Wednesday, 1 April 2015

It's Royal Baby Month, Final Weeks & Vote In Our Polls!

It's officially April!

I'm not normally one to particularly favour the spring month traditionally (it tends to consist of endless last-minute exam prepping), however this year it's a very special month for royal watchers as it will mark the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child.


Excitement is building in the media too, with the Mail Online claiming to have an exclusive on the due date:

'Sources have now told the Mail that William and Kate have been given April 25 as the expected date for the birth of their second child.
 If born on April 25, the new royal will share their birthday with stars including Renée Zellweger and Al Pacino. He or she will be born under the sign of Taurus the bull. Taureans are known for being resolute, dependable and faithful but also proud, obstinate and with a liking for the finer things in life.'

Whether or not this is specifically accurate, we do know the Duchess herself confirmed the baby is due "mid-late April". As with her first child, Kate is due to give birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington.


Prince George will be twenty-one months old when his brother or sister arrives - it will be wonderful for them to be so close in age and no doubt the boisterous toddler will revel in having a partner in crime :)


For now, with Kate officially on maternity leave, it's an incredibly exciting time in the Cambridge household. Yesterday Prince William started work as an employee of Bond Air Services, and over the coming months he will undertake job-specific training before he begins piloting missions for East Anglian Air Ambulance during the summer.

We know William's role will see the family primarily based in their newly renovated country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk. A Katie Nicholl story suggested the family are residing at Wood Farm,  a shooting lodge because renovations are ongoing.  We know the Cambridges enjoyed Christmas at Anmer with the Middletons who stayed for a couple of weeks, and one presumes work was postponed for the festive period. At present, no other reporters have confirmed this story.


Whether Kate decides to spend the first weeks with baby at Anmer Hall or enjoy time in Bucklebury, it is certain her family will be close at hand providing support. The Duchess is incredibly close to her family and will want her mother Carole by her side once again. Mrs Middleton, who is a regular presence at Anmer, has been decorating a nursery in recent months. With two under two, it will be wonderful for William and Kate to have a close family support system, and of course Nanny Maria Teresa who has become an integral part of the team.


Unlike her first pregnancy, Kate appears to be feeling much better, with a string of engagements in recent months, and has been seen shopping on King's Road in London or taking a stroll around Burnham Market, close to Anmer Hall, to buy treats according to locals.


Kate's been craving sweet treats and both she and William have been spotted popping into the Humble Pie Bakery. Their favourites include a £7.25 chocolate biscuit cake and a sticky fruit loaf. Of course, there's an old wives tale, if a pregnant woman is craving chocolate and biscuits, it's a sure sign it's a girl. At home, she's enjoying baking with Prince George and making last minute preparations for the new arrival.

Humble Pie

Many of you have expressed an interest in voting on the baby's gender and name, and today we're doing just that. Do you think the Duchess is expecting a boy or a girl? Kate said during her first pregnancy: "I would like to have a boy and William would like a girl". I'm sure they would love to have one of each, however, all that matters is a healthy baby.


What do you think? Do you have a preference?

Will the Baby Be a Boy Or a Girl?
 
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As for names, there's more scope in terms of choice for the second child, as they are not the heir to the throne. In many ways, William and Kate are quite traditional and I believe they'll honour family names with their choices. It would be nice to see a Middleton family name incorporated this time too.


According to bookies, the favoured name at present is Alice.

'Since the mid 19th century a number of royal women have been called Alice, with Queen Victoria calling her second daughter Princess Alice and the wife of the late Duke of Gloucester - the Queen's uncle - also had the same name.
 After Alice, which is also Paddy Power's favourite, the next most popular name with punters is Elizabeth at odds of 9-2, followed by Charlotte at 11-2, Victoria at 12-1, Alexandra at 14-1 and Diana at 16-1.'

For a boy, people are betting on Arthur, Henry and James.

'For boys names Arthur, Henry and James are all currently at 20-1. Odds on the gender of the baby are now evens for a boy and 8-11 for a girl.'

For the purposes of a poll, I've selected fifteen possible names for each gender looking to the family's history, popular possibilities, strong and recurring names from the Windsor and Middleton/Goldsmith family tree. You can vote for more than one name (if you'd like to vote for your choices for middle names too) and if the name you like is not on the list simply vote for 'other' and leave a comment letting us know your choices.

Vote for Girl Names
 
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There are so many beautiful name possibilities for the royal baby; I personally like Peter Arthur Francis (Kate's grandfather was named Peter Francis Middleton) and for a girl Alice Elizabeth Charlotte (ahem :)) rolls off the tongue nicely. If the baby is a girl, many will be hoping to see the late Princess Diana honoured, again her middle name was Frances, and we may see that name incorporated in some way. Kate's late grandmothers' names Dorothy and Valerie are both worth considering too.


In the meantime, are you all ready for the Great Kate Wait 2? :)


Very excited to see your votes and hear choices not mentioned on the list in your comments!

216 comments:

  1. I hope it's a girl! I like the name Elizabeth, not necessarily because it references the queen; I just like it.

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  2. Marci near Salt Lake City1 April 2015 at 00:48

    I can never predict anything rightly. I would like her to have a boy simply because I suspect a brother might be closer to George than a sister--but then, my own sister and I are very close in age and yet preferred to play with different older brothers and never did become close friends, so you just never know. (My sister and I get along well together, despite how very different we are.) As for names, I like your choice of the boys' names Peter and Francis, but I also like James. For girls' names Charlotte is my first pick, followed by Elizabeth and Frances. Caroline is a good alternative to Charlotte (and it is the name of a favorite auntie!). Good luck to all voters here!

    I would just love it if she managed to sneak into the hospital and have the baby without the press being aware she was even there. But then I love a good mystery/spy/suspense tale.

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    1. Marci,

      I tried responding to your comment earlier, but for some reason it wouldn't publish, so i hope my response doesn't post twice....anyway, i hope she is having a brother for george too.....Obviously because she has Pippa and William has Harry. IMO, i think both Catherine and William are secretly hoping for another boy. My sister and I are two years apart and closer than any two sisters could be...my brother is also close to me in age but due to him being male we have completely different intrests of couse. My sister is my best friend and knows me better than my husband even. Life would be so terribly different if i didnt have my sister. Again, not to state the obvious, but there is nothing like the bond of a siblings w j o are close in age and are of the same sex/ gender...,this is why i vote for a boy. Honestly, i will feel disappointed if Catherine has a girl...but im excited and happy for them either way.

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    2. I'm going to disagree and say that brother-sister relationships can be very close. My younger brother and I were best friends when we were young and stayed close. We still talk often on the phone and share what is going on in our lives. I will be happy for George to get a brother or a sister because I believe their family values will keep them close.

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    3. Kate from CA,

      I think its awesome you and your brother are so close...i wish my brothers and I had a closer relationship!

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    4. I agree that brother/sister relationships can be close as well. My best friend, for instance, is very close to her brother. They have a lot of common interests and even ended up in similar professions.

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    5. jenndog

      After I thought about it I remembered all those times I wished I had a sister! I guess it can go both ways. :)

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  3. It could be Grace for a girl--G names for both--but in spite of the sweet tooth, it might still be a boy, for which I like Peter. I remember that Alexandra was favored last time, that is still a good choice, and Charlotte would also be lovely. Somehow I don't think it will be Edward. I would be inclined toward Arthur, Richard, or Louis. Most of all, a healthy and happy child with the personality to cope with being #2 (like Uncle Harry and Aunt Pippa).

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    1. Maryland Moxie1 April 2015 at 09:57

      I was surprised to see Grace in the list of names as I couldn't think of a British ancestor with that name - it is a lovely name, however it conjures up Princess Grace of Monaco and that's why I don't think it will be chosen as a first name.

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    2. Jean from Lancs1 April 2015 at 18:34

      Zara's daughter has Grace as her second name and I believe The little Princess of Monaco has it too

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    3. The little princess of Monaco is named Gabriella Therese Marie. Prince Albert's illegitimate daughter has Grace for her second name. Grace is such a beautiful name but I doubt we'll see it for this baby.

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  4. I hope it's a girl and like the name Charlotte Diana Grace (and not just because my favorite blogger is named Charlotte!). It's a traditional name, too. If it's a boy, I wonder if they would go non-traditional with something like Benedict - one of the hot Brits (in more ways than one) at the moment!

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  5. I think if a girl, it should be Victoria Elizabeth Diana - to honour the last three (and would-be) Queens. However, I do like Alexandra the most.

    If a boy, I have no idea. George is a very very old name... maybe Albert or Arthur? But I prefer James.

    Does anyone think she will wear red when presenting Baby2 to the world, a la Diana?

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    1. Erika from Massachusetts1 April 2015 at 02:05

      I hope she doesn't wear red Stephanie. That would just be too bizarre.

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    2. I was a fan of Charlotte the first time, and it's still my pick. I like Alexandra too, but George's middle name is Alexander, so I don't think they'd pick that. So I'm going with Charlotte Elizabeth or Charlotte Frances.

      And a boy, I picked Michael Arthur. No close royal with the name, and a nod to Kate's dad. Which is why I think it might not be chosen, but I like it anyway.

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    3. Stephanie ours was close. I was thinking Victoria Elizabeth Grace. If it is a girl, I believe the name Elizabeth will be in there for sure. That name I think is a guarantee :).

      And I really hope she doesn't wear red. That would just be getting to weird.

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    4. sure is nice to have you in the peanut gallery again Bluhare. :)
      Please continue to be your own inimitable self, expressing your wit and insight for all the world to enjoy.

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    5. Stephanie, I'm in agreement. Victoria Elizabeth Diana. Also, as Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch, Mary Elizabeth Diana seems strong. For the same reason, if it's a boy, I think Albert Frederick Arthur, a nod to George VI again; William and Charles have Arthur in their names, and Diana's paternal grandfather was Albert. Definitely if it's a boy, a Spenser relative as a god parent this time. How fun to guess and then we'll know in a few short weeks! Thanks for the poll, Charlotte! And, finally, I tried to enter the poll without luck, FYI. Katherine USA

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    6. The world? I thought it was just you guys! :)

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    7. We are a cosmopolitan group Bluhare.
      Just saying it is nice to have you commenting again. :)

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  6. Sarah from Calif.1 April 2015 at 01:36

    Charlotte, will they be able to be at Anmer Hall when baby 2 is born? Ugh all this traveling around is tiring.
    This is so fun and exciting !
    Boy names, Henry, Charles, Michael....any order
    Girl names, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Diana....any order
    April 25th is my son's Bday so I will be cheering for that exact day :)))

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  7. I'm an April baby myself & my middle name is Caroline & it's served me well :) I'm named after my mothers grandmothers & that name comes from my great-grandmother, Caroline Elizabeth. So, that's my vote.

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  8. Alice Elizabeth Charlotte is perfect. I prefer Phillip to Peter, honor the man while he can enjoy it. Phillip Arthur James. My brother had two boys and then a girl so I'll say boy again. Hope for April 21, for Grannie.

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    1. Maryland Moxie1 April 2015 at 09:59

      A lot of folks forget that Prince Phillip's mother name is Alice. It could be a contender.

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    2. Maryland Moxie, I was to post the same comment: According to Wikipedia.org Prince Phillip's mother was: "Princess Alice of Battenberg, later Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark (Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie)". Several of the names mentioned here.

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    3. Phillips mother had a very disrupted and sad life. Perhaps naming the baby Alice would be a constant reminder of that. Not to rain on your parade or anything.

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    4. She isn't the only Alice the royal family has had though surfer girl. The late Duchess of Gloucester was Alice as was a daughter of Queen Victoria. Also, although the Princess Andrew certainly had great challenges in her life, I feel she is remembered for her selflessness and charity. That's a wonderful legacy to honor.

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    5. Never thought of it like that.
      Thanks Erika.

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  9. Erika from Massachusetts1 April 2015 at 02:01

    I think Alice Elizabeth Diana is a fairly probable bet. I know most people think they will shy away from Diana but Im not sure about that . The DoC is wearing her ring after all and I never thought that would happen. I think Mary Elizabeth Diana is another possibility. A former Duke of Cambridge named two of his children George and Mary. As for the boys, most of the choices are dated or currently being used. Arthur or Frederick might be possible names. I would love to see Christian because its my favorite name. It is one of Prince Andrew's names
    but. I don't think it would actually happen. No ideas for middle names. Arthur William Frederick? Frederick Arthur William? Fun stuff Jane! Thanks for the poll :-) Erika

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  10. I am secretly hoping for a girl named Caroline Elizabeth, as it's my name! But seriously, I do think that Caroline is a good choice, as it has both royal provenance, as well as being a nod to the baby's maternal grandmother, Carole and paternal grandfather Charles (Caroline being the feminine form of Charles). Elizabeth is a lovely way of honouring the Queen. My second choice would be Alice or Charlotte. Very exciting!

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    1. That's exactly my hope, and for just those reasons. Great minds...

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    2. Caroline in Montana1 April 2015 at 16:18

      its really true about great minds thinking alike:) for a girl i was also going with caroline for ALL the reasons above! there werent to many carolines when i was growing up but it seems to be getting more popular. my second choice was Charlotte. For a boy i picked arthur with phillip a close second. so many of the names are already in use. I am hoping for a boy with then 1 or 2 girls to follow:) Have a great day everyone - Caroline in Montana :)

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  11. I would love for them to have a girl, however I think it’ll be another boy. Either way, I hope they don’t stop at two children.
    It would be great if the baby was born on the Queen’s birthday –April 21st.

    As for names, I believe they’ll use traditional royal names, but not ones in use with their immediate family for the first name and honor close relatives with their middle name choices. They also may go the ‘Prince Henry/Harry’ route and use a royal name as a full name and call the child by their nickname. For a girl I expect something like Charlotte or Alexandra and something like Alfred ‘Alfie’ or Albert ‘Bertie’ for a boy. They have a much wider choice with girls, since many royal male names are in use by other members of their family –James, Andrew, Edward, Harry, Charles, Phillip, Frederick, William, etc. If they have a girl, I’m sure one of her middle names will be Elizabeth.
    My favorite combos are Alexander James Phillip and Frances Charlotte Elizabeth, but I doubt they’ll use those first names.

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    1. That would be so neat if the baby is born on the queens birthday.
      She has been so selfless and dutiful for so many years she, I think, deserves special perks along the way. :)

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  12. Stephanie - I also think that if the baby is a girl, the name will be Victoria Elizabeth Diana. Elizabeth would honor the Queen and both Carole & Catherine's middle names. What an exciting time!

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  13. Rebecca - Sweden1 April 2015 at 02:35

    Ok, My guesses with explanations.

    Girl: Charlotte Elizabeth Frances

    3 names, just like George

    Charlotte: A female version of Charles. Continues the Carol, Catherine first letter. It's also Pippas middle name and the name of a former Princess of Wales
    Elizabeth: The Queen + the middlename of Carol and Catherine
    Frances: Dianas middlename from her mothers name, Also female version of Mikes middlename Francis.

    For a boy was harder for me....I think the middlenames will be Philip and Francis... But the first name is more difficult. Maybe Arthur... Yeah, let's go with Arthur.

    Boy: Arthur Philip Francis

    Arthur: Because I can't think of another :P
    Philip: In honor of Williams grandfather Prince Philip. Also a male version of Philippa, Catherines sister
    Francis: Mikes middlename and the male version of Dianas middlename Frances.

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    1. Our predictions are SO similar! Our logic is along the same lines, but we arrived at slightly different conclusions:

      Caroline Elizabeth Frances (Caroline is also a female version of Charles)

      I originally said Authur Peter Francis, but I think Philip is actually a bit more likely. I hope we're right! :)

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  14. As my name is Sarah Victoria I would love it if they chose that lol but I know a certain duchess of York pretty much ruined a chance of that happening!
    I really hope its a girl I'm still sad George wasn't a girl!
    People ask why I'm obsessed with royal babies its because I know they won't name is something stupid like apple or north
    For a boy I think Arthur James Francis would be nice! But I hope its a girl!
    Sarah usa

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    1. I do wish the name list was a little longer and more varied, but you make a good point. I agree that some names celebs come up with are pretty wild. Like "blanket?" I would love for Diana to be honored in one of her names probably as middle names. I hope, hope, hope it is a girl. I would love to see how Kate would dress a little girl! So what goes best with Diana or Frances? I have three boys, but if I had a girl, I wanted to name her Chloe Mae. What about Diana Mae or Chloe Frances?

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  15. I think if it's a girl, they should name her: Alexandra Diana Elizabeth. I love the name Alexandra and wonder why my parents never named me that. For a boy I'd say Albert Philip James would be nice but who knows what Kate and William will name their baby if it is a son.

    Here's to hoping the Duchess has a very safe delivery and a normal baby!
    Siopao from the Philippines

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  16. I like the name Sarah Elizabeth, and my use of Sarah has absolutely nothing to do with Sarah Ferguson. The name Sarah (as well as Elizabeth) has a strong biblical foundation and is a very classical name. It's meaning is "princess".

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    1. Edythe Caelwen2 April 2015 at 01:13

      Aww. My real name is Sarah Elizabeth.

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    2. That is my first grandchild's name, and I got to pick it. Bev in Colorado

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  17. I usually lurk, but I couldn't resist weighing in on baby names. I like Charlotte Mary Carole for a girl, but I also like VIctoria somewhere in the mix. For a boy, Philip MIchael James, and maybe Richard in there somewhere.

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  18. Maggie - Minneapolis1 April 2015 at 04:34

    I am really hoping for a girl this time - George is adorable but nothing beats baby girl clothes!!! And I really hope her name is Charlotte. I've always loved the name, and it's a subtle nod to Pippa. I find Alice to be terribly old-fashioned and I also have always been oddly creeped out by Alice in Wonderland because of a bad (funny now but bad when 6 years old) childhood experience, so I probably don't like the name Alice because of that as well :) And George was the most predicted name last time, and Alice is this time, and if they go with the most predicted name twice in a row, that will make me sad, for some reason I can't really explain haha. Also if it's a girl, I can easily see Elizabeth being one of her middle names, but not her first name, simply because it seems like the royal family (for the most part) tries not to repeat the first names of living relatives. And I think it would be hard for a little princess growing up to share a name with the monarch. I could also see them going with Margaret instead of Elizabeth as a middle name to honor Elizabeth via her sister. I'm 50/50 on whether or not they will choose to honor Diana with 'Diana' being one of the names (although 100% certain in my prediction that the baby's first/main name will definitely not be Diana). I wouldn't be surprised if they chose to honor Diana more subtly than simply using 'Diana' as the middle name. I could see them using Frances. But also wouldn't be completely shocked if they just used Diana, given that Kate is wearing her engagement ring. My prediction/hope for a girl is: Charlotte Elizabeth Frances Cambridge. Charlotte is for Kate's side, Elizabeth is for the Windsors, and Frances is for Diana. Runner-up is Charlotte Frances Margaret.
    If it's a boy, I don't really care as much just because I am so hoping for a girl! :) But, I don't think they will use the name James for any of the names. I think they will try to honor Kate's family in some way, but will not use the first/main name of any of her family members while doing that, just to avoid controversy/more "the Middletons are taking over the monarchy." While their inclusion of the Middletons in their lives has been very unorthodox, I think they seem pretty traditional in their naming of children, although one child is certainly not a large sample size and George was the heir and thus had more restrictions on his names. So my guess is a more subtle way to honor the Middletons, and aside from that, I don't know. I don't really like any of the other "traditional" choices for a boy. Phillip, Arthur, Frederick - it's all so old-fashioned.

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    1. Why does Charlotte remind you of Pippa? Is that one of her names? I think it might not make the cut as it's also a nod to Charles. :)

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    2. It's her middle name. Philipa Charlotte.

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    3. Thank you Jenny. I didn't know that.

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  19. Maggie - Minneapolis1 April 2015 at 04:43

    Also I don't think there's much to the tales that carrying high means a boy and carrying low means a girl or vice versa. But I do give more credence to the theory that if a mother is carrying differently than the first pregnancy, that may mean the opposite sex. So my prediction is a girl. I wonder if it's not a girl, if Kate and William will try for a third baby, but if it is a girl, if they will stop because of Kate's HG. Who knows! I wouldn't be surprised if Kate wants to emulate her family, and while I'm sure her HG was horrible, she didn't seem to have lost weight (and even put some on) after her first trimester of either pregnancy, which indicates that it probably wasn't life-threatening for her, either due to luck or the world-class medical treatment she has access to. This is NOT meant to even come close to saying that Kate was faking HG, or anything along those lines. Just that for many mothers with HG, its life-threatening nature (via nutrition-deficiency/weight loss) alone makes it impossible for them to want to try for future babies, but based on my observations of Kate (which are obviously all assumptions), I don't think she has to worry about that. But I could be wrong. I hope I'm not, because no woman deserves to feel as though she can't have another baby without risking her life/health.

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    1. Marci in Salt Lake City1 April 2015 at 16:34

      Beautifully said Maggie. I agree with all of this, especially because I was in that category as a young woman (though not with HG).

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    2. I also hope they have a third child and many more, providing Kate be in good health. Can you imagine having all the help in the world and limitless resources possibly and having the luxury of a large family. Obviously she and William appear to adore children.
      Why not have a quiver full? with the Middleton's help and the apparent new more helpful perspective from the Royal family, the children have more opportunity to turn out normal and happy.

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  20. Ohh I love so many of the names suggested. I love names that have history! I am hoping for a girl, just for fun, but I have no idea :) Girl names, I like Alice, Charlotte and Alexandra, for first names, Elizabeth is great for a second and Caroline or Charlotte for the third. Naming is so hard to predict, as parents we latch onto memories and history and what just "sounds" lovely to our ears. Boys I would go for Phillip, 1st, Henry or Harry second, Michael or Charles third. I just have to say the names already suggested are so great.Ali

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  21. Unorthodox? Prince Philip's mother lived her last years, and died, at Buckingham Palace. The Queen Mother remained very close to her parents, and the Queen is still good friends with some of her Bowes Lyon cousins. Queen Alexandra spent a lot of time at her native Danish court. The difference is that the Middletons are neither royalty nor nobility. But Prince William obviously respects and honors his wife's parents. That and their quiet, successful composure is reason enough for me to respect them.

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    1. I think the main difference is that the media is very much around nowadays and that they're particularly interested in Catherine's life. The Countess of Wessex is said to be quite close to her father but no one seems to find that noteworthy. The press seems to have decided that Carole is a certain way or perhaps they're rather portraying her in a way that they think will sell well (i.e. she worked her way up and her daughter married a Prince, so she must be a social climber; she spends a lot of time with her daughter's family, so of course she's taking over/ being controlling/ moving in etc.) All of this sounds ridiculous to me but unfortunately a lot of people start to believe these things if they hear/ read them often enough. The story will probably become boring at some point... Also, I think if it was the other way around and Catherine didn't see her family a lot, the media would most likely write stories about big family troubles, the Royals keeping her from her family...

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis1 April 2015 at 22:47

      Yes, unorthodox. Prince Philip's mother may have lived in Buckingham Palace for her last years, and I think maybe Sophie's father lives with her, but we've never seen them attend Christmas service with the royal family, and we've never seen anyone married into the royal family choose to eschew the royal family Christmas for the in-laws' celebrations instead. And the Middletons visited Kate in the hospital after she gave birth before any royal family members did. I'm not criticizing - I'm happy for Kate that her family is being included more - but I don't see how Kate and William's inclusion of the Middletons can be seen as anything other than unorthodox.
      As for the media's portrayal - I think part of the different that for them is that the perception is Prince Philip's mother lived in Buckingham when she was old and infirm and needed help, and same with Sophie's father now. Whereas Kate's parents have each other and are certainly not old/needing assistance. So the perception is that other in-laws sought the help of their children who married into the royal family, but in Kate's case, it is the opposite because she needs her mother's help. I'm not saying this is true; rather that this seems to be the perception, and perhaps explains why the media talks about the Middletons differently than other royal-in-laws. Kate barely had a job in her twenties and obviously relied on her parents for money. And her and William visit Bucklebury constantly. And of course, there's the whole matter of Kate and William taking George there instead of to a royal household after his birth. And again, the Middletons have been much, much more visible as in-laws than others. Nothing wrong with that, but it's true, so I'm not shocked that the media talks about them more. Lastly, part of it is definitely sexism, because Carole is often vilified for being a manipulative social climber who is very controlling - all tropes that are commonly applied to women. There's a reason Carole is seen as so manipulative and controlling while Michael is not, even though both probably have a say in their daughter's life. And if this was how Michael was seen, I'm sure it would be spoken of less negatively, because being powerful is good in men, but unsightly when seen in women. Ambition is also applauded in men and vilified in women.

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    3. Princess Alice of Battenberg, later Princess Andrew of Greece, was born at Windsor Castle in the presence of her grandmother, Queen Victoria. She attended church in the company of the Royal family for, among other occasions, Queen Victoria's funeral, the wedding of her only son to Princess Elizabeth, and Queen Elizabeth's coronation. She founded a religious order and is buried in Jerusalem.

      Princess Alice's full name, by the way, was Victoria Alice (her mother's name) Elizabeth Julia Marie. Wouldn't it be sweet if William and Catherine used Julia for a daughter, or of course any of her other names.

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    4. Amen, Maggie: I appreciate so much your advocacy in support of Carole Middleton as a woman. Women are so often diminished, despised: vilified, as you say. Sometimes I doubt about our real nature, about humanity's nature, it seems that all the human beings want is to be bad to each other. My hero, nowadays, is Malala: hopefully, the humanity she represents will prevail. Hopefully.

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    5. Thank you, Maggie!
      I've thought about commenting on this before. Carole is being pushed into the stereotypical role of the 'evil' mother-in-law and of course a male equivalent does not exist.

      I've got no idea whether Sophie's father has attended Christmas service at Sandringham but I'm pretty sure that if he did, no one would even notice. Perhaps he already has but didn't walk with the Royal family (neither did the Middletons) and wasn't recognized/ didn't seem interesting enough to the photographers.

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  22. I would be so happy if they would honor Princess Diana in some way by using Frances, Diana or Spencer, but a healthy baby and mother is most in my mind. I do love the idea of Charlotte if the baby is a princess.

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  23. Eve from Germany1 April 2015 at 08:59

    Well, what about the baby is born on the 21st and is a girl? It´s HM the Queen´s birthday - so why not call her Elizabeth then, change the succession to the throne and have a new "Elizabethan era" sometime in the future? I look forward to see all the current European princesses in line to the throne (think of Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and even Spain!) take over one day and do a brilliant job - so this little Elizabeth would be in very good company! ;-)))))
    Right, this was my feminist streak taking over, so I apologize, haha.......
    I´m in Royal Baby fever, too, of course, so this post, dear Charlotte, came in just at the right time (I was showing serious withdrawal symptoms already.... ;-))) ) !!! I would LOVE it if the baby was born on Easter Sunday with all the reporters spending the day at home with their families and missing it out completely, hahaha!!!
    Well, in the meantime, I´ll spend some more time thinking about which names are my favourite and whether I think it´s a girl or a boy (ok I admit I somehow wish it will be a girl!)!!
    Thanks for the post, Charlotte, and those polls, I really love them!! They take my attention away from this ugly weather here in Germany (yes, we did have snow this morning and it´s still so windy outside you fear the roof will take off any minute!) !

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  24. Maryland Moxie1 April 2015 at 10:17

    I would like to see a good old fashioned name like Edith or Evelyn used. Genevieve. Felicity. Theodora (currently taken by the Greek family - Phillip's kin). I'm hoping for a girl, spoiled and a bit wild like Princess Margaret.

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  25. I think we'll see a second baby boy :-)
    Philip is a good choice and seems less older that George.
    and for the date it will be at the end of april ? i see my agenda / my holidays and i wouldn't miss the wait in front of lindo wing :-)

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  26. American here, I really hope they have a little girl. I think that they are traditional in their naming so will choose a traditional royal name at the front for their second. I like Alice, Charlotte, Mary and Victoria though. We will see. I think if a girl her name willbe a bit longer, and Alice Charlotte Elizabeth Frances doesn't sound too bad.

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  27. Jean from Lancs1 April 2015 at 14:27

    I fancy Albert if a boy---serious name when adult, but shortened to Bertie is a nice cuddly sort of name for a baby.
    If a girl--I hope they do not call her Diana--think that might be too much for any child to cope with, but Frances would be nice and a complete change for the family.
    I wonder if there will be quite the fuss there was for George this time.
    I suspect the "Daily Mail" has just added a month to the date of Catherine's last engagement and taken a guess that is the due date. Certainly doubt they had a call from the Duke and Duchess to give them the date.
    I suspect they have their preference to the sex of the child, but will be happy with a safe delivery and a healthy child, whether boy or girl, though a tiny Princess would be lovely,

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  28. Wow time has flown by, only a few weeks to go!
    I think it would be great if they had a girl, so even though you can never tell for sure except by ultrasound, I'll take the sweet tooth and her carrying slightly different as signs its a girl :)
    Grace Elizabeth Frances is my favorite, although Alice as a first name is also cute and might be more likely.
    James Arthur Michael is my pick for a boy.
    Can't wait!
    -Hannah from Michigan

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  29. Tedi in California1 April 2015 at 15:04

    It would be lovely if she has a girl this time. But really, just a healthy baby. Alexandra Charlotte would be beautiful. Philip James for a boy.

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    1. Would love for her to be called Alexandra if its a girl, but doubt it because George's second name is Alexander. And would also want James in the name if its a boy.

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    2. Alexandra or caroline Frances for a girl to honor carole and diana.
      Phillip, Peter or michael for a boy to honor Prince phillip, michael middleton and his father, who was a friend of Prince Phillip, Peter Middleton.
      No Victoria. she, perhaps, was not the best namesake. God bless her, but has anyone read about her? not so much a role model perhaps.

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    3. Alexandra, caroline, Frances to honor carole and diana. Phillip, michael Peter to honor Prince phillip, Michael middleton and his father, Peter, who was friends with Prince Phillip.
      no Victoria. Perhaps not such a good role model? has anyone read about her?

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    4. Why would you not consider Victoria to be a good role model?

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    5. Victoria was a bit nutty, wasn't she? She didn't treat her children particularly well, and had that weird thing going with the Scottish guy. Not that there's anything wrong with weird things going with Scottish guys! I happen to like men in kilts. :0 But I'm not in perpetual mourning either. Unless you count mourning for my youth.

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  30. Amy, Detroit Michigan1 April 2015 at 15:15

    My vote is for a girl.

    And my name vote is Caroline, but only because my lifelong choice for my daughter was Caroline.....and now into my thirties I realize one should not simply have a baby just to name her Caroline, lol.

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      I don't really think they'll name their child Caroline but I agree with you that it is a very beautiful name! I, too, will name my daughter Caroline, should I ever have one :)

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  31. Canadian Friend1 April 2015 at 15:42

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Thanks for this post. It's hard waiting for the big day!

    I think April 23. As a wild card, I also predict a "late" arrival of May 3-don't know why...

    I think it's another boy.

    Names are tough but I'll take a guess. For a boy, I think there are too many living direct relatives to honour for the choice to be easy or fair. They might pick a traditional first name but one that is not about namesaking the living, So, maybe Richard or John (Princess Diana's father's name) with middle names of Michael and Charles. I don't think they can honour one grandfather and not the other when both are still around.

    Richard (or John) Michael Charles

    or, skip both grandfathers, and acknowledge Prince Phillip, by going with: John (or Richard) Phillip William or Phillip John William

    For girls, I think Alice or Mary are far more likely contenders than thought here. I know British oddsmakers are currently favouring Alice.

    Unfortunately, I think choosing Diana is just too controversial. I wouldn't be surprised if that name may have to await another daughter (if they have more children) or one of Harry's daughters. For middle names, I think they might use Frances as a way to honour both Diana and her mother (William's other grandmother) and Charlotte/Caroline as a way of honouring Carole, as well as Charles, who is said to have wanted a daughter very badly himself. I don't think Elizabeth will be used but it may be in the way I alluded to above. They could use it to honour the Queen, not use names which honour either grandmother, but name her after Kate instead. So, maybe:

    Alice (or Mary) Frances Caroline (or Charlotte)
    or: Mary (or Alice) Catherine Elizabeth

    What might be really interesting is to see if the Spencer family is honoured on a par with the Royals and the Middletons. So, it'll be interesting to see if names such as Frances and John are chosen. You may recall that George Alexander Louis included the names of all of William's Spencer first cousins (the children of Diana's siblings). This just might have been the coincidence of choosing the traditional names chosen by the British upper classes, and not a nod to the Spencers. Maybe, this baby's name might show a continuation of the subtle (?) acknowledgement by William of his mother and her family. I think that will be very curious to see.

    Can't wait!! Best to all!

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  32. Jean from Lancs1 April 2015 at 16:36

    Seems the long wait outside the hospital will not be allowed this time. An announcement has been issued that press may set up their cables from the 15th (originally told 20th). Reporters will not be allowed to sit outside until Catherine is admitted to the hospital.
    There will be another announcement of arrangements on the 9th.

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    1. Thanks for the info Jean. I was going to ask a general question about that.

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    2. Eve from Germany2 April 2015 at 09:53

      Jean, thanks so much for the info! That sounds like a very sensible arrangement to me. Fankly, I would ban all cables, reporters, etc, UNTIL a few hours before they plan to make their first appearance with the baby. Anything more than that just causes far too much upheaval and disturbances for the hospital in general! PLUS it´s a total waste of time and energy as you won´t see anything special anyway - we´ve all been able to experience that last time....

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden2 April 2015 at 21:24

      I'm very happy they are doing it more controlled this time. I felt so sorry for the other families and hospital staff that month. And actually also the press sitting there outside. This seems like a much better arrengement!

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    4. Good to know. thank you. :)

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  33. If the baby is a girl she'll be called Elizabeth. HM Queen will be our last female monarch in living memory

    Princess Elizabeth will carry on her name.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.2 April 2015 at 02:08

      Sam, I love your confidence on the name Elizabeth. 👑

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  34. I can't believe its April already! Time goes so quick.

    I'm hoping it will be a girl, but thinking it will be a boy. My names for a girl would be either Alexandra, Charlotte or Frances. For a boy James or Arthur. Thank you for the post :)

    Rebecca

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  35. I hope she will have a baby daughter, because I have two daughters. My name choice would be Mary Alice Elizabeth, and it would be cute for them to call her Mary Alice. I love double names, they are so charming.

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  36. I'd love to see George get a little brother. George and Peter Phillip!

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  37. I really hope it would be a girl this time round but I think it will be a boy ;) My names favourites for girls are Alexandra and Anne but it would be nice to see Kate & Will choose more unsual baby names like Alana or Saoirse (just kidding)

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  38. Hello!

    So many wonderful name suggestions and it's really interesting to see you votes. At present, it looks like James and Charlotte are the favourites and the majority of you think it will be a girl.

    Do any of you think there's a chance we'll see William and Kate choose an unexpected name they just happen to like or will we see a traditional choice?

    Also, as Jean mentioned above the media can set up their cables on April 15. It will be a much more organised affair outside the Lindo Wing this time.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis1 April 2015 at 19:38

      I'm hoping they pick an unexpected one! George was so predictable, and not just predictable, but the MOST predicted name! But my guess is that they will go traditional. For all the talk of the Cambridges not being typical royals, I actually think that they have followed a very typical royal trajectory, and I especially cannot imagine Kate bucking traditional names and picking something more unique. That's not meant as an insult - she's just been very old-fashioned so far in her life as a royal wife and I think that will continue.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.2 April 2015 at 02:16

      Oh Charlotte, I wondered about them using an unexpected name?........what do you think?

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  39. Charlotte, for a baby boy I like Spencer as a first name and Francis as a second for a girl Alexandra Victoria but not Alice.

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  40. Anja from Germany1 April 2015 at 18:36

    If they will have a girl (which I think) I would like the names Charlotte Alexandra Elisabeth. Though I also like the names Caroline and Frances. I find it a bit tricky this time to guess a boys´ name. I would prefer James, if it has to be classical. James Philipp Michael would sound okay. I´m looking very much forward to the Great Kate Wait - even if it turns out to be smaller than last time ;-)
    In my family we are expecting a pair of twins from my stepsister in Sweden (hej to Rebecca!) and I will "have to" buy some sweet baby clothes :o)
    Happy Easter to everyone!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 April 2015 at 21:34

      Hej Anja!! :) I love it when you "have to" buy baby clothes :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.2 April 2015 at 02:14

      Rebecca, how exciting! Congratulations and best wishes for your babies to be! My husband's dad and mom both had identical twins :)

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    3. Anja from Germany2 April 2015 at 10:51

      Hej Rebecca! YES, starting today ;-) Glad Påsk to you and your family! I love Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and little Estelle! And I would love to see Stockholm! Hejdo :-))

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden2 April 2015 at 21:23

      Haha, Sarah. I think you misunderstood. I'm not having babies :P Anja said Hej to me because I'm from sweden :P

      Anja: Glad Påsk :)

      I've actually only been to Stockholm 2 times in my life :P

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    5. Anja from Germany3 April 2015 at 10:04

      Oh, okay, it seems to ne the same when you are German and do not make it to Berlin too offen ;-)
      May I ask l where in Sweden you live, Rebecca? My stepsister lives near Göteborg.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2015 at 03:49

      I'd rather not ;) If that's okay :)

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    7. Anja from Germany4 April 2015 at 18:41

      Of course that's okay. I thought that 'd be a bit curious ;-) But I love Sweden from all I know about it and am always interested in different parts of it! I hope you enjoy living in such a beautiful country! Thanks for answering anyway. Let's keep the curiosity for the life of our Duchess :o)

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  41. I'm hoping for a girl named Eleanor, but I put in a vote for Charlotte since it was an option. For a boy I'd love an Arthur.

    I just don't see James. Will has a cousin named James, and Kate's brother is James. Maybe as a middle, but not as a first. I also think Elizabeth is one of those names that's far more likely as a middle.

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    1. Reading below it seems William also has a cousin named Charlotte as well.

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  42. yes... yes I am ready for Kate wait! eep!

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  43. I think Diana is too close to too many hearts and memories to be used right now---give it another generation I think. However, I can see them using "Frances" which is Diana's middle name, as way to pay tribute. I also think Elizabeth would work because it is Catherine's middle name and of course the Queen and Queen Mother. While I like James, I think because there's a current James in the family, they might stay away from that one. Michael would be a good choice though, and would honor Kate's side of the family which we know William absolutely loves and wants to include them in everything too. Anyone see the Queen Mother's full name? Some interesting names there: Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon.

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    1. Oh Marguerite would be a lovely middle name! I doubt they'll choose it but I think it's a beautiful name :)

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  44. I really doubt if it's a boy that they would name him James. Kate's brother's name is James, that would be like naming a girl Pippa, highly doubtful.

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  45. Thank you Charlotte for the polls! Its nice way for those of us across the pond to get in on the excitement! I hope she has a girl and names her Charlotte:) it was my sweet great grandmothers name too. She was always full of hugs and kisses for us. I hope they do not use Diana it is just to raw still. Frances would be a nice way to honor Diana. If the baby is a boy honor the two grandpas would be a nice touch.

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  46. My name for a girl is Mary Frances Caroline. And for a boy Edward Arthur John.

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  47. Personally I wish she had ditched those heels when out in public and so far along in her pregnancy. Low heels would have been fine. It never looked as if anyone was close enough to catch her if she tripped or toppled, and she wasn't holding onto railings. She has nothing to prove.

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    1. They were not as tall as her regular heels & were sturdier as they were wedges, but I would have gone for flats as well - though I don't wear heels at all.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 April 2015 at 00:10

      SInce she can play volleyball in them, and is asbkle to bend down in them while pregnant I doubt she is proving anything. Just not seeing them as a hinderance. She is used to them, not that hard then,

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis2 April 2015 at 01:37

      Kate is clearly very comfortable in heels and wears them quite a lot (even while shopping!), so I don't think she feels too concerned about falling over, and I can understand that. She's not doing her back any favors though, especially when wearing heels while pregnant. Also I think she wears heels because they elongate her legs, which she focuses on doing even more while pregnant (see all her raised hemlines during her first pregnancy). I don't blame her - she has fantastic legs and I'm sure she wants to show them off even more when her upper body is growing bigger than she is accustomed too. But again, her back is not going to thank her in ten or twenty years.

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    4. Agree Rebecca, I never found heels of any height an issue during any of my pregnancies. For me they were no big deal to wear while pregnant. I actually rarely wore flats and never low heels while pregnant. Tennis shoes when I played tennis which I did throughout all my pregnancies and my Dr had no issues or concerns with my running around and whacking tennis balls. It is just dependent upon each individual woman. Ali

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  48. If baby Cambridge is a boy, I would love to see Albert. I don't think Kate or William has ever spoken on why they chose the name George, but I read a lot of articles that speculated (and I agree) that in was to honor Queen Elizabeth's father. It would be nice to see this trend continued. I also love the nick name Bertie. First pregnancy, I was hoping for a girl named Alexandra but since Alexander is one of George's middle names, I doubt they'll use it. I'm hoping for Charlotte or Margaret this time around. Including a reference to Diana would be nice, but I don't know if Will and Kate would want to place additional pressure on their daughter. I know William especially has tried to discourage media comparisons between Kate and Diana.

    I'm curious, if Kate and Will have another boy, does anyone think they'll try for a girl? There is a definite two child trend in the royal family. Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth have 4 children, but all of their children have 2 and I believe Peter and Autumn only have 2 children as well.

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    1. I do think they'll try for a girl if they have another boy. I could even imagine them having a third child if it's a girl. Since Kate obviously enjoys having two siblings and is so close to them, I could definitely see her trying to create a similar environment for her children.

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  49. Maggie - Minneapolis1 April 2015 at 22:56

    Anybody else think it's silly that the Cambridges spent over 4 million pounds renovating a huge home in London if they are never going to stay in it? If this Wood Farm story is correct, then right now, they are currently choosing to live in an old hunting lodge that is not their residence instead of the lavishly renovated home that was redesigned to their exact preferences. If they won't even live in KP now, when their country home isn't available, then I don't understand when they will. Obviously they need a London base, but I'm confused as to why they couldn't have taken a smaller apartment or one that needed less remodeling done, especially since once they are King and Queen, they will move into Buckingham Palace. And Clarence House was very recently renovated, so they could have easily kept a smaller apartment in KP until Charles and Camilla moved out upon Charles' ascension to the throne, and then the Cambridges could have moved into Clarence House. Even if they wanted to make some changes, it would surely be MUCH less expensive than choosing an apartment that required asbestos removal and a complete plumbing overhaul, along with other things. Especially since 1A was being used by other people, and those people had to be moved out. As for needing to host events in their home - given that they are not the Prince and Princess of Wales yet and William just signed a 3-year contract for a civilian job, will they really be hosting much of anything in London anytime soon? And if they do, they could easily just host in Kensington's State Apartments, which were also recently renovated. I just see their choice to live in Wood Farm currently (if true) to be so indicative of their huge amount of reluctance to live in KP except for when appearances dictate a need. And that makes the decision to spend 4.5 million pounds of taxpayer money on renovating a large apartment to be an extreme waste, especially given the backlog of repairs in royal homes. I'm sure I'll get a lot of hate for this post, but oh well, I like to live dangerously! :)

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    1. I've been reading a lot of upset by other British taxpayers about this. Definitely not just you.

      But as always, reasons will be given for the wasting of money.

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    2. Tammy from California2 April 2015 at 01:15

      Okay, your last line of living dangerously gave me a giggle!

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    3. I've read that KP is haunted with many ghosts, and especially George's nursery. Maybe Catherine is more creeped out staying there than she thought she would be. I know I would, even though I don't really believe in ghosts. But it is so huge and not "homey". I wouldn't even want to live in Downton Abbey for heaven's sake! So big and so many empty rooms would seem weird. It was fine in the days with lots of servants and many people coming and going, but we live differently today. This is way out, but it is a thought.

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    4. Ok Forgive me Maggie, but I'm stumped on this one? Looking at the big picture a few things just pop to mind that cause me to not find this odd?
      1) The Country Home/ London Home has been a longstanding tradition for the Heirs to The Throne
      (Charles has had Highgrove & London)
      2) Will & Kate both love the Country life (ie their yrs in Anglesey) & They seem set on enjoying Anmer while their children are young & William is at his new job Flying
      3) Will grew up between Highrove & KP
      4) I think the KP renovations fell under "Do it Once/ Do It Right) They Got all the renovations done early on, so they are now all set with a London Base that suits their needs now & will suit their needs later as Prince & Princess of Wales. I think they will have many years to be based in KP (with Anmer as their Country Home) before they ascend & move into Buckingham Palace.
      5) As for the $ & taxpayer sentiments.... hey I'm a Yank, so this is my view from across The Pond:)
      Cheers,
      Becca

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    5. Jean from Lancs2 April 2015 at 10:00

      Prince William started his job with Air Ambulance this week, so will need to be in Norfolk.
      The "Daily Mail" contradicts its own reports, so have stopped believing anything they report, but this argument about the cost of renovations has been argued so many times that it is becoming boring.

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    6. Kensington palace belongs to the nation. As it is an aging public heritage building, it was due a massive renovation anyway. All the income earned goes into the public purse. Westminster council earns a big income from it.

      The royal family live in a private part of the palace. The Cambridges recently refurbished their wing privately at no cost to the taxpayers. They're already independently wealthy in their own right.

      The royal family are remarkably cost effective in connection with the service they provide for the nation and commonwealth.

      It's very plain to see.

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    7. Good grief.

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    8. Maggie,

      Ive read numerous articles that may or may not be true...Catherine apparently feels trapped living at KP. This can be evidenced through the pictures of her walking George in Kensington gardens. Seeing pictures like that is upsetting. Catherine signed up for public life but being stalked through the park while walking with her child is not considered public life...its outright invasion of privacy. I believe its this reason she despises KP...its in the hub of London where her every move is watched. Even if a bird lives in guilded cage adorned with the most expensive jewels....its still a cage. On the other hand, i so agree that the huge amount of monetary waste is truly bizarre.

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    9. first text didn't show up.
      The civil lists monies belong to the Royal family and always have. They set it up that way generations ago.
      so earning their keep is a mute point.
      I believe everyone of them desires to use their privilege to help others and they are very diligent in doing so.
      They do way more than I have ever done so far.
      And as for kendington palace, that needed to be renovated, period.
      tourism will easily pay for that. If kensington palace is left to run down
      them what about other less prominent
      ones that help make Britain Britain.
      It is a valuable heritage for us all.
      To better navigate the present it helps
      to study the past.

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    10. the civil list belongs to the Royal family and had for generations. It is part of their wealth. They established the civil list years ago. so the matter of them earning their keep is a moot point.
      as for kensington palace, it need to be renovated, period. tourism will pay for that quickly. If a prominent building like kendington palace left to neglect how much more would less prominent historical buildings. Those are a large part of what makes Britain Britain.
      to better navigate the future we can study the past.

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    11. Stephanie I have been reading a lot about it too. I think people are most upset because if she goes to her parents house again, the cost for security is insane. I think that is why taxpayers are upset and rightly so. Especially after they just paid millions for KP. Kate should just go to KP and if she wants her mom there, have Carol come to KP. I honestly think Amner is finished. They stayed there over Christmas and even had a party to thank the builders. So, I wonder if this story is rubbish or if it was written just to prepare people for the idea of Kate going home to her parents house again. I guess time will tell...

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    12. Good points Maggie, I sometimes wonder who makes the decisions like renovating the huge apartment at KP for William and Kate - possibly they don't have much say either way and are told 'this is where you will live when in London'.

      One thing that comes to mind, given that W & K have other options to live in in London when they become Prince and Princess of Wales as you mention, is that possibly 1A at KP is earmarked for Harry when the time comes? Just a thought.

      Fiona in Australia

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    13. I'll see if I can find something, but I always got the impression it was William who didn't like living in KP, not so much Kate. I'll see if I can find something to back that up.

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    14. Maryland Moxie3 April 2015 at 03:15

      I find it fascinating that the royal family needs all these homes - Buck Palace can certainly handle Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, George and the new baby. There is no need for Clarence House, St. James, AND Kensington. However if this were debate class and I was assigned to defend the expenditure on Kensington Palace - one could make the argument that the renovations provided jobs to the local economy to renovate an historic house. Meanwhile, what I could not justify is the expense to constantly GUARD and staff these properties -- as that is an ever increasing annual expense. Which is why the consolidation of the family to one main house in London - Buck Palace makes sense.

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    15. Bluhare, from my understanding Will and Kate were able to choose what residence they wanted to make their 'main' one. I thought they picked KP and on top of that then choose the biggest apartment within KP. So I am not sure how they cannot like it when they chose it. I think KP is probably more like a fishbowl for them as opposed to Amner. But like I said, they picked the biggest apartment that faces the street. It was their choice. I don't think you can renovate a place like that and then not live in it without people getting upset. I know others are saying that it need to be renovated, however, if Will and Kate had not lived in it than it would not have been renovated to the degree it was. There probably would have just been some small maintenance done on it over time. As it stands it was renovated to the high degree with no one occupying it. With William's new job that is understandable that right now they won't live there, but since Amner is supposedly not finished, it would make sense for Kate to go to KP after the birth. I just hope she doesn't go to her mom's house again after the birth. Right now it just seems like a waste of money (but that is just how I value each cent)

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    16. Anon 23:31;

      I read a number of times that Apartment 1A was not offered to them, they chose it. They did have a say.

      I also remember reading that William wanted Diana's apartment. But Kate thought it was creepy that he would want to live in his childhood home (this from the woman who still runs home herself).

      And no, I don't get my information from tabloids, I got it from royal reporters.

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    17. That's right Moxie. But how much of BP is devoted to private accomodation? I know part of it is open to the public - and cleverly. It raises money frim tourists, which means the RF has an income from it, and the nation attracts wealth from abroad.

      Another doubt I have is, palaces are usually built with rooms in series, which makes privacy tricky. Maybe it's for that. Or maybe they don't want to let the buildings ruin.

      Camilla

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    18. Moxie, you bring out the worst and best in me with your comments. Sometimes I want to test my hair out and times like this I laugh out loud. You have given me the image of a royal family version of dallas. All that backstabbing and intrigue presided over by Queen Ellie. You've started my day here in Ireland with a smile. Have a lovely Easter.
      Fiona

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    19. Jean from Lancs3 April 2015 at 09:59

      Would you like to be ordered to live with your husband's grandmother?
      HM's three younger children have their London Base at Buckingham Palace..

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    20. Actually, Fiona, it was reported at the time that William and Kate had their choice of properties (including some others?) and Kate chose the KP one. I think I read William wanted Diana's old apartment but Kate thought it would be creepy to live there. (No, I'm not making that last one up.)

      Moxie, I want to say I've read that Charles is thinking of moving the official residence to Windsor Castle once he's King and turning BP into more of a tourist and meeting type place.

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    21. How true, Jean. :)

      There's nothing new about W&K's living arrangement. Let's not kid ourselves. Any apartment they would have chosen would have been updated for them. Doesn't everyone like to update and customize their home, preferably before they move in?

      Also, when W/K/G stayed with the Middleton's after George was born, some folks were upset about the cost of security. Yet if Carole stays at Anmer, folks complain that she is manipulative and spends too much time with W/K/G. Is it me or is this like a maze without an opening? :))

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    22. Maryland Moxie4 April 2015 at 00:24

      I wouldn't say "ordered", Jean. They would be given accommodations in Buck Palace for when they were needed in the city for official business. THAT's their public housing - a palace which already needs to be guarded. If they want another place to live in London, well then they can pay for the upkeep and security and not put it on the taxpayer. There are 52 royal and guest bedrooms and 188 staff bedrooms. This conversation is essentially about the cost of housing W&K in London - a place they don't really wish to be in according to reports. Just why are the taxpayers funding and guarding a family residence in London, when Will has a job in Norfolk being a helicopter pilot?

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    23. Royalfan, I don't think it is about them spending so much of taxpayers money to update KP. It is the fact that they spent so much and now barely use it. This is all in regards to where Kate will go after her baby, not where they live in general. If Amner is really still being fixed, which I doubt, then after this new baby it would make sense for Kate to go to KP since that is their other home. They spent so much money on it, they should use it. If she goes to her mom's house, then she is not utilizing KP and on top of that she is costing taxpayers a small fortune.

      I don't think anyone would say Carol is manipulative if she went to Amner after the birth. How much time she spends there during the regular year and with Kate is a whole different discussion about dependency. That is like comparing apples to oranges. But in terms of the birth, it is normal for a mom to help out the first 1-2 weeks (not 4-6 weeks). I don't think anyone would say anything if she helped out. A parent normally helps their child at their own home, not the new mother and baby going to the parents home, which in this case would cost a ton with the security detail. If that is what Kate chooses to do again, it will seem like waste of how much money was spent at KP. It made sense last pregnancy since KP was not finished, however, that excuse does not fit this time. It will be interesting to see where she goes again.

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    24. I think they will go back to Amner since William has started his new job. His hours are normal working day shifts and evening shifts. So if they went to her mom's then William wouild not be able to see his new baby on a daily basis. So they might go to her mom's fo rthe first two weeks while William is off on leave then return to Amner HOuse with her mom coming along for a few weeks more.

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  50. Weeks ago I tipped it would Alice for a girl otherwise Victoria with a definite middle name of Elizabeth. I don't think it will be Charlotte as William's uncle Charles Spencer named his daughter Charlotte Diana. If Diana is at all a contender for a middle name, it's not going to be Charlotte. Sorry, Charlotte!

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  51. I voted for boy, but I'm hoping for a girl. Also voted for Mary. Some of the other names seem a bit too predictable.

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  52. I do hope that Baby #2 is a little girl~ but I am thinking that statistically, she has a better chance of having another boy. Whatever Baby Cambridge #2 is, I am sure that the little one will be beautiful and absolutely loved. If it is a little girl, I like the name Charlotte Elizabeth Frances and if a boy Peter Arthur Francis too!! The Great Kate Wait begins again....it is going to be an exciting month. Nancy USA

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  53. Tammy from California2 April 2015 at 01:13

    I have to say, for Kate and Wills, I wish for a girl AND in my heart I think she is having another boy. Kate does everything right and producing an "heir and a spare" seems to be exactly what perfect Kate would do. I agree though Charlotte: as long as the baby is healthy, that is all that really matters. I also think Alice Frances Charlotte is a spectacular name ;)

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis2 April 2015 at 07:42

      Hopefully in this day and age, no one in the royal family or Kate's family thinks that it's only perfect if the spare is male. Maybe that's a little idealistic of me, but it seems odd for a family whose reigning monarch is a woman to wish for male monarchs after this.

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    2. I think it will be a girl, but my intuitive sixth sense hears announcement of 'It is a boy".
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    3. I don't know what they might wish for but there are three males in line. There will be a King into the 22nd century, betting some misfortune or leap into s republic

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    4. Jean, I agree it's uninteresting and has been discussed here at length and in endless detail. But still a topic many find absorbing. Chsrlotte's archives should satisfy the most irate taxpayer.

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    5. Lynn Georgia USA4 April 2015 at 13:53

      You are right about the likelihood of kings, Greybird. The lineup at this moment is five males, I figure: Charles, William, George, Harry, Andrew. Is that right? Of course, that queue will change in just a few days--hopefully with a little princess in Spot #4! We'll see!

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  54. Boy or girl....healthy is most important. I'd like for them to have a girl - Prince George will be a wonderful big brother. He seems very happy and well-adjusted and that would set a wonderful example for the newest little one.

    As for names, I'd love to see Diana honored in some way. Perhaps as a middle name to a little girl or using Spencer as a middle name for a little boy. I know Spencer goes outside of tradition but with the bond he shared with his mother, I think it's acceptable.

    April is a wonderful month to be born (I could be bias since I'm an April baby).

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  55. Michelle in US2 April 2015 at 04:34

    If the media can set up on the 15th, I think it would be hilarious is she went into labor on the 14th and the press all had to scramble. I definitely wouldn't want to be another new mother at the same time. Talk about noise and no sleep.

    I voted for a girl although I think it's wishful thinking given that all of HM's children had two of their own and they were all boys or girls, except for Edward and Sophie.

    I like the name Victoria or Elizabeth for a girl. For a boy, Philip or Michael. Charlotte, I don't think they will stray out of the traditional and give the baby a name like Dwayne or Monica, but one never knows! LOL.

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  56. Kate, Texas, USA2 April 2015 at 04:42

    I haven't had a chance to read through the comments yet, but it was interesting to see the poll results! As Charlotte mentioned above, we all hope and pray for a healthy baby. I flip flop back and forth between boy or girl, but thinking it might be a girl. :) So, I'm going with Charlotte Elizabeth Frances. I do not think they would use the name Diana as her death is still so "fresh" in many minds (I hope that does not sound disrespectful). I think they would honor her by using her middle name Frances if anything. If another bouncing baby boy is born, I think Henry James Francis, although I do like Charlotte's suggestion of Peter Arthur Francis. There are lovely names listed for both boy/girl. I wonder if this little prince/princess will be "tardy" like their big brother??? The Great Kate Wait round 2 has begun. SO VERY EXCITING!!!! Prop your feet up Kate and eat all the chocolate biscuit cakes and sticky fruit loaves your heart desires!

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  57. Kate, Texas, USA2 April 2015 at 04:46

    Completely forgot to guess the date of arrival..... Hoping for April 21, the Queen's 89th birthday. What a lovely birthday gift that would be for HM!

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  58. Jenny from London2 April 2015 at 07:51

    Hello, usually I'm just a lurker here... Really hoping they have a girl, but I think it will be another little prince. If it's a girl I hope for a name not on the list - Rose would be a lovely name for a princess. Otherwise from the list I like Alice and Charlotte. If it is a boy my choice would be Arthur for a first name. Most importantly I just wish them a trouble free delivery and a healthy baby.

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    1. Hi Jenny, I would love to see them use an "off the list"name but unfortunately don't see them doing it. Using an expected name is rather anticlimactic.

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    2. Margaret is not on the list and there's still a chance of it being used, I think.

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    3. I think you're right about Margaret anon. 9:57. Actually, I don't know why it isn't on the list. Eleanor might not be a long shot either. I just don't think it will be an unexpected name since the new baby will be the spare. Although, Princess Rose does have a nice ring to it :-)

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    4. I like it Erika! How about Rose Elizabeth Frances, or Rose Elizabeth Charlotte.

      Fiona in Australia

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    5. Perfect Fiona :-) I have the same thought that the second name will be Elizabeth regardless of what the other two names end up being.

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    6. I like Rose as well. And probably acceptable too.

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  59. I think K+W will name their baby girl Sybil ;-)

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  60. any one else notice Rebecca Deacon's attentiveness to Kate's comments to
    William? Just the way the photo caught the moment it seems a little different.

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  61. Has anybody else wondered whether Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky naming her daughter Charlotte may affect W&K's use of the name? It's still my top favorite for a girl but that has occurred to me since Charlotte was born in the Fall.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2015 at 04:02

      I highly doubt that would have any effect!

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    2. I don't think the British Royals have Chelsea Clinton on their mind. Other Royals, yes, but not anyone else.

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    3. Not sure anyone would consider Chesea Clintons Childs name when considering their own kids name. We all whether Royal or not choose names either representative of our families or go the other direction completely. But I think most of us are just concerned with immediate family...

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    4. Lynn Georgia USA4 April 2015 at 14:01

      I agree. They may not even know what Chelsea Clinton named her baby. I didn't know until you told me!! I do, however, think that Charles Earl Spencer's choice of Charlotte Diana for his daughter a couple of years ago could definitely affect their use of the same name.

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  62. The Queen, the Queen Mother, Prince Philip's mother, Catherine, and Carole have all had Elizabeth as one of their names, and this baby will be born near the Queen's 89th birthday. Surely if a princess she will have Elizabeth as one of her names. I don't know how a Prince can be named to honor the Queen, since Alexander was used for George.

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  63. Helen in Indiana2 April 2015 at 23:42

    I am one of the minority in that I hope the Duchess has a boy. I think it would be fitting in the parallels between Diana and Catherine. If it is a boy, I think the most appropriate name would be Henry Phillip Spencer. However, if she were to have a girl my vote is for Diana Victoria Elizabeth. I do so hope Diana is chosen as the first name for a girl and not just some name referencing the late Diana. However, the poor child would have an insurmountable task in carrying the name. It may be akin to being close in line to the royal throne. I'm so concerned about he Duchess' weight. I just don't feel as if she has gained a healthy weight this time around. However, judging from the health of little George, I'm sure she is doing everything within her power to make sure she delivers a healthy and wonderful addition to the family.

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    1. She actually looks to have been a good weight throughout this pregnancy in my eyes. Ali

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  64. I voted for Charlotte for the "girl" name, but wished I had thought to vote for "Margaret." It's a lovely name and would certainly please the Queen. As would "Rose."

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  65. My guess is Victoria Elizabeth Diana/Charlotte

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  66. It would be awesome to have a little princess but all that really matters is that the baby is healthy.

    The changes to the UK Royal Succession Act that came into effect last month mean that whether the baby is a boy or a girl they'll be the next in line to the throne after Prince George. So the likelihood is the name will be a traditional one. All the combinations that Charlotte has suggested are lovely.

    I see the Kensington Palace issue has come up again in the comments on this post. Because I work as a researcher I have a preference for facts. KP is part of the Royal Estate and funding for its upkeep comes from the Sovereign Grant. The way that the Sovereign Grant is spent by the Queen is subject to review by the UK National Audit Office and the UK Parliament's Committee of Public Accounts. For accountability the Keeper of the Privy Purse (the Queen's Treasurer) prepares an Annual Report & Accounts on the Sovereign Grant which is then tabled in the House of Commons each year.

    The reports of the Public Accounts Committee over the last few years make interesting reading because it's clear they've been putting pressure on the Royal Household to do more to safeguard nationally important heritage properties. They've also been very concerned at the large backlog of repairs required. The amounts spent on KP are detailed as 1m pounds on structural work (removal of asbestos and repairing the roof) & 3.4m pounds on the internal refurbishment of apartment 1A (mostly re-wiring of the electrics, new plumbing & heating systems, new kitchen for official functions in the State rooms etc). The furnishings including the curtains, carpets, internal decor, new small family kitchen etc were paid for privately by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

    Both the repairs to KP and the refurbishment of Apartment 1A would have happened anyway at some point as they were on the scheduled list of work required to the Royal Estate. The fact that the Cambridges needed a permanent official residence in London just pushed them up the priority list and meant they happened sooner rather than later.

    There was some speculation in the media about the future of Clarence House when Prince Charles becomes King including whether it will become the official residence of the Cambridges or Prince Harry in the future. The Palace confirmed that KP would continue as the official residence of the Duke & Duchess including when William becomes Prince of Wales.

    The arrangements that the Cambridges have in splitting their time between KP and Norfolk are no different to those that have been in place for Prince Charles for the last 35 years. The Duchy of Cornwall purchased Highgrove for his use in 1980. It's listed as his 'family home' and KP (when he was married to Diana) and later CH have been listed as his official London residence. In practice he has spent considerably more time at Highgrove than at his official residences and this hasn't been seen as a problem nor impacting on his carrying out of royal duties.

    My gran pointed out that William and Kate's arrangements have precedents in recent royal history and tradition. George V when he was Duke of York and heir to the throne lived at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate in a comfortable middle class rather than royal lifestyle. The Queen's parents lived very quietly away from the limelight until thrust into the monarchy. I wish I could convey my gran's very dry tone as she commented that their preference for a family life in the country didn't stop George V & George VI becoming very competent and admired monarchs. She thinks the KP arrangements for William and Kate are 'entirely reasonable and if they're acceptable to the Queen and the British Parliament who are we to disagree.'

    If you're interested in the Queen's official roles there's a neat summary of them at the beginning of the latest annual report on the Sovereign Grant here
    https://www.royal.gov.uk/pdf/Sovereign%20Grant%20201314.pdf



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    1. That made for terrific reading! I love the info and the context you provide to something that I confess I have been all over the map about - thinking its not too big a deal at one point, and then at other points saying, hmm seems wasteful. This puts it all into perspective with, as you say, facts. I really appreciate your taking the time to post this.

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    2. I hope you don’t mind, but I think I’ll quote your post every time the issue of Kensington Palace refurbishment comes up (as it does over and over and over again, ad nauseam).

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    3. Thanks blue wren, that was really interesting. The way it's decided how funds are spent and the checks and balances in place is good to know. I've also found it a bit odd that people comment on William and Kate having a country home as well as a London base, as this has been tradition for a long time in the BRF.

      I wasn't aware that it had been decided that W & K would be based at KP when they become Prince and Princess of Wales, so that makes more sense to spend the money on restoring 1A. I have a sense that W & K will base themselves at Anmer as much as possible for as long as they can, much like Charles has done at Highgrove. What a wonderful upbringing that will be for their children, as it seems that W & K have already made it a comfortable family home, with little of the stuffy protocol typical of royal households in the past.

      I believe this has a lot to do with how Princess Diana raised William and Harry, she was very courageous in the way she tried (and succeeded) in modernising the monarchy and making it more accessible and relatable to the public. In fact I think in many ways this will save the monarchy.

      Fiona in Australia

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    4. blue wren, thank you for sharing.

      I do believe that KP will be W&Ks' London base for many years to come. If Charles becomes king tomorrow, I do see him and Camilla moving into BP, but I'm not convinced William (in particular) would be keen on moving his family to CH.

      And when William's time comes, who knows...he may avoid BP altogether and have it serve two purposes ... to accommodate the official part of "the job" and office space.

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    5. Thank you, blue wren.

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis4 April 2015 at 01:27

      Even if 1A would have been refurbished - there's no way it would have been to the extent that it was because the Cambridges were moving in. For example, taxpayers paid for a new bedroom for them and a nursery for George, because they weren't happy with the layout or structure of the 18 rooms. That's not a necessary refurbishment.

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    7. Rose from Montreal Canada4 April 2015 at 01:37

      Thank you Blue Wren that was very informative. I hope this will somewhat quieten the complaining but realistically don't think it will complainers will always complain. I am hoping for a girl but knowing that it will probably be a boy just to prove me wrong. I have no clue how to tell the difference between a boy or girl pregnancy seeing I couldn't even predict my own lol. I just hope the baby is healthy.

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    8. I think most of us enjoy facts, blue wren. No one disputes that the renovations had to be done. The question was more the prioritization of the money given that there were other, arguably more urgent, renovations that could have been done -- at Buckingham Palace, for example, the fact that a tenant had to be removed (and compensated) so the Cambridges could have that apartment when there were others available, and the money spent redoing the interiors. Again, probably would have had to be done at some point; however, it as supposed to be their permanent residence which technically it still is except they have decamped. So £4 million was spent and then they decided they wanted to do something else and live elsewhere. I don't think anyone would begrudge them a London base and a country home, as you're correct; everyone else has one, yet neither of them was doing much in return for it. I think that was the part of the equasion that was missing in your otherwise very well done post.

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    9. "I've also found it a bit odd that people comment on William and Kate having a country home as well as a London base, as this has been tradition for a long time in the BRF. "

      From what I can tell, the issue is that she goes home to her parents, upping the need for costly security there also.

      "I believe this has a lot to do with how Princess Diana raised William and Harry, she was very courageous in the way she tried (and succeeded) in modernising the monarchy and making it more accessible and relatable to the public."

      WK are not modern; they rarely do public work and are not relatable in their lifestyle. WK behave more like royals in the past than in the 20th century.

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    10. blue wren, I found what your wrote interesting, except for the above discussion was not about if Will and Kate should have spent as much money as they did on KP. It was about Kate going to her mom's house after this birth WHEN she owns 2 homes. Especially when one cost so much to fix. It was more about how much money it costs to taxpayers when Kate goes to her mom's house for a month like after George. They have KP, which did cost a lot, and they barely use it. I have no problem with them having 2 homes, that is typical of royals. But it is just wasteful to not use them after this birth. And yes their apartment would have been refurbished at some point if they had not chosen it. However, it would not have been fixed to the degree it was, nor would it have cost as much. Anyway, that doesn't really matter since KP was refurbished awhile ago now and so be it. The point of the discussion was should Kate really go to her mom's house when she has 2 homes, especially at the expense of tax payers for security.

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    11. Royalfan,

      How much "office space" does one need lol.

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    12. I think since Willian has already started his new job, they might spend the two weeks William will be off with her parents. then return to their country home with Kate's mom along with the nanny for a few more weeks. Since William's job is regular hours he will be home in the evening/day so I would imgine he would like to see his baby on a daily basis.

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  67. Hello from Denver!
    I think it will be a girl and I vote for Alexandra Elizabeth Spencer

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  68. Thank you blue wren. Ali

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  69. Just a thought....If Catherine has a second son, she will probably repeat the polka-dot dress from the birth of Prince George.

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    1. I'm betting on a brand new dress Bella.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2015 at 03:36

      I think a new one. Just for photography/timeline purposes.

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA4 April 2015 at 14:09

      I don't think she'll wear the same dress--no way. The appearance of Kate, William, and the baby on the steps will mark another historic moment--and if Kate wore the same dress, it would be hard to distinguish the historic appearance of George from the historic appearance of ??????

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  70. Just curious - does anyone think Prince George will make an appearance at the hospital to meet his little brother or sister? I just watched some old footage of William visiting the hospital when Harry was born, but William was a bit older (already 2).

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  71. I wonder if they will hire a second nanny for the second child. Didn't Sophie have a nanny for each of her children? Taking care of a newborn and a seemingly rambunctious
    George could easily be two jobs, don't cha think? (I know "normal" people do a lot more than that. We are talking "Royal"
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  72. The interchangeability of the name Elizabeth Catherine and Catherine Elizabeth is interesting. Elizabeth is a commonly shared name among his grand and great grand parent as well as Kate's middle and her mother's middle name. If the birth is on April 21, the Queen's birthday, I bet 100%, if a girl, she will be given the name Elizabeth as one of her names. If she is to be born on their anniversary or close to it, I wonder if it will include some version of Kate's name as well as Elizabeth. Regardless, I hope they will make at least one of her names after her own nature/personality and thus unique identity ( totally different from any of her family's names).

    If a boy, it might have Francis/Frances? as one of his names.
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  73. hi everyone.. i think it's a boy but i like to vote a girl's name cos it's more interesting - Alexandra Mary Alice.

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  74. I would love a compound name like Diana-Rose (Rose being a tribute both to the late Princess of Wales, whose surname was "The rose of England" in Sir Elton John's song and Princess Margaret's middle name). Diana-Rose, Elisabeth, Margaret for a girl and Philip, Edward, Richard for a boy.

    Monica, France

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  75. I think it's a girl and I also think she'll have it by 20th of april. She won't be allowed to go further on as they won't want the attention drifting away from the UK General election on 7 May.

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  76. Hey Charlotte, Kate was spotted out shopping yesterday:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/HRHBabyWatch/status/584116015333642240/photo/1

    Obviously we have seen that coat before, but I don't remember those boots...?

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    1. Thank you so much Kat, I'm actually writing a post now and I believe they are her Zipkin boots :)

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    2. Oh your right!!! I recognize them now. Thank you :)

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  77. Hi all,

    I am once again desperately praying for a girl. Was so disappointed about a boy last time....and even worse when they called him George! Although, he clearly is totally adorable and I am a sure a complete ham.

    Here's the name for a girl that I'd like: Charlotte Mary Elizabeth. No reason why, just wanted something different. Like the name Charlotte and the way the rest rolls off the tongue.

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