sky's Paul Harrison) continues outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.

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Photographers, journalists and tv crews have been camped outside the Lindo Wing (quickly becoming known as the Limbo Wing) with some even sleeping outside at night.

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With nothing to shoot, publicity seekers such as royal lookalikes are making the most of the wait such as this Prince Harry look-alike who posed for the cameras with a teddy bear.

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Those of us who are anxiously waiting were delighted to hear the Duchess of Cornwall speak on the due date during her and Prince Charles's visit to Little Harbour Children's Hospice in Cornwall.

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Charles and Camilla are in the West Country for their annual Cornwall Week, meeting locals and visiting charitable organisations. A well wisher and her young daughter spoke with Charles and said, "You've got one of these coming shortly", to which he replied, "hopefully". Thankfully chatty Camilla was much more forthcoming during an impromptu speech:  "We are all just waiting by the telephone. We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here."

TODAY has an excellent short video with Camilla's speech and a brief interview with royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who reveals he heard the baby is due July 23rd!!

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As the Duchess awaits the arrival of her first child, she has made an impassioned plea on behalf of one of her newest patronages Place2Be. The organisation works in schools helping over 75,000 children aged between 4 and 14 with mental issues. In her letter, Kate said: "While I am new to the field, and have much to learn, I strongly believe that the issue of mental health problems for young people has to be tackled."

Kate's letter in full.

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Next, an interesting piece of information for those who enjoy royal history shared by the BBC's Peter Hunt.

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Time for some fashionable distractions to get our minds off Royal Baby Watch!

When Kate stepped off the plan in Canada to begin her first royal tour in 2011 she wore a beautiful navy lace dress by Canadian born designer Erdem; it's very much traditional for royals to wear home grown designers from their host countries but the Duchess obviously loved his designs so much she has worn his garments several times since. Erdem's Resort 2014 Collection is very much in keeping with his signature style.

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The designer drew inspiration for the 1960s-style collection, which features fabulous floral prints and delicate embroidery, from his mother's old holiday snaps.

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I can see the Duchess in several of these pieces, particularly the white lace dress, far right.

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A selection of Erdem's designs are currently available with up to 70% off at Net-A-Porter. Below we look at the Crystal-Embellished Mallory dress, the Helena Printed Silk-Organza Dress, the embroidered Lily, the Iris dress, and the Narissa Lace Top and matching Shawna Pencil Skirt.

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Kate's Floral Print Sophia Dress is reduced from €1,275 to €638.


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We also look at the latest collection from one of Kate's favoured high street brands: Ted Baker. There is so much to like in the brand's latest offerings. Styles fit for a Duchess include the Aliana Lace Dress, the Bridie Sculpted Pleated Dress (reduced from £129 to £60), the blue Loz Dress and the Bigua Cowl Neck Dress.

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There is a significant sale taking place at Ted Baker. A look at garments with up to 50% off.

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Hello! Magazine will have a live stream outside St Mary's daily from 6am until Midnight from the moment it is announced Kate has gone into labour. As you know, the Duchess appears on their cover almost weekly and the current edition is no exception!

Hello! Magazine

182 comments:

  1. Charlotte, lovely post as always! If I'm going nuts I can't even imagine what you & other royal bloggers are going through. THIS BABY NEEDS TO GET HERE!!

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  2. Starting to think that the stories of Carole Middleton and her alleged remark that the baby will be a Leo are true. The moon enters Leo on July 23, which would be in line with Camilla's "end of the week" comment. Also find it interesting the timing and reporting of the survey of the "British public" that showed people want Kate to stay home and reduce her appearances to raise the baby. It's coincidental that this "survey" should be released as many are still poking fun at the "maternity leave" announcement.

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    1. Yes I find that survey hard to believe. I know she's not a full time royal but if we had less engagements from her we just wouldn't see her.

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    2. @Elizabeth- Why do you always have to get something in your comments regarding Catherine's work ethics. Hey if the Queen and William is cool with the idea of Catherine staying home and raiseing her great grandchild so be it. She can work with the charities she has now but not take on anymore. And work with Williams too. It is not the amount you have it is the work you do for the ones you have. More is not better.

      I myself agree with the people. She will still do engagements with William.

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    3. Anyone poking fun at Kate's maternity leave should stop and think for a moment. Having a baby is exciting and terrifying for ANY mother. Thinking about the joy and the responsibility that we face can be beyond overwhelming. Now add to the normal formula... Kate will have the added responsibility of raising this child to be a future King or Queen in an ever-changing society. And while her natural instincts will be to protect and shield this child, she knows she will have to share him/her with a world that isn't always "kind", as she and her family have experienced for themselves. And yet she will have to remain calm, classy, and carry on with every step, every decision being critiqued. I wouldn't wish that level of responsibility on anyone.

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  3. Darla. Aurora, CO17 July 2013 at 01:09

    So excited for royal baby to arrive! Am hoping it's a girl and history will be made.

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  4. Another fantastic post love the latest post i hope the baby will come this week or next week im running out of time no wifi

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  5. My my my this baby likes to build anticipation! Doesn't he/she know some if us need to get some work done? I am beyond excited!!!!!!!!

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  6. Thank you Charlotte for doing your best in covering the Royal Baby Watch before the frenzy hits! Prince Harry's double is hilarious. The Dailymail has featured an article on Kate's and William's look-a-like, who can pass for the real thing! Keep us posted as we wait in anticipation for Baby Cambridge to make his debut!

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  7. Charlotte, you're the best! Thanks for another post filled with interesting tidbits and even a little history lesson! :o) I sincerely hope that you're managing to get some rest in the midst of all your research and work.

    I hope that Baby Cambridge arrives bright and early on the 18th! Happy Baby Watching, everyone! :o)

    Julie

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  8. Hello!
    Thank you, Charlotte for this great post! I must admit, your frequent posting is making the await much, much more anxiety-free!
    July 23rd, the paps will be there for like a month! I am growing fonder and fonder of Camilla. Even though she entered the BRF surrounded of scandals, she does seem very passionate about her work and family.
    I love to read Catherine's letters!
    Hope everything is fine with Catherine, William and the baby! I bet she is feeling huge right now!

    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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    1. Yeah, I am surprised that I am not totally against Camilla anymore. I guess she had a hard time as well, so it is nice that she finally gets kind of accepted by the public. She seems to do a lot of charity work, even more than Kate. I often wonder what kind of relationship the two brothers (Will and Harry) have with her. Do they like and accept her?

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  9. Thank you for the wonderful updates!! On the one hand, I cannot imagine having the whole country (or whole world) hold its breath before I go into labor - but on the other hand, come on Baby Cambridge!! I am literally contracting myself at this point. :)

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  10. Thanks for another great update. Scrumptious clothes!
    Isn't William's work schedule 4 days on and 4 days off? That could be perfectly timed for the 23rd with very little effort from his polo appearance. Seems that gossip about Carole Miiddleton was the real deal. C'mon, baby!

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills17 July 2013 at 05:19

      I believe Charlotte has said that William is off now until the baby is born and he has his 2 weeks leave. Caoorect me Charlotte if I am wrong.

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    2. Paternity leave can only start once the baby is born. He only gets 2 weeks.

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  11. Thank you for your comments! I've so enjoyed reading them especially through the Great Kate Wait!

    Diana famously said she felt as if the whole country was going into labour with her and if Baby Cambridge holds off much longer it could well be the truth with Kate :) I just noticed Paul Harrison said his sources told him Kate was due on the 13th and 15th. The general feelings seems to be she may very well be overdue now.

    On another note, if Baby Cambridge is born today he/she will share a birthday with the Duchess of Cornwall.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills17 July 2013 at 05:18

      I would want Baby C to have it's own birthday.

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  12. If she was due a few days ago, then she's still in the perfectly fine zone for being overdue. Plenty of first babies are born in their 41st week + a few days (it's completely normal!)
    And unless the baby shows any sign of distress (which they will definitely be monitoring her for), I'm sure it'll come perfectly in its own time. The wait is SO HARD though. I had 11 days of waiting for my girl. The mental battle was tougher than labour... :)

    I do hope Kate can deliver the baby in her own time, in a quiet place away from all the media interest. It'll be an empowering and thrilling experience for her. Telegraph opinion writer Beverley Turner wrote an interesting piece (in my opinion) on whether Kate might be able to have the natural birth we've heard she wants. In New Zealand, where I'm from, birth intervention rates are high-ish but lower than in many other countries (UK and US for example) and we tend to use independent midwives for birth care, rather than obstetricians or Drs.

    An exciting time for Kate and William, and their families :)

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  13. Tick tock!! I am enjoying the wait... Like all babies, Baby C will arrive in his / her own good time. I was 12 days overdue with my first baby, and this was considered very normal. It could be a while yet!!!!

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  14. Sarah from Calif.17 July 2013 at 04:46

    Thank you for the distraction Charlotte. I am so glad to see Kate step up to the plate with (Place2Be) . Mental illness so needs to be addressed in the US, especially with young children. The old saying "an ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure " Slowly, to slowly it is losing its stigma but, I think we are moving forward.
    Love the Erdem Collection, very classy and feminine.

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  15. Hi Charlotte - I have to say I have been hooked with your blog that I have been reading for a few months now. In the last few weeks if I can't sleep in the middle of the night, I have been checking to see if any news on baby Cambridge. Not sure if you have many Kiwis that follow your site. Felt compelled to thank you for keeping us so up to date. I do think everyone has been off with the dates and I have a feeling the baby may come 21st July - my daughters birthday although could be the 24th - my husbands. But whatever date will continue to enjoy your fabulous updates. I am hoping if you ever get a chance would have loved to see your Royal Digest blog again. Incredibly fascinating reading too.

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  16. Hi Charlotte, love your blog! Here's my amateur armchair analysis based on the "competing" due dates we've heard about, July 13(ish) and 23. I don't think we would have heard such specific dates in the rumor mill if there weren't some truth there. So--I think Kate's due date actually was the 13th, and that the 23rd is her "if you don't deliver by then we'll induce" date. The timing would be just about right (I bet they're being rather conservative about Kate's care and wouldn't let her go all the way to 42 weeks), particularly if it coincides with a propitious moment in William's schedule. Thank you for helping us pass the days as we wait! Yours, Melinda

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  17. Pauline Oak Hills17 July 2013 at 05:17

    Thank you Ms. Charlotte for another great post. I have several comments.
    First I sure hope baby c does not come on the 17th, Camilla"s birthday for several reasons that I will not say.
    Second I was laughing to myself just thinking what Baby C is thinking. He/she is thinking you media guys called my mommy Waity Katie when she was dating my daddy. And that was not a nice thing to do. So now you all are waiting for my birth so I am giving you what you deserve. And again pay back is a bitch.

    I am with alot of you sitting on pins & needles waiting for baby c to be born. But he.she will come when ready. And I bet William and his Duchess is wishing it would come. Just be it a safe delivery and have a heathly baby.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.17 July 2013 at 22:35

      Ha ha Pauline, I love it. No more waity Katie remarks. Looks like the media is having their fair share. :)

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  18. Interesting why the Home Secretary won't me there. Theories?....

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    1. Jean from Lancs.17 July 2013 at 19:16

      George VI stopped that when the present Queen gave birth to Prince Charles.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA17 July 2013 at 21:58

      The last time a Home Secretary was present for a Royal birth was in 1936 for Princess Alexandra's birth, the Queen's cousin.

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  19. Beautiful letter from the duchess I am so glad she is supporting mental health in children which is usually taboo. God bless her.
    I pray the baby comes when she or he is good and ready as long as he or she is healthy.

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  20. That's the Waity Katie revenge... :)

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    1. awesome comment!!! :D

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    2. Sarah from Calif.17 July 2013 at 22:38

      Love it ladies! No more waity Katie. It's all about waiting for the photographers and journalists now

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  21. Does anyone else find the irony in the media nicknaming Kate "Waitie Katie" in the years before the engagement and now it is that same media stuck in the Great Kate Wait?! Good for her!! (Not intentionally of course. But the media deserves the wait!) I hope she is resting comfortably, waiting for the little one to be ready on his/her own schedule. (Within a safe healthy time frame of course). I know I will be elated to hear the good news! Thanks Charlotte for you & your site.
    Nicki in CA

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  22. Deary me I can't believe it's still a waiting game! I have been out of the country & without phone/email for the last week, I honestly thought there would be a new heir to the throne when I returned!

    Exciting! :)

    Louise, Bath, UK.

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  23. Robin Indiana USA
    HI Charlotte and all of my friends here on the blog. We are finally getting the high heat that CA and TX had for many days. We get the humidity that goes with it. So high temperatures of 95F plus dew point of 75 makes it feel like it is over 100 degree F crazy since all it has been doing is rain every day. I heard on the news that Kate in TX finally got a relief from the heat wave. I'm not complaining it finally feels like summer! Just in time for our bundle of joy to make an entrance! He/She has really fooled the press which I to see them have to play games to amuse themselves. It's so funny to watch when they do show a clip from outside the Lindo wing of the hospital. I do hope baby Cambridge is not born on July 17, 2013. No disregard to Camilla and Happy Birthday to her, I want baby Cambridge to have his/her own birthday to call it's very own. I am sure Kate's Dr's are keeping close tabs on her and I suspect a baby anyday now. With summer in high gear it's s perfect time to have that Baby Kate. We need happy news all over the world! I am wearing my Princess Diana ring to give you good thoughts and safe delivery. My prayers for William that he will be by your side during this special moment in both of your young lives. Please use a carseat for Baby Cambridge when leaving the hospital. Again Charlotte you are my go to first page on any updates. You do an outstanding jog Charlotte! Keep it up!!! From hot and melting Indiana.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA18 July 2013 at 05:18

      Robin, we have gotten relief from the heat and MUCH needed rain!!! We are still in drought conditions, but very thankful for the rain that came. The high the past couple days has been around 85 which is fantastic for a Texas July! I'll take it! I hope you are staying somewhat cool and enjoying your summer! Eagerly waiting for this sweet baby to come!!! Come on Baby C!!! :-)

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  24. Robin Indiana USA
    Hi Charlotte the waiting game continues! The press are really getting goofy saw that on the evening news.
    Kate must be about to pop. I am glad William is there at her parents house it looks and sounds lovely where she can let het hair down and be comfy. They need these precious few days together before coming parents. There is no turning around now! William and Kate will be wonderful modern parents. I pray Kates delivery goes smoothly and they have a bouncing baby girl/boy that is healthy the most important thing on their mind besides it being b/g. I hope Lupo will adjust to the new baby because he's been their baby up till now.

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  25. Oh gosh! I'm a Leo born on 24 July. Hoping Baby Cambridge shares is born on 24 July! :))

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  26. Ha! All the silliness prevailing outside the hospital!:-))
    Pippa looks gorgeous on the cover of the magazine, love her dress!!and the wait continues! Im hoping for july 18 and a girl!!xoxo

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  27. Thank you for all your hard work on your wonderful blog. This is my first time commenting. I really enjoy everything about your blog, from the pics to the links. I spent one weekend recently reading all your post from the first one to the most recent. Thank you for the update on Baby Cambridge! Praying for The Duchess to have a safe and easy delivery. Shayna from FL - USA

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  28. I believe it was George VI who did away with the custom of a government official being present at a royal birth. By the 1920's, such officials were not actually in the room anyway. There was apparently one in the house when the Queen was born but not in the birth chamber. George decided that even having one in the house wasn't necessary when the then Princess Elizabeth was expecting Prince Charles.

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  29. Canadian Friend17 July 2013 at 16:10

    Hello all,

    Very,very hot in Toronto so I can appreciate what it must be like for the reporters, photographers, etc. outside the hospital in London.

    Is anyone else enjoying the fact that the cabal of reporters, many of whom made fun of the Duchess for years as "WaiteyKatey", are now stuck waiting for a major development that is all about her? I hope Kate and William are having some fun with the circumstances and the press corps while they wait too.

    I wonder if they've done a "reverse" Diana by stating an earlier possible due date when they know the baby will likely come later? Perhaps they are trying to gain some possible privacy by hoping the press will get bored or caught up in other stories so they wander off before the big day? Even though he is Diana's son, maybe even William and his advisers have underestimated the level of interest in Kate, Wills and Baby Cambridge.

    Can't wait for Baby C. but maybe he/she might find life easier as a Leo? Many born under that sign have a centre stage type of personality (think Madonna) which might help a future monarch.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for your great posts during these long, hot days. Regards to all and stay cool!

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  30. Had the palace given out her due date then this media frenzy maybe somewhat avoided, and we'd all have a date to look forward to. The palace are to blame. I don't see what would have been wrong with letting the public know when we could expect this happy event. Bella Wiltshire.

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    1. Due dates are not graven in stone. The Cambridges' office could have given out a specific date, but that doesn't mean the baby would have been born on that date. As I commented the other day, my sister-in-law's first child was born weeks after her due date.

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    2. Of course a due date is a guide. Wot I meant is that it would have stopped all the press being outside of the hospital since 1st July and only to be more interested nearer the due date. With no info from the palace it just fuels speculation day by day.

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    3. I agree with Anonymous. Just announce the exact date, the media is going crazy anyway!!! It just would have saved a lot of time and money if the exact time would habe been known. I also imagine it to be a taff time for the hospital staff with all the media outside the hospital. With an exact date, it could have been a little more relaxed.

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    4. I disagree with announcing a date. First of all a baby will come when he/she is good and ready. I also think they are entitled to SOME degree of privacy. Royal baby or not, IMO, they have to share enough with the public as it is.

      I also don't believe the media would be any calmer if a date was announced. They would milk it for all it was worth AND they would still be camped outside St Mary's in case baby decided to come early.

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    5. I disagree with announcing a date. First of all a baby will come when he/she is good and ready. I also think they are entitled to SOME degree of privacy. Royal baby or not, IMO, they have to share enough with the public as it is.

      I also don't believe the media would be any calmer if a date was announced. They would milk it for all it was worth AND they would still be camped outside St Mary's in case baby decided to come early.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.17 July 2013 at 22:47

      Well ladies who commented above. My first was 3 weeks early and third was 2 weeks late. Childbirth dates can never be an exact Science.

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    7. An approximate date WAS given -- mid-July -- and the press were STILL hanging out outside of the hospital from the 1st of the month. A specific day would have made no difference, since everyone knows that babies can arrive well before or well after a due date. I doubt very seriously that providing such a date would have caused the media to be more "relaxed". As someone who grew up in a media family and who once worked for television news, I think I can guarantee that.

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    8. I love this blog, but I just have to comment on the furor going on outside of the hospital for the past 2.5 weeks. I do think the palace could have done something to quell the excitement. The fact that Kate has not been seen since mid June is a mistake - the public want to see her, and not being seen for 5 week makes the situation worse. Also, when all these reporters started showing up, the Palace could have issued a statement confirming a mid-July due date. It just seems to me that the lack of communications is only fueling the fire. I would hate to be Kate and have to deal with the scene going on outside the hospital.

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    9. Pauline Oak HIlls18 July 2013 at 05:58

      Hi Melissa- It is not the Palace's fault that these dumb media people decided to camp out in front of the hospital all this time. It was stated by the Duchess herself that the baby was due in mid July. And babies have a mind of their own and will come when they are ready.

      We do not know if her doctor told her to stop working. But mothers in the UK can take up to 12 months maternity leave. So the Duchess is not taking anything that other mothers are not entilted to. The Palace in not known for keeping the media up to date on what is going on with the royal family. And when the Duchess does goes into the hsopital, she will not have to deal with all the media, she will enter by a back way that the media has not access to.

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  31. I don't know how good the source is, but it seems the Queens can't what for the Baby too :)

    http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20718097,00.html

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls18 July 2013 at 05:51

      I saw on the news tonight where the Queen was standing in line talking to the little kids and you can here her say she does not mind what the sex of the baby will be. And that she hopes it comes before she goes on holiday.

      I had to alugh because you would not think the Queen would say something like that but it caught by the media adn I heard it.

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  32. Lynn Georgia USA17 July 2013 at 17:27

    This baby is putting a new spin on the words "Waity Katey"! Kate and William made us wait for the engagement and the pregnancy until they were ready. Now Baby Cambridge is making EVERYBODY wait until she (he) is ready!

    Thanks, Charlotte, for helping us to deal with our excruciating anticipation.

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  33. Thanks for another post charlotte. I wait all day to get home n jus relax a little n read ur post n all the comments...this is my second comment. I'm loving this. And YES!!! The wait SHOULD be GREAT!!!CoZ Kate IS great:)I love her style, beauty and grace n I really hope she has a beautiful lil princess! How awesom! Best of Luck to the Cambridges!!! Wata great Kate wait!!!and the wait goes on.
    Kushy in sunny south africa (but its cold n rainy here today!!-n the middle of winter! Brrr

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    1. Sarah from Calif.17 July 2013 at 22:51

      Kkushy it's soooo wonderful to have you and many different people from all over the world on this blog site. I can semi travel for free this way.

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    2. Yes sarah, its awesom meeting all u lovely peolple from around the world here! Thanks to charlotte we going on a round the world trip during the great Kate wait! This is fun. Have a good day all

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    3. Pauline Oak HIlls18 July 2013 at 05:48

      Hey Sarah- I totally agree with you. There are so many people that come and visit this great blog from all over the world. I have been to many different countries by the friends I have met here. And I did not even need my new passport...lol

      And welcome Kkushy. We can get pretty crazy here sometimes...lol I am from California USA and we are in our summer. It has been 107 for the past few days but hopefully it will start to cool off. Wish I could send you some of this warm weather.

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  34. Lovely post once again charlotte!!!the great Kate wait - that's history in the making already! Crazy but true...Best of Luck to the Cambridges, I wish they have a lil princess with her mums grace style n beauty n her dads sweet smile. The Wait iS Great coz Kate is Great in her own right!!!!
    From kushy in sunny south africa(but its the middle of winter now n today was rainy n really cold) brrrr!!!but the sun still peeped:)

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  35. Why "the Limbo Wing"? Is this from the dark game "LIMBO"? Awful :(

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    1. Limbo is the place where death babys go before they are baptised. They are stuck there, they can`t go to heaven. In german we have a saying ``you are stuck in Limbo``when you can`t get anywhere.. I guess it`s the same in English

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA17 July 2013 at 21:12

      I think it's Lindo Wing, isn't it? Although many of us seem stuck in Limbo (maybe Kate feels that way, too!) as we wait impatiently for Baby Cambridge to arrive in Lindo.

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    3. It's the lindo wing not limbo! Name origins unknown google perhaps?

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    4. Its British sense of humour - play on words by one of the journos. Lindo/Limbo (as in waiting around) - get it?

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  36. I have a question that is off topic. I am hoping you all may be able to answer it. I noticed a few times that you see the Royal women with blankets over their laps while in a carriage. I can see that during the cool weather but in warmer weather? Is this something they are required to do? I'm just curious.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA17 July 2013 at 21:43

      This might not answer your question completely, but although it's the summer months in England, the weather might still be cool. I know they are having a heat wave right now, but when I was there for Trooping the Colour a month ago, it was chilly. That Saturday there was a drop in the temperature and the wind was blowing, so it was understandable why everyone covered their legs with a blanket. I wished I had taken a blanket waiting and watching. :) I would just think to keep the chill off. I have noticed the Queen having a blanket laid across her legs in the back of a car, so maybe she's cold natured??? Who knows? It might also help to cover your legs so there's inappropriate pictures that might surface. Sad that I even have to think of that. :(

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    2. I don't see them using carriage rugs during warm weather. It was still cool in London the last time I saw any royals in carriages (Trooping the Colour), and they were using the rugs then. No, it's not a requirement. The rugs are just there for comfort in cool or cold weather.

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    3. It may have to do with keeping a dress/skirt in place in case of wind, which would explain the warm weather scenario.

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  37. I might point out that the Telegraph is running a constant live feed outside the main entrance of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's. It's a little silly, since nothing's happened yet, but it's sort of fun to observe the British (and tourists) walking by, in their hot-weather clothing. You can also sometimes hear conversations taking place between the reporters and photographers who are camping out there, though you can't see them.

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  38. Kate, Texas, USA17 July 2013 at 22:24

    Great Kate Wait.....too funny! I laughed at the comments about Waity Katie. Have to admit I thought the same thing. The media are getting it right back at them....LOL!!!

    Well, still waiting..... I hope Kate is feeling well and enjoying the last few days of being pregnant. The last few days can be exhausting mentally wondering, waiting, and trying to prepare but not knowing what to expect. Add that with all the media frenzy, oh my. Praying for William, Kate, and sweet Baby C. I guess by what's being reported, Baby C will definitely be here by the beginning of next week?!?!?! As I am typing and snuggling my baby, just thinking what a fantastic mom Kate will be. :-)

    I love the letter Kate wrote in support of Place2Be. She really has placed such value and concern into her patronages and I know they will greatly benefit from having her. Mental illness can be so tragic and sad, but yet with the proper care and counseling, it can be overcome. Best of luck to Place2Be!

    Thanks for the post and distractions Charlotte! LOVE the Erdem collection....so fresh and feminine! Also will be looking for my next copy of Hello! We usually get it over here in the US a week after y'all. Waiting for your next great post and word that Kate is laboring in the hospital!!!!

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    1. Oh I do love Erdem, such a talented designer and he always comes across so well. For fans of his designs, the high street is full of gorgeous floral/lace dresses this season. L.K. Bennett and Asos are two good retailers to check out. The blue dresses Kate wore in Canada are still among my favourites.

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  39. You'll like this.

    Whilst putting my 3yr old daughter to bed and waiting for her to drift off to sleep in this unusually hot UK summer heat, I thought I would google for the latest on Baby Cambridge, and came across this site (which is very good, by the way).

    I have a special interest in the coming news because my wife and I are also expecting a baby any day now......and we too live in Bucklebury.....just a few hundred yards from the Middletons.....

    Oh, and my wife was born in the same London hospital as their little bundle is about to be.

    Weird, eh?

    Matt - Bucklebury, England

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    1. Hello Matt!

      Welcome to the blog and thank you so much for commenting. What an incredibly coincidence! One of the royal reporters was saying the atmosphere in Bucklebury is amazing. It must be so exciting for everyone particularly with William and Kate spending their final days before the birth at the Middleton family home.

      Sending you and your wife the best of wishes for your new arrival. Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? Bucklebury is a great place to raise a baby, he/she could very well share a birthday with Baby Cambridge !

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    2. Sarah from Calif.18 July 2013 at 06:05

      Matt , how exciting for your family to be having a baby the same time as William and Kate. I can imagine the excitement in your home town. Wow !
      This is a fantastic blog with a lot of people all over the world who are cheering heartily for W&K. We have great discussions sometimes alittle heated but we all try to remain amicable. Agreeing to disagree respectfully.
      Anyways best wishes for the healthy birth of your soon to be born little one :)

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    3. Prayers for a easy delivery and happy, healthy baby, Matt! Exciting times for your family! :o)

      Julie

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    4. That IS exciting. Even more so because I'm sure you will see them from time to time. Best of luck to you and your family.

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA19 July 2013 at 06:52

      Matt, how very exciting!!! Welcome to the blog!!! That would be wonderful for you to run in to Will and Kate one day. You'll have to share how life in Bucklebury really is. :-)

      Best of luck to you and your wife. I hope the delivery goes well and mom and baby are happy and healthy. Such a special and exciting time for your family! Congratulations!!!

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    6. Exciting stuff Matt and what an amazing coincidence! Wishing you and your family all the best! Keep us posted!

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  40. Jane from New England17 July 2013 at 23:13

    Poor Catherine! I hope for her sake this is over soon. I hope she isn't reading any newspapers or online reports. I know I wouldn't be, if I were her. All the advice and speculations!! If I were her, I think I would run away with William to Balmoral or Sandringham and have the baby and tell everyone a month later!!

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  41. Sarah from Calif.17 July 2013 at 23:16

    Charlotte if you go to sleep at 12:00 at night. Most likely you can get at least 5 hrs of sleep. The odds (yes I say the odds) of a first baby being born in 5 hours are probably slim.

    Please don't any one give me flack. I'm just trying to help Charlotte get some rest.

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    1. As my luck would have it, I had the worst migraine and was awake all night. I am so glad nothing happened while the lights, computer etc were off. However, I am wide awake and very much anticipating the arrival. You are so incredibly thoughtful Sarah x

      A fellow blogger commented today on how lucky I am to have such wonderful readers, it makes such a difference to read through all the comments and makes running the blog all the more enjoyable.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA18 July 2013 at 05:54

      Oh Charlotte, how awful! Hopefully you are feeling better today. :-( A bit of "mom advice"... Rubbing peppermint oil on your temples and forehead really help with headaches. Also, if a really bad headache/migraine hits, do the peppermint and you can rub lavender all over to relax and sleep. So sorry again you were not well.

      You have wonderful readers and we have wonderful YOU!!!! Have a great Thursday!!!!

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    3. Sarah from Calif.18 July 2013 at 06:10

      I am so sorry about your migraine. A good day at the Spa for you as soon as you can. Doctor's orders :)

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    4. I'm soooo sorry, Charlotte! As a fellow migraine sufferer, I totally understand the need for quiet darkness.

      If you're ill, please don't worry about missing the exact moment of the announcement Kate is in the hospital &/or the baby is born. The news won't be official for me until I read it here, no matter when you post. :o)

      The time and effort you put into this blog makes it so special for us. We want you to be well and wonderful so take care of you!

      Julie

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    5. Thank you all so much, you're all too kind. I'm feeling much, much better now and very much ready for the big news should it comes today! I'm going to try peppermint oil the next time for sure, I'm always looking for new solutions. Many thanks everyone :)

      Is anyone watching the live camera outside St Mary's?

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    6. glad you're feeling better Charlotte, I can perfectly understand you talking about migraine...

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  42. Penny, 13 yrs, USA18 July 2013 at 02:04

    Oh, snap! If the baby is born on (maybe...never can trust rumors) the 23rd, I'll be at summer camp! :( Oh... I wanted to see the live stream at the moment! How I hope it arrives sooner!! :) Can't wait and thanks again for another wonderful post!

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      Penny it is so wonderful to have such a young Royal fan here. I hope you are still home when baby comes too.

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    2. Hi Penny! It's so nice to hear from a young American girl who loves Kate. Unfortunately, over hear we don't have very many role models for our young girls. As long as you stay far away from the Kar-trashians, you'll be ok :-)

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  43. We made it to July 18th :) And the wait continues...

    On Getty's site I saw that ice cream was being handed out to the photographers. I'm sure they could use the diversion.

    And according to an article in Hello! Zara will not be competing until after the baby is born. Very good decision.

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    1. I'm quite sure I'm most likely wrong but I have a feeling Baby Cambridge might arrive today, I'm not sure why, perhaps it's wishful thinking :)

      Here's a link to the Sun's live cam outside St Mary's (I don't believe it's available at night) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/royals/royalbaby/5017568/The-Suns-Royal-Baby-live-blog.html

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA18 July 2013 at 05:23

      Oh Charlotte, now you have me all excited that Baby C is coming today!!! The sun is up and it's a new day in London! July 18....could it be the day???? Baby Cambridge, your public awaits you..... :-)

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    3. Good morning Kate!

      I could be completely off and it's probably just wishful thinking as I won't be away from my computer much today but I have a feeling. We'll know soon and if not it has to be within a few days :)

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    4. Today's the day I picked so I hope your feeling is correct! :o)

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    5. it would be so well-wishing for BC to share the birthday with Madiba Nelson Mandela!

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  44. Kate, Texas, USA18 July 2013 at 05:49

    I've been watching the live cam outside St. Mary's and all is quiet....very quiet. The Great Kate Wait continues......

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  45. Jean from Lancs.18 July 2013 at 09:53

    Dear Charlotte---so sorry about your migraine. Please try to get some rest.
    I read in the newspaper that there will be no announcement between 10:30 pm and 8am--because HM will be asleep.

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  46. I wonder if Kate is being monitored in Buckelbury? If she is overdue... I don't believe July 23rd is the real due date. Kate wouldn't have said her due date is mid-july, it's rather end-july. So she probably stays in Bucklebury until Baby Cambridge gives her the sign and William will take her to St. Marys.

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  47. Day by day hype is increasing to extreme. Let's wait to hear if that is a little prince or duchess.

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  48. Come on Baby Cambridge :)
    It is such a beautiful day so you can arrive today! :)

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  49. Kate, Texas, USA18 July 2013 at 14:03

    Checking in to see the latest. Still looks quiet on the live video cam although I am wondering if some people know they are being watched around the world as they walk by. I just saw a lady doing a little jig....LOL!!! There was also a cute little girl with a huge teddy bear having her picture done. :) Hoping for some BABY news soon!

    I just read an article from the Times that said Kate was still in Bucklebury. Wherever she is I hope all is well and she is feeling ok. It's really funny that people speculate about where Will and Kate are. This summer I stayed right across the street from KP. A walk across the street put me in KP Gardens. Everyone knew when W&K were in residence because the police presence was huge, especially down Palace Ave. SO, one would know if they were at KP. BUT....does it really matter where they are now? In a few days the world will know she's at St. Mary's delivering and that's all that matters. :-) Hopefully they are enjoying the time together and getting a bit of a laugh at all of us anxiously awaiting!!!!

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    1. I bet it was lovely to have stayed so near KP Kate. I bet the gardens are beautiful. I don't believe I have ever visited KP - maybe when I was younger I did. Hopefully with baby C arriving slightly later than some predicted there will still be a real buzz in the air for my London trip. And yes you are right - I bet they are having a right laugh at all of us who are so anxious to see baby C!

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA18 July 2013 at 20:08

      I think they might share a chuckle or two about the anxiety of people all over the world. But I think they also must feel immensely honored and humbled by all the well-wishes that are being sent their way.

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    3. Definitely Lynn, couldn't agree more!

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA19 July 2013 at 07:03

      Oh Kathryn, you must visit KP and KP Gardens! The have just started a new exhibition at KP with the Queen, Margaret, and Diana's dresses. I am dying to go back and see it! KP is beautiful and the gardens lovely and peaceful. This year for the first time I walked the entire length from KP through KP Gardens, down the Serpentine, to the entrance of Hyde Park. It was heavenly! Try to visit when you are there. It so SO worth it! Sit in the Italian Gardens in KP Gardens. SO relaxing and peaceful.

      I think there will be a buzz about the baby for a long time! It's such a historic and exciting moment!!! When do you head across the pond? :-) I know you are so excited!!!

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    5. Another exhibition! I'm going to be spoilt! Royal heaven! The gardens sound beautiful, I must try and fit a visit in. I actually live in Gloucestershire in England so it will just be a 3 hour train journey for me and I'll be there from August 14th until the 16th - so not long enough! I haven't been there since 2009 though so I'm just so excited to be going. Never been on a tour of Buckingham palace or Westminster Abbey (nor KP!) so they absolutely are top of the list this time. I've even got a royal blue Reiss dress inspired by Kate to wear for afternoon tea! I think I'm royal mad! :) Thank you so much for your London tips! I doubt I shall be so lucky to see Kate though like you did, I bet that was a great experience!

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    6. Lynn Georgia USA19 July 2013 at 22:16

      Lunch or tea at the Orangery at KP is lovely, too! I haven't been in three years, and I am in a real depression, longing for the sights and sounds of London (and England)! You ladies are killing me! I want to go back so badly!

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  50. They really could pull a fast one here on the media.. She could be having her baby elsewhere for a little more privacy. Wouldn't that be comical to see the circus of reporters scurrying around trying to find the Duchess. Like Where's Waldo?

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA18 July 2013 at 20:04

      Ben, I really don't think it would be funny. I actually feel sorry for the legitimate media (the paps are another story entirely!), but the reporters are trying hard to do their jobs--and the royal family DOES need them--and DOES use them to help foster the popularity and the continuance of the monarchy. I think even the Queen herself once stated that if the public does not see the royals, the royals lose much of their importance. Playing games to deliberately mislead the press and, therefore, the people about an event of this much importance and heartfelt interest to Britain and the world would be despicable, I think--and I don't think Kate and William--or most decidedly Queen Elizabeth--would do that.

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    2. The Duchess of Poppyshire19 July 2013 at 02:50

      the term "despicable" is a bit over dramatic. After the sunbathing photos and the invasion of privacy, I see nothing wrong with delivering elsewhere. The camping out with the 24 hour surveliance is a tad much.

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA19 July 2013 at 18:14

      Sorry, Duchess of Poppyshire. I do sometimes wax a bit dramatic. Perhaps "regrettable" would have been a better word choice. However, I stand by the rest of my comments--and I have heard many on this blog mention that they are making use of the surveillance of the live cams at St. Marys.

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  51. Wouldn't it be funny if they pulled a fast one on all of us. The Duchess delivering somewhere else, besides where everyone is camped out. Like say in Scotland. Wills could just take her over via copter.. :)

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    1. Sarah from Calif.18 July 2013 at 20:06

      ben Montgomery, I think it would be great too.

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  52. Yes kate usa maybe the duke and our duchess are laughing and talking about the reporters and saying wait till its pop up my family and i had i little game which is tell the due date my mom say its july 25 my dad said may 28 and lastly me and my boyfriend it would be are plessure to if july 22 our date when we first met and actually say yes to him and its important to us the by granny and her mom is falls her birthday of course everything is according to their baby if he or see will go to pop up we are all waiting for the baby comes and i felt for every royal reporters who dont sleep do give us an update on royal baby well i been monitoring the live feed even in musoka i have plessure to check the web and twitter and your blog...

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  53. Kate, Texas, USA18 July 2013 at 16:56

    The press have now descended onto Royal Berkshire Hospital "just in case". Oh dear.

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    1. Kate n William will have privacy at the birth and labour we won't see her go in and the only time we will see them together is when she leaves and for few minutes only, then they'll be in privacy of palace or Kate's mum. As a British person I believe it's our right to see our future king or queen as they are born. I'd that so wrong? I'm sure she won't be aware if press outside once she is in the building. Bella Wiltshire

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA18 July 2013 at 22:15

      Bella, I absolutely don't feel you are in the wrong for wanting to see your future monarch. My apologies if you read it that way. I do feel that the Royal family must be real, present, and visible, especially to the Brits. The media frenzy is quite comical, but yet somewhat necessary all the same. That's what I meant by the comment. No that it's anyone's right to have the privilege of seeing the baby, but I think Will and Kate understand the great significance and importance of introducing them to the British people and the world. In my opinion, they respect and understand everyone's excitement and interest to share in this historic moment. So, again I apologize if you misunderstood the comment. MANY people worldwide are anxiously awaiting to meet Baby Cambridge! :-)

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  54. Pauline Oak Hills18 July 2013 at 17:05

    Hello to all my friends on this great blog. And thank you Ms. Charlotte for bring us all togethr from around the world. As we all waiting for Baby C to be born, tonight on CNN (check your local listing)they are showing a program called "William & Kate Plus One". I have no idea what this is about but I will be watching it.

    Just wanted to give everyone a heads up if you did not already know.
    And finally come on Baby C please don't keep your mommy & daddy waiting any longer. Nor all of us crazy people awaiting your arrival.

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  55. Kate of usa i think they will and kate are laughing they say keep waiting for us everything so quite even the queen share the exitcement people are waiting for the royal baby comes my family and i are in the game face guess the due date my mom say july 26 and my sister and aunt july 28 and me and my bf think july 22 its our pleassure for us to share imo date for us when celebrate when first meet when i say yes to him and most to celebrate with us my granny birhday and and his mom they both the died last year it would be great tribute to her if the royal bsby will come on july 22 and plus the fact royal reporter are tired and waiting in hospital who camp out and be with their families and take some sleep even im in vacay spoiled day to get online to view twitter and facebook and blog to update im waiting in muskoka lake us wifi acess for me connect with blog and twitter to check what happening

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA19 July 2013 at 07:09

      My son's birthday is July 22, so I think that's a GREAT day for Baby C to come!!! :-)

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  56. Kkushy in sunny South Africa18 July 2013 at 17:42

    It would be nice to see Kate one last time before her bundle of joy arrives. I'd love to see just how big she really got at the end...I'm sure others r just as curious...I wondered if the baby would arrive on Nelson Mandelas birthday which we celebrated today here in South Africa...n yes anon it was a beautiful day today!!!

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    1. I agree would be lovely to see Kate again. I think that's why there is such a frenzy as she seems to be kept hidden away. We were seeing Diana right up until she delivered William. Having a baby such a normal and natural event. I am hoping all is ok with Kate. I think iif she had been seen and carried on with business as usual there may not have been this frenzy.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA19 July 2013 at 06:33

      I would love to see her also. I think pregnant woman are just beautiful. :) I would love to see how her bump has grown. Seeing her at Trooping the Colour, she was so tiny. I know she has a small frame, but so tiny. I had large babies, so just different as all pregnancies/babies are. I'm sure she looks lovely and has the mother's glow!

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    3. I suspect it's to do with the surrogacy element. Martha. USA

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  57. Not only Kate is making the press wait taking a revenge on her Waity nickname, but they are camping outside the Lindo Wing in the hottest summer in London from ages! This is a perfect revenge ;) greetings from Italy, frenzy is mounting as day go by here too! :) Sara in Italy :)

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  58. I really don't like the fact that some commentators here laugh at reporters. Come on people. They do nothing wrong, if it wasn't for their work we wouldn't read for example this amazing blog. If they weren't camping outside we wouldn't see Baby Cambridge. Reporters have their families and they also need earn money. There are people born in a wealthy family, there are people married to a wealthy person and there are people who have to camp out the hospital to take photo of the famous baby. This is the world we live in. I don't want to offend anyone here and I will understand you may not publish my comment Charlotte but I had write it and I hope I did it respectfully.
    Wishing you a lovely evening.
    Keeping my fingers crossed for Kate's delivery. I hope it will be quick and safe.
    This is the only site that I check to hear the news! I really appreciate your work Charlotte and I hope one day I will read here about the Baby Cambridge wedding! :D

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    1. I believe the legitimate press has a job to do and they're just trying to do it. I do feel sorry for them.

      However, when I think about the harassment from the paparazzi and the so called journalists who wrote nasty, speculative stories about this couple and the Middleton family over the years, then it's difficult to not feel a degree of satisfaction knowing that the tables have been turned.

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    2. I agree with you. Seriously doubt the Cambridges spend much time thinking about the mainstream press or plotting elaborate revenge. They seem so much more grounded and mature than that. Sure they don't love being photographed any time they put a toe outside but it's the way life is, as it will be for their baby. I imagine they are completely focused on the gigantic change about to occur when they become parents. How thrilling and terrifying it will be. No matter how famous, in the end they are just another Mum and Dad caught up in their private miracle. Hurrah!

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  59. Sarah from Calif.18 July 2013 at 21:05

    Anon. 19:09
    I have no problem with photographers but , I disagree that there wouldnt be a blog. It's not the fact that there are photographers that upset some of us., it's the rudeness that some journalist and pushyness that some photographers do. ,that bother us. Let's face it they called Kate (waity Kate) now it's their turn to wait. Trust me I too am glad they all have jobs.

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  60. Yes and if we weren't interested or if the reporters turned against royal family there would be no royal family. They can't have it both ways. Jude. Stoke

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  61. Well, another day gone and still no word! Thank you again, Charlotte, for being so conscientious with this blog and all our comments--it is such a pleasure to read your reports and to get to know people from all over the world through the comments. And you did it even with a migraine! Please take care of yourself though. Who mentioned peppermint oil? I will try that next time I have a migraine. I love checking this site.

    I wonder if Kate needed a break from being a public figure and so took advantage of the final month of her pregnancy to retire from the world? Even though she and William took their time about getting engaged so that she could have a chance to see what the life would be like, I don't think they were completely prepared for the overwhelming interest people have in them. As much as William saw the life of his mother, he can't have known what it was actually like. And Diana sort of wooed the press, while it seems to me that Kate just sort of accepts it without that extra element of wanting it. I hope if this is the case, she gets all the break she needs from being photographed and is ready to take up the burden again when she and William and Baby emerge on the hospital steps (ANY DAY NOW!!!).

    Marci from Salt Lake

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    1. Kristin, San Francisco19 July 2013 at 17:17

      Hello Marci from SLC - I completely agree with you and have always thot along the same line as you have posted. Having a relationship with a famous person in a secluded college town, not having to worry about student loans, work study programs, spring break in Ibiza, etc. is a far cry from being in her current position of Duchess of Cambridge and being on display and photographed almost every time she is out of KP. I like your statement of perhaps they were not prepared for the world wide interest in them as a couple. Like they say, if one does not grow up in this limelight it simply must be a daunting challenge. I too would need a break from that routine. I admire her style, grace, poise and her commitment to her position and wish her, Will and their family well as they progress to the next stage of their lives. If she needs a break here and there, that's fine with me...

      Thank you, Charlotte, for your wonderful blog!

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    2. Charlotte, Always thanks for a wonderful blog.

      If you look at books and online there are literally hubdreds of photos of Kate from before her marriage. She used this attention to her advantage when William broke off the relationship. So no, I don't think either of them are unprepared for the attention. They may wish they could turn it off at will - all celebrities do - but it doesn't work that way. In this fragile era where equality is on everyone's lips, more attention is better than less. You can basically live behind palace walls like the queen does and emerge for engagements or live more publically and accept the attention. But either way it part of the packages and privilages of being royal.

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  62. Has anyone else wondered why Catherine is not viewed as a possible name for Princess Cambridge? The Queen, after all, had a mother whose name was Elizabeth. Why couldn't that happen again?
    Colorado Eve

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA19 July 2013 at 07:07

      My young daughter thinks it's a girl and Will and Kate will name her Catherine. My son thinks it's a boy and his name will be William John. :-)

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  63. some rumours that Kate is in labour because the queen left a cricket match. Could be many other reasons. Will be a bit of an anticlimax after it is over.

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  64. I think the journalists are interesting.I guess it's a cute prince.

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  65. Eyes and ears on the ground here in Bucklebury - There are press cameras at the end of my road near The Bladebone pub. They weren't there yesterday - perhaps something is imminent.... :)

    Matt

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      YEA!!! Please keep us posted!!! :-)

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  66. They are talks the the duchess will be ob labour on the 20 according telegraph other says kate arrival we be going on sunday newspapers

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  67. It's my grandma's birthday today, she's 85, and is really hoping the baby will be born today! Fingers crossed for her, my nan is a massive fab of the royal family and think she'd be over the moon if it comes today!

    Jude, Hampshire

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    1. Sarah from Calif.19 July 2013 at 17:27

      Jude please wish your Grandma a very happy birthday! from somewhat sunny Calif.

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    2. Happy belated birthday to you grandma!! :)
      What a pity the baby didn't arrive yesterday - I was hoping for that too ;)

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  68. Jean from Lancs.19 July 2013 at 12:39

    The Duchess never gave a definite due date---merely the middle of July, which would be, I suppose the 10th to 20th, but allowing for a slightly early or late baby---like most babies, neatly covered the whole of July. It was the stand-by helicopter that first got the press excited, but strangely enough it was HM, who normally says nothing. who made us all believe that the baby was overdue. She wished the child would hurry as she was going on holiday. Well she's known about this child for over 7 months--if she wanted to see the little one, she could have gone later. Obviously she thought she was leaving plenty of time, or she has forgotten babies come when ready.
    Camilla hoping for the birth by the weekend sounded more realistic, but then she has five young grandchildren.

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    1. Not sure how the Queen has offended you. She's given birth four times, I expect she knows how the process can unfold. I thought she was simply responding to one of her subjects, not complaining.

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    2. I actually thought the Queen's remark was sweet given that it is so rare for her to comment on anything personal. I honestly believe it was simply HER way of saying, yes, I am anxious and waiting too.

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    3. Jean from Lancs.19 July 2013 at 21:44

      I cannot see how you could possibly believe I was offended by Her Majesty, I must have expressed myself badly. I was merely surprised, as she does not usually reply to questions, but this time seemed to confirm that the baby was overdue---as I said, she obviously thought that she was leaving time for the birth before her holiday.
      Incidentally, the Queen's two youngest children's births were close to my children--we didn't have scans and due dates seemed to be worked out differently to what they are now. Times change.

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    4. I bet she wouldn't delay her holiday plans. I wonder if the queen ever has a private unreported holiday abroad? Sue. Liverpool

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    5. Anonymous, I wouldn't think so.

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    6. I don't know this for sure, but I could imagine that Her Majesty may go on holiday at the same time each year. Perhaps it's a tradition and that is why she didn't plan to postpone it for the arrival of the baby?

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  69. The tension and excitement are growing! The Daily Mail's website has a "live streaming" web cam across the street from the entrance to St. Mary's Hospital, London. William and Kate will probably enter through another door, but the media is hoping they will make an appearance at this door when they leave the hospital.

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  70. Royals official decline to comment the william and kate left bucklebury to moved kp

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  71. William and Kate have reportedly left Bucklebury en route to London. They may just be heading to KP, no sign of increase activity outside the Lindo Wing.

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    1. Apologies if this appears as a duplicate post. I hate my laptop. American television is reporting this news. If they divert to Paddington, woo-hoo! - but probably just time for them to be closer to hospital. Very exciting. Hope the temperatures have dropped in London.

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    2. There probably wouldn't be any sign of increased activity until they were inside. If the media got a whiff that they were en route -- by, for example, seeing a police officer posted at the main entrance -- that could cause problems. My guess is that parents-to-be and doctors will arrive quietly, by secondary entrances, and only then will it become apparent that something is happening.

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  72. Sarah from Calif.19 July 2013 at 17:26

    Whooopeee! Very soon yes?!?!?! Day or two it doesn't matter. Prayers for WK&BC

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  73. Dear Charlotte,

    I am in London and have visited the Lindo Wing twice! I wrote an up-to-date, personal report about my experience there on my blog: www.emilyroseschiller.blogspot.com - post "Prince William and Duchess Catherine's Royal Prince or Princess." I will upload my photos from the actual Lindo Wing in a little while, but thought I would go ahead and post my thoughts straightaway. :)

    Enjoy!

    Xx
    Emilyrose Schiller

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    1. Thank you for sharing Emilyrose, I'll take a look now :)

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  74. Robin Indiana USA
    I do hope baby Cambridge comes before July 29 for I will be in surgery having my left knee scoped. I really need a total knee replacement but I am hoping this will bide me some time. It will be awful being under general anaesthesia and the baby is born. So come on little baby lets meet your mommy and daddy before then! I picked up a copy of Us weekly that has a nice picture of Kate on the front. The captain reads " All About THE ROYAL BABY!". Have not read it yet but it is a keeper. Thank you Charlotte for your tireless work and I hope you are feeling better! Migraine stink! Whispers from Indiana

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    2. Wishing you a speedy recovery Robin x

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    3. Sarah from Calif.20 July 2013 at 03:02

      Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hear knee surgeries these days have wonderful results :)

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    4. Robin Indiana USA
      Thank you everyone for your get well wishes I really appreciate it. I don't have much family so you guys are like family. Thank you from my heart.

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  75. A thought...they could always pull into KP on the south side and head right back out the north and straight into a side entrance of the hospital! ;)

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      Or....the wait has me going bonkers and I'm losing it. ;)

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  76. I have a feeling that the baby may be on its way :)

    According to Vanity Fair security at St Mary's has been increased and as you have already noted, Charlotte, William and Kate have left Bucklebury ...

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2013/07/duchess-kate-leaves-middleton-compound-with-sizable-security-detail-hospital-gets-flurry-of-police?mbid

    They may be wrong, but there's also a chance that it's true, I think.

    Either way, this is so exciting!!

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  77. The Duchess of Poppyshire19 July 2013 at 22:55

    Maybe she was just going in for her Weekly checkup? Did the Royal Palace confirm where she would be delivering, or is that just an educated guess?

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    1. Where is poppyshire? I'm curious to know.

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    2. The Duchess of Poppyshire21 July 2013 at 19:46

      My own wonderful garden of Poppies.

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  78. Lynn Georgia USA19 July 2013 at 23:28

    I'm so hopeful that this weekend is the time! However, I redid my math, and if Kate were, indeed, about six weeks pregnant when she became ill on December 1(or thereabouts), thirty-four weeks later works out to the very last week of July, maybe even as late as August 1! (Per my experience, I was stricken with severe sickness at about six weeks. I had had twinges before, but I think it takes a while for the hormone levels to build up big time in one's system.) I hope I'm wrong, because I don't think I can make it that long PLUS I'm going in for cataract surgery on July 26 and probably won't be able to see a thing! Talk about selfish! How must Kate be feeling?!

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    1. Good luck with the surgery, Lynn. :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.20 July 2013 at 02:59

      Lynn I hope your surgery all goes well. Try to get someone to tape things for you. If indeed you are in surgury during delivery time, rest assured there will be plenty of pictures. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    3. Robin Indiana USA
      Good Luck Lynn with your eye surgery on the 26. I am feeling the same way it would be my luck she would have the baby when I have knee surgery the 29.

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    4. Lynn, good luck with your surgery. (I had cataract surgery on both eyes in December, and was only "blurry" for 24 hours.) Here's hoping the new Prince/ss has safely arrived before you go in!

      Julie

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    5. Best of luck Lynn and wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  79. According to The Telegraph, the emergency services were called to the Middleton home on the evening of 7/18 when a dog got its head stuck in a gate. What timing, eh? Imagine what the neighbors must have assumed was happening! :)

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  80. For those of us on this side of the pond, I just heard that CNN will replay "Will and Kate Plus One" Saturday night at 10PM EST.

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