Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Kate & George Enjoy Visit to Bucklebury Farm Park & Prince William Takes Paternity Leave!

We're back with a brief post covering a surprise Kate and Prince George appearance along with the latest royal baby news!

As many of our friends across the pond will have seen, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George featured on the cover of yesterday's NY Daily News. Additional photos can be viewed here.

NY Daily News

The newspaper reports the snaps were taken at a "London park". I've been told they were taken on Sunday, when Kate took Prince George to Bucklebury Farm Park. Before returning to London, ahead of the arrival of the royal baby, the Duchess spent much of last week with her family relaxing and enjoying quality time with her parents.


More from Us Magazine:

'Just this past weekend, Middleton visited her hometown of Bucklebury to see mother Carole and father Michael, and Prince George tagged along.
 On Sunday, April 19, the Duchess took her son to Bucklebury Farm, where a local says the little tot had so much fun. "She had a protection officer with her and another woman, who didn’t look like Carole," the eyewitness tells Us. "George was in a cute jacket and was having the time of his life, if those giggles were anything to go by."'

Kate and Prince George have become incredibly fond of visiting the local farm park during their their trips to Bucklebury. Indeed, the residents of the leafy village have always been very protective of William and Kate and last November banned 'unauthorized photographs' (I believe Sunday's photograph was taken in the car park) on the premises to protect its royal visitors.

Bucklebury Farm Park

Below we see Kate and George there last summer.

Elou 71 Twitter Feed

The little Prince clearly adores the outdoors like his parents. Earlier this month, he and Kate were photographed at Snettisham Park near Anmer Hall. The entire set of photos are now available to view at the OK! website.

New Idea Magazine / The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page

The Duchess wore her trusty Barbour Linhope jacket - a piece she's had as far back as 2009 (with thanks to Kate & Pippa Style for the speedy ID).

NY Daily News

Kate's maternity jeans are thought to be her Topshop Leigh Jeans, a pair she sported during her first pregnancy with Prince George. They're available in a number of washes at Topshop and Nordstrom for £46.  J Crew maternity jeans have also been suggested as another possibility.

Topshop Leigh

It looks like Kate also wore her Mint Velvet 'Bibi' Plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

As for Prince George, he wore a gorgeous tweed jacket with a pair of £46 Baby Boy Dungarees by Petit Bateau. His shoes appear to be the Start-Rite Flexy-Soft Air boys shoes, available for £40. (With thanks to Prince George Pieces).

Petite Bateau / Start-Rite

It looks like Kate and George enjoyed another enjoyable outing at the park, and my hasn't George grown?

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In royal baby news, despite news reports to the contrary, Prince William will not face a dash to the Lindo Wing to be by Kate's side. The Prince has finished the latest stage of his training early and is now on maternity leave until 1 June.

More from the Mail Online's story:

'A royal spokesman announced that the second in line to the throne had completed his latest stage of his training as a pilot with East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) ‘earlier than expected’ - and would not be required to embark on the final stage until June 1.
 The future king had already announced that he planned to take two weeks’ statutory paternity leave after the birth.'

The Cambridges are all now at Kensington Palace, awaiting the big arrival. There's been quite a bit of activity at the Lindo Wing too, with last minute security checks taking place. Rebecca English reported "officers were out in force, pulling lamp posts apart as they scoured the area for anything troubling".


As you can see excitement is mounting at the Lindo Wing...


Any day now... :)

133 comments:

  1. I have been hearing that Kate is in labor... Obviously we won't know until 8 am but do you think it's possible Charlotte?

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    1. Hello!

      I haven't heard anything but it's certainly possible. We'll know soon :)

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  2. i don't know charlotte what the date prince george or the duchess of cambridge looks george mum carrying you and baby looks you to heavy

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  3. Jennifer from Wisconsin22 April 2015 at 05:11

    George is much bigger and his hair! He might have more than Prince William! Thanks Charlotte for this fun post...

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  4. Thanks for the post. I am checking Twitter several times a day to find out if Kate has been admitted to the hospital. This is almost as hard as waiting for the births of my own children! :-)

    Doesn't George have beautiful, thick hair!! I think he takes after his mother in that area!

    I am glad to hear William will be close by for the birth. That was important for me and I am sure it is for Kate. I am not sure why he can't go back to work sooner. My husband did not help much during his paternaty leave. He researched cars with our first child and worked on landscrping our house with our second child. Maybe William will be more helpful! At least he doesn't have to work on landscaping their homes!

    I am happily surprised to see Kate go out with George with hardly any make-up on her face. Number one I feel liked she is just like me when she does that. Some days I don't feel like getting my hair and face all done up right. Number two I think it shows confidence in herself that she doesn't always have to put her best foot forward looks-wise. I don't think Diana ever did that, even on her way home from the gym she looks like she has some make-up on. (I might need to study those pics better.) Her hair always looked "fixed." What do the rest of you think? If I knew I might end up on a magazine or newspaper cover the next day I would feel pressure to always look picture perfect.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 April 2015 at 10:49

      Him not going back to work might be because his next phase of training is dependent on having the helicopter there and that's why he has to wait until june 1st.

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    2. I think that Kate has alot more confidence than Diana did. For one, she was raised in a loving, secure, and stable family. They invested alot into Kate and it paid off. Second, expectations about dress have changed drastically since Diana's time and rules more relaxed.

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  5. Tedi in California22 April 2015 at 07:00

    That was a surprise, and welcome post, Charlotte. Fun to see them having an outing. Little George certainly has grown, and all that curly blonde hair! Kate looks like she is ready, I am sure she will be happy to welcome her new daughter/son, as will the whole world. See you in a day or a few, Charlotte!

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  6. If the early weeks of her pregnancies challenged her badly, the last weeks seem to be amazingly exceptional. I don't remember any women carrying an average weight of may be 40-50 lbs toddler and walking during their due week. Good luck.

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    1. she looks like SO small, AND
      like she has regular jeans on
      with the bottom third of tummy
      completely flat. When I was 9 months, my whole tummy was
      and abdomen was full no flat bottom part like that. and, no way could
      I have picked up 45-50 pounds
      of toddler. I am 5'9" and weigh
      about 135 pounds. similar build to kate. many people have commented during the pregnancy that she didn't look pregnant and now this. perplexed.

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    2. I think that Kate is a great mother and woman, but I carried my eldest son also the day that my youngest was born. For me was something natural and I don't see nothing extraordinary of what Kate does.
      Federica

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    3. This surprises me as most of my friends and i were able to carry on normal activities including hauling around kids, walking, gentle exercise, chasing after toddlers as well as carrying them until we went into labor. It really just really depends on how you feel. how much water weight you have, how big you are, how you carry, the shape you were in before pregnancy as while as during. The only thing I stopped doing the last month was playing tennis, and even that was just a suggestion by my Dr not a hard and fast rule and I was a higher risk pregnancy due to other heath issues before getting pregnant. Ali

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    4. Unless George is absolutely enormous, I doubt he weights 40 or 50 lbs. He's not even 2, and the average 2 year old weighs 25-30.

      That said, I'm glad that it seems like Kate's pregnancy went easier this time, or at least that they were prepared and staying on top of her HG.

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    5. Anon. 07:50 - it looks to me like the jeans are sitting just under her abdomen over the lower pelvic area - a way many pregnant women wear their jeans today. As far as George's weight is concerned, I don't think he is over 25-3o lbs. What I did notice was the way Kate is holding his leg away from her abdomen, protecting the baby from a possible inadvertent kick from George's foot.

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    6. We also do not know for sure when the NY Daily News photo was taken. At least the link just says taken when Kate took a weekend walk in a London park.Ali

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  7. thanks for the great post charlotte nice to see her as always can't wait for baby number 2 God bless them all!

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  8. He has sooo much hair! At first, I thought he would inherit his father's hair but it looks like he has a full head. What a cutie. I wish Kate a very safe delivery and pray that the baby will be happy and healthy. I'm sure Kate, William, and Baby George are all excited. It's nice to know that Kate is spending quality time with George before she gives birth. Congratulations to the Cambridges!

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  9. Jean from Lancs22 April 2015 at 11:35

    Gorgeous photos---thanks so much Charlotte.
    Glad Prince William is at home now. Seems it had already been arranged for him to have time in the latter part of May for some royals engagements so the next phase of his work was never due to start until June1st, because they have to wait for arrival of the new helicopter.
    Seem the DM is now declaring today or tomorrow as the due date!
    They'll be reporting they have asked the baby next!

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  10. I hate to be picky but since when has the UK had parking lots?

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA23 April 2015 at 16:10

      true--you call them car parks, don't you? I love to examine the nuances of UK speech and US speech! It's fun!

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  11. I think this NYDaily photo is a fake, made by ... Photoshop. The clothes could be literally anything, they are beyond recognition - and so is the little boy's head from behind, Kate's thighs are slimmer and usually she takes care not to wear this type of "used look" jeans. This is somebody with a little boy with Kate's head (?) copy-pasted* on her body. *Maybe not even the head/face is genuine. Sorry - but this was my very first impression when I saw this picture und I don't find anything convincing contradicting it.

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    1. I think you are right about that possibility. I hope so because that would help explain about that
      tummy. I have an e-mail in to snettishire park casually asking them if they took all those photos or a playground mom. wonder if I will get a response. go to the source.
      hope the source complies.

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    2. Kate's ring is visible in the picture.

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    3. Caroline in Montana23 April 2015 at 15:49

      I actually had this same thought, that does not seem like PG, Its the boys hair that is making me think that. and now that you mentioned kates legs, i looked again and they look really stocky, not like kate at all. the ring could be anything, yes its big but it could be anything. interesting.

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    4. I do not see a ring? Was there another photo than the one above? Thanks.Ali

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    5. Lynn Georgia USA24 April 2015 at 14:38

      I can't see a ring either, Ali. The photoshop theory is interesting. I went back and examined the pictures in detail. I just don't know.

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  12. Great Post!! I love George's blond hair! I can't wait for the new baby! Fingers crossed its a girl!!

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  13. Sarah from Calif.22 April 2015 at 14:08

    :))) baby soon! Hope he is born on the 25th !
    love George's jacket, very sporty

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  14. rose from Brooklyn22 April 2015 at 14:33

    Hello Charlotte. Thx for this fun post. How can I find out from where George jacket is from?? I have 2 little boys and I would love to get it for them. I loove it!!!!! I am always amazed how u pinpoint the company of the duchess clothing. For the fun of it I always try to figure out the company of her clothes before I read from ur blog what it is, I was ALWAYS wrong!!!!!!

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  15. George is probably pushing 30 pounds. 40 and 50 pounds isn't until they are a few years older. My son is 18 months and a big boy (88% percentile for height and 81% for weight) I am pregnant with our second child and they will also be 21 months apart. People forget we carry around our children all the time so the weight doesn't seem as heavy to us! If anything she'll be out of breath by the time she gets him in his car seat. I'd be more worried about my water breaking from using my abdomen muscles to lift!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. A kindergartener might weigh 40 ot 50, but a not quite 2 year old probably weighs 25-30.
      Honestly, sometimes it's easier to just carry a toddler than it is to lean over and hold their hand and drag them to the car, even if you are pregnant.
      Glad Kate's looking well! Getting antsy waiting for the birth announcement.

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    2. I tend to agree with all of you who commented 40-50 lbs. weight for George's size is high. You all refreshed my memory that the typical bag of mulch / fertilizer garden soil in US is 50 lbs which in no way I can lift. Still, George most likely weighs over 30 lbs. A boy toddler can be active, kicking etc. Well, Kate knows what she can handle. She is one woman who I follow partly because she inspires me of how she keeps up with her body and her interest in athletics ( even more, Pippa seems to excel at that).

      Due date prediction and entertaining the idea, that this baby will be born on April 28 and they will be on the steps of the hospital with the baby on their anniversary day, the 29th ( or destiny over laps the birth on the 29th).

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  16. anon from Leominster22 April 2015 at 15:31

    Even if she has put on relatively little weight, Kate doesn't have that usual "last days" look to her and it's also odd she would take George out like that if she believed she might suddenly go into labour and have to rush off. I'm thinking she expects she has at least a few more days left.

    As much as I would welcome these last weeks of April, with such interesting dates (having missed the queen's birthday,, there is still St. George's Day and the royal anniversary) I am wondering about the first week of May. The election might make them hesitate to officially announce that, it would lead to all sorts of silly political speculation. Better to just say the baby is late. The parking bans are easily extended.

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    1. I've thought exactly the same. The photo does not look genuine or else the due date reported is way off.
      I've now seen two stories in DM and People. Com writing that Kate is "in hospital". DM saying that while William was attending the Anzac commemoration, Kate was there waiting for birth of their child. Guess she's moved in?

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    2. The People article I found is dated 2013. The Daily Mail article is dated April 27, 2015 at 7 pm. (It is now only 1:48 am!) But this announcement is also obviously from 2013. Please, the link to what you saw, Greybird!

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    3. The only such announcements I can find are from 2013. Is there a link to a current announcement?

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  17. Marci in Salt Lake City22 April 2015 at 16:39

    It is certainly obvious what a physically fit and strong woman Kate is--wearing sky-high heels so late in her pregnancy and carrying George this week! Maybe the latter is a ploy to bring on labor . . . May that baby come soon and safely!

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  18. Kate does seem to be in amazing condition for a ninth months pregnant lady. She always is. I love Prince George's wavy blond hair, and I hope they stop plastering it to his head for his official photos.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for the link to the OK publication of the Snettisham pictures. I finally got to see the hug! And George feeding a small animal with kids all around him is very sweet. It seems to me that in the first picture Kate and the protection officer might be discussing the photographer. These pictures, as printed in OK, are much more clear than the versions I have seen before. I now wonder about the paparazzi who has been mentioned earlier.

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    1. babies and placentas take up room and especially for an eight pound baby, regardless of how much of a health enthusiast the mother is.
      and about how a person carries,
      there are only a few very simple
      ways they can carry and a flat pelvic
      cradle is never part of those equations.

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    2. I can't find the link to see him hugging the little girl... can you share on this thread?

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    3. Click on the words 'OK! website,' in purple, at the end of Charlotte's comment about the republication of the Snettisham pictures.

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    4. To: Anonymous22 April 2015 at 18:57

      http://okmagazine.com/photos/pregnant-kate-middleton-prince-george-playground-photos/photo/1001239548/

      You may copy and paste the above into your address bar, or use the link Charlotte provided half way through this page's blog / Ok magazine.

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  19. Melanie from California22 April 2015 at 17:21

    That man in the last photograph Charlotte posted is Terry Hutt. Here's a sweet article about him, and why he may be rooting for the Royal Baby to be born on April 30th :)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-32379151

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  20. Maggie - Minneapolis22 April 2015 at 21:10

    Anyone else find it interesting that the Kate and George pictures from Norfolk and then again from Bucklebury aren't the main cover story for either magazine? I kinda get it for the Bucklebury Farm pictures - there don't seem to be many pictures and they are poor quality, and it's an American magazine. But I found it interesting that for those Norfolk pictures, they were mentioned on the cover, but Prince Harry was the main cover story, despite it being an Australian magazine and the magazine having a lot of excellent pictures of Kate and George. I feel like if this was two years ago (and George had been alive lol), these would have been the main cover story. But maybe not. Just something I noticed!

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    1. Harry was in the country at the time so obligatory to have a lead story about him. Double whammy young and glamorous British royals on the cover very good for sales. Nothing complicated there, I think.

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    2. But Prince Harry is in Australia, so the focus is naturally on him.

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    3. I agree with Anon 9:03 and 15:44. And Kate being on the cover of a New York City newspaper isn't exactly a "Kate who?" moment. :))

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  21. Kate looks terrific! Maybe this was George's last weekend to have mommy all to himself... :)))

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  22. As males inherit their hair gene from their mother, one only has to look at Michael Middleton and George has lots of hope of keeping a full head of hair for years to come

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    1. Really? How can that be that will lost his hair then? Nobody like that on Diana's side

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    2. Diana's dad was bald with a comb over.

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    3. anon from Leominster26 April 2015 at 17:01

      Anyone looked at Carole's brother Gary recently? Think hairwise George could go any way. Personally, I think bald men can be rather sexy if they embrace it with pride.

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    4. Prince Phillip, Charles and William all have the same hair line. Harry even at time looks like he is getting the same bald are in the back.

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  23. I just saw the other pictures, and the one of Kate kissing George is so sweet. I think George will have the best childhood of any royal heir. Kate is a mommy who puts her children first even Diana wasnt always able to do that.

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  24. Well I personally think that the actual due date of Kate is 1th of May. Because when you consider that her 12 weeks appointmoint was on the day we got the photos and that she was still in Buckleberry last week...? Or she is really really relaxed this time as the is carrying around George like that a week before giving birth... What do you think? I'm also quite sure that we can't rely on the 15th to 30th of April street sign before the Hospital, because it's quite easy to put on a new one on the 1st ;) Or what do you think???

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    1. Well, they can change the dates, but the appearance of the parking signs only added to the intensity of the waiting game so I'm not sure they would have put them up earlier than what is reasonable. My guess would be that her due date is closer to the middle of the time frame.

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    2. All I remember is that George arrived late so this baby might well too! Kate said she was due mid to end of April, so early May isn't out of the question. I too have a feeling that history might be repeated. As others have commented here, some doctors let the delivery go to 2 weeks after the due date, depending on how Kate is feeling, so it's possible... I'm very excited like everyone else and checking twitter all the time!

      Fiona in Australia

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  25. Hello Charlotte,
    Don't know if you heard, but the clothing line between Alice Temperley and the Kardashian family is not true.
    Temperley confirmed it was a rumor and said that it was untrue.

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    1. Will and Kate make beautiful children, therefore at this point I am just hoping for another one as cute and adorable as George. Like every one here, I am anxious for the time to come --I can't imagine what the Duchess is feeling, so it perhaps a great distraction to have George to fuss over and play with to pass the time.

      Praying God's Blessing on them and all those associated with the delivery.

      Blessings on you Charlotte for your hard work bring us tidbits, updates and breaking news to royal watchers near and far.

      Love the idea of the live blog!

      Anon_LA

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  26. Well, Lisa, I have a son with lots of hair loss, and my family have full heads of hair!

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  27. Very sweet photo of her kissing him! So nice to see an affectionate photo like that.
    George has such thick blonde hair, lucky kid!

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  28. Can't wait for this weekend and your live blog!!Im hoping its a little girl!!!!xoxo

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  29. Hello,
    Any possibility for the Girl born in May? Because the "special event" at Lindo's is until 30 april.

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  30. Lynn Georgia USA24 April 2015 at 22:42

    I hope it's a girl, too, but I keep getting boy vibes. The little saddle shoes that Kate bought plus the report--if true!--that she purchased blue and white checked coat hangers earlier this week point to a boy. We'll all be thrilled--boy or girl!!! Just come on, Baby!!!

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  31. Popsugar has more pictures from the farm trip. They are just too cute.

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  32. I'm starting to think her due date is in May. She was seen shipping earlier this week.... In heels! If she was due anytime this week I think she would in the comfort of her own home, instead of shopping. I am so ready for this baby to come, but I'm just wondering why she even said "mid/late" April.. Maybe to throw the media off?

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    1. When my mom had her first baby she worked up to her due date and wore thin spiked heal shoes.

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  33. I think it´s a boy... :) Waiting for the news to come.

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  34. Tomorow morning UK time, i have a feeling that she will arrived in the Lindo's . Also the Baby Girl, will born in 26 april, 27 or 28 april. But maybe special on 26 april. Keep a close look on that. The names can be Mary Elizabeth, Victoria Elizabeth or Matilda Elizabeth . Please don't forget this post!

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  35. I have a question if anyone knows.... If Kate were to be admitted to the hospital during the evening hours would it be announced that she had been admitted or would any announcement wait until after 8am London time. I know that if the baby is born after 10 pm the announcement will not come out until the following morning but I wondered about the issue of when she is admitted since that is when the media will be allowed to set up in anticipation. Thanks and happy waiting everyone!

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  36. Hi there! Does anyone know what will happen if Kate is admitted to the hospital during the evening/overnight hours? Will there be an announcement that she has been admitted or will the announcement come in the morning after 8am? I know that is the protocol if the baby is born after 10pm but I wondered how it will be handled if she is admitted in the evening. Thanks and happy baby waiting!

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    1. Hello Alexandra,

      We've been told the Palace will not make any formal announcement between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., however as others have pointed out, I cannot see Kate not being spotted arriving, there's photographers and news crews in the vicinity at all times now.

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  37. As Prince William is mentioned in the headline . . . .

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/572704/Prince-William-Duke-of-Cambridge-RAF-work-record-Kate-Middleton

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    1. Poor Richard took a bit of stick for that. Here was his reply via Twitter :)

      "Ahem..I'd just like to say that a reporter's job is partly to uphold the powerful to account, not to be a cheerleader. *dons hard hat*

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    2. LOL Charlotte. I thought he had a valid point or two to make. :)

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    3. bluehare,

      That is an interesting link. There could be exaggeration in interpretation from both The Republican side and The palace spokes people in order each side to justify its claim. For British citizens it can be a burning issue. For others, it varies from a matter of politics, principle, justice etc. In general, William and Kate have more entertaining value in terms of arts, literature, society etc more than other priorities.

      Still, it also shows some link is missing which could communicate the best of W&K effort, intention, accomplishment and even better, their own link in their own words to society. William has some cause or another, honestly he is sort of a boring orator. May be if he has his own column he might write. Well there is no perfection in Constitutional Monarchy which could have restriction in their genuine interest as free human beings ( privilege is a different kind of freedom). I have felt that the experience of suddenly the world taken under your feet ( that is how it feels when you lose a parent suddenly at age 15), your perspective, attitude and priorities about life also changes ( one of the things experienced is this emptiness and a longing for one's own nuclear family. It is fantastic William is able to attain that) . I think he takes matters in stride with out over pushing himself.

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    4. I have read it too. Interesting piece for sure. People are really fond of this couple because they are young and royal and making babies who are super cute but I wonder when their kids grow up, what cute factor remains to like this couple.

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    5. anon from Leominster26 April 2015 at 17:20

      Richard is a respected royal reporter. Sadly, this is a subject out there despite other blogs trying to live in a fairy glitter world. There is still tremendous good will for the royal family and most people really want to believe in William and Kate especially, but republicanism is much more open than it used to be and changing demographics is giving it a boost.

      William and Kate should be using the great good will they have right now to build their reputation as the future of the royal family, not relying on that support always being there. I don't know who is responsible for this not happening but whoever it is, mistakes are being made.

      I had said this before but when I was young, Andrew was one of the most popular royals - we saw him as part of the future - a face of modern monarchy - now he's the bottom of the pile. Even before the recent scandals, his reputation has suffered badly. The worst reputation a royal can get is one of being work shy or taking too many perks for not enough public work.

      William is a prince - that is his job. A quiet family life is wonderful but the most important thing he should be thinking of is giving George a future as a king with the monarchy as a strong, well-supported institution.

      Anyone who assumes the monarchy itself will make the wisest decisons in this regard didn't live through the Diana years. Losing touch with how the public feels is a huge mistake and even people who really care about William and Kate are talking about things like this long leave he's taking.

      People mistake comments like this for not liking William and Kate - it is far more about liking them enough to wish for a strong future for them and the monarchy and being concerned when royal followers are starting to raise these issues. Pretending issues don't exist is not a benefit to William and Kate or to the monarchy. I'm not likely to live to see George on the throne - possibly not even William, but I want to feel secure it will happen.

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    6. Well all you have to do is look at the source of his article to see that it is republican based.Statistics can be screwed any way they want. It would have been nice if he would have used 2014 - 2015 stats as well.

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    7. Palmer certainly did not spare the rod on William. William seems like a lot of other wealthy young men, enjoying himself and doing just as he likes. I think he will avoid royal duties for as long as possible, until Charles is king, I'd guess.

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    8. Just what are the expectations for the heir to the heir? Is there really that much "royal" work to do? Would have appreciated the article more if they had some suggestions on how William could do work - work that was not the jurisdiction of his Grandmother and Father. I also think, if the reporter looked at the schedules of the Queen and Prince Charles - he would discover they aren't doing a whole lot more then William. I'm all for critiquing William - especially if he reveals how much Charles and Elizabeth do in comparison. Charles' former communication staffer Mark Bolland commented "the royals are good at working part time - five months out of the year - and making it look like they are doing more than that."

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    9. William has expressed a serious dedication to his chosen occupation as an ambulance pilot, saying that rescue work is deeply rewarding. The Queen, who fixed trucks (mended lorries) for the British Army during World War II, at the same time she was studying constitutional law, knows the value of useful work in society. William will be a better king for having been an ambulance pilot, as she is a better Queen for having been a mechanic. Opening buildings and holding investitures is no doubt interesting, and a degree in geography will be an excellent intellectual underpinning background when he assumes his constitutional role, but William has also chosen a practical mission that should be respected. I am surprised by the neglect of his serious work, as I was by the refusal to recognize Kate's contribution to her family's business when she worked there. Each of them has been forced to compromise their personal goals, but they have each found a way to contribute their talents to their fellow human beings. And their personal mission to be good and loving parents while juggling the necessities of work and royal duties is a hallmark of their generation. More power to them and to their age mates who manage to handle their own versions of the complex needs of their thirties.

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    10. My problem with that article is Republic made their own calculation to fit their agenda. William undertook 143 engagements last year, which is much more than Harry or Kate. They bunched up the numbers and say it's 47 days and of course it will look bad. If that's the case, apply the same calculation to all royals before even making a comparison. It did not take into account his studies which he did a lot of. But of course, Republic will also find fault in other royals. That is what they are there for. They go after who is in the news. Recently it was Charles and Beatrice. Who is next? George?

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    11. Did you read the article, Anonymous? Especially the part where he quit the RAF without putting in the time that everyone else has to put in -- thereby leaving the RAF with £400,000 in unrecouped training cost? That job is not drastically different than what he will be doing, and he only stuck that out for three years.

      Moxie, I think the expectations are greater for the heir to the heir than they are for people 12th heir to the heir and below, yet a lot of them get out and do what they call work. Anne and Sophie in particular. I agree that none of them work 40 hour weeks; but they should put in some time in for the people of the country they represent.

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    12. The Queen works hard every day, as she has said. Don't forget the red boxes! And I believe Prince Charles also reads everything that the Queen reads and signs.

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    13. anon from Leominster27 April 2015 at 18:11

      There is a huge body of royal work William could be doing without interfering with his father or the queen. No, the royals don't work as full a schedule as most of us but they do work and that work has to do with bringing attention to charities and events in Britain - major events and charities and, even more importantly, minor ones who might go unnoticed by the public but for whom a simple royal visit can bring attention and finanical support. A visit is also hugley cheering to those in need and those who work to help others. A truly dedicated royal will show that it is more than cutting ribbons and planting trees. To suggest otherwise is insulting to the royals who do work quietly and steadily.

      Their ability to encourage volunteerism, bring attention to areas needing attention and giving people hope and support is enormous -- if this isn't their purpose, there is absolutely no point in having a royal family. They aren't meant to be pretty people just showing up occasionally. Today, many charities and events are turning away from the royal family because there is no new generation ready to take on this sort of work and are looking to celebrities instead.

      Several of the royal princesses have made a substantial role for themselves, Mary on her trips to Cambodia and Mette-Marit with her public speaking on various causes. All these ladies have thrown themselves into their work. I want to have the best hopes for William and Kate but there is no telling how soon this couple might have to become full time royals and they certainly aren't ready. Kate's public speaking has improved a bit but she still expresses little of the passion we hope she feels. There has recently been some effort to show William learning from the queen but for a couple expected to be figureheads of a nation, it is still difficult to imagine what kind of monarchs they will be when youth is gone. William initially showed great caring for the homeless and dispossessed but like so many things he has dabbled in, he never seems to show full committment.

      In the meantime, he and Kate remain style icons and not a whole lot more, and many people seem to be losing touch at what a royal family is for, forgetting, Charles' work with the Prince's Trust (I don't like Charles personally but will say I think he is dedicated to his job and a hard worker) Anne's work with Save the Children and Philip's award's schemes. These are far different than the token charitable trusts of the rich. There is a real royal role out there, William and Kate are just not settling a good example of what it can be.

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    14. Leo, I agree with your statement:

      "Anyone who assumes the monarchy itself will make the wisest decisions in this regard didn't live through the Diana years. Losing touch with how the public feels is a huge mistake....."

      In my humble opinion, the Firm is dealing with the "Diana years" to this day, and Camilla is the primary reason for it. Had Charles not married her and instead focused more on his sons' royal roles, it would have gone a lot further (in damage control) than the ongoing PR campaign to prepare the public for Camilla becoming queen. Charles cannot afford to have William and Kate's star power out there and it's sad to see William beaten up for decisions that surely must come from the top. And the other busy royals mentioned here don't have a pinky finger's worth of W&K's star power; they do NOT pose the same threat. Apples and oranges. If we were talking about a law firm, William would be the junior partner compared to his father and the Queen. Would folks assume he was in charge in that scenario? I doubt it.

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    15. Leo, I am a bit perplexed by your emphasis on charity, to the exclusion of even mentioning the duties of the head of state. Worthy causes are well and good, and the crown princesses you mention, as well as Princess Anne and Prince Edward, do give them considerable time and effort. But for those on and in the immediate line to the throne, there are other responsibilities. Why not acknowledge that the Queen and Prince Charles, and probably in several years William, spend a great deal of time on official duties?

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    16. Leo, Kate is not in the same position as Mary and Mette-Marit ;their husband's are next in line. This comparison skips one generation: Charles.

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    17. bluehare, I have read the article and the republican movement is what is being quoted. They and you quote that " he quit the RAF without putting in the time that everyone else has to put in -- thereby leaving the RAF with £400,000 in unrecouped training cost", however, all conveniently fail to mention that portion of the service was to be privatized and William would no longer have a job AND that his enlistment time was finished. Also at that time both the Queen and Prince Phillip were having medical problems and it looked like William was needed. They have recovered at this point and so things have now changed. This also fails to give William credit for not only carrying out the RAF duties, but also his royal duties and his charity roles. Since he will be using the skills obtained in his RAF training in his air ambulance job it is not exactly wasted money. Again, they have taken an occurrence and twisted it to suit there agenda.

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    18. anon from Leominster28 April 2015 at 05:55

      Anonymous (if you read this) I didn't mention diplomatic duties because I was referring only to work William could take on without stepping on the toes of either Charles or the queen. There has been some recent photos of William assisting the queen in a diplomatic capacity - possibly to reassure a nervous public. I've long thought these duties of the queen should draw more public attention. It would help for instance for photos of the yearly diplomatic reception to be released (whether Kate is present or not.) I'm not going to pretend to be up on protocal requirements but it seems to me the public today is very vague and uninformed about what the queen and her family really does.

      I'm not too impressed with the third in line argument, Royalfan since plenty of family members much lower down have worked now and over the years. Is Charles to blame? I certainly wouldn't rule that out. He seems to have launched a major mostly unsuccessful campagn to draw attention to Camilla. I completely agree all his attention seems to be on her and I do think he lost crucial time drawing William in when he was growing up. But Charles did seem to be trying to get William more involved before the helicopter announcement, so I'm not prepared to put all the responsibility on him.

      As for William and Kate having to sacrifice their dreams and goals - What!!! William has had lots of opportunity to fly. It isn't clear he would have had any opportunity if he hadn't been royal. And he continues to be able to - putting the monarchy at risk as he does (imagine the headlines if someone's family member dies on his watch.)

      As for Kate, no one really knows how hard she worked or didn't work for her family - we will never know but we do know she had lots of spare time. As for having a passion for that work which she sacrificed, I can't believe that. I have no idea what passion she had in life other than marrying William. I've always felt after she achieved that goal there has been a certain "now what." There are plenty of things she could have done has she wanted to. I don't feel either William or Kate has had to make many sacrifices.

      I completely agree with you Royalfan about all this due date talk. We don't know when Kate was really due - it's all speculation and all the details are getting a bit tacky. The baby will come when he/she comes. I'm quite happy to get excited when it does but I'm not fretting about dates.

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    19. Leo, I'm not denying the work done by other members of the BRF. I'm talking about the star power generated by W&K. And that is significant if you consider the Camilla factor. As hardworking as Anne is, for example, she does not pose the same threat. It may seem unkind to say, but I doubt paparazzi photos of her would be in high demand.

      We do agree on tacky.... :))

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    20. Bunny B, that is true about the privatization; however, the RAF itself isn't privatized and he could have gone to another assignment and used his training there. There was lots of speculation about it being in Scotland at the time. But he didn't. He quit, and now is working for a private organization.

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    21. Yes, Leo, I'm still reading here, since I know the baby will come when it comes and, although the Wait is fascinating, there is no reason to panic! In reply, William was not allowed to go into combat and Kate found it impossible to work in London. They each had to make second choices.

      I think, bluhare, that William felt pressured to leave the military, but as Bunny said, the need for him to take a major royal role has eased. I also think he found that his post-military life was utterly boring, and as he said in Australia, he desperately needed to get back to flying.

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  38. Sarah from Calif.26 April 2015 at 03:10

    Charlotte, while your waiting, I sent you a little FB message:)

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  39. Sarah from Calif.26 April 2015 at 03:11

    Oh Lord please a boy for George! A Band of Brothers like Will and Harry and my boys :)

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  40. well i think its not due date maybe or actually due date is think april 29 on their wedding day meanwhile prince william join the queen at service
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3055047/Prince-Charles-leads-emotional-dawn-ceremony-mark-100th-anniversary-disastrous-Gallipoli-landings.html
    meanwhile aunt pippa middleton shopped eco nappies

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3055681/Pippa-Middleton-s-gift-pampered-royal-baby-Eco-nappies-flown-Switzerland-cost-4-each.html

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  41. Please bear with me, I'm trying to post here but my posts aren't showing up. Thanks

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      Thank you so much for posting and welcome to the blog :)

      When comments go through, they are not posted until they are moderated and it can take a few hours depending on the time :)

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  42. Good morning everyone!

    Could today be the day? :)

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    1. Let´s hope so. :) I´m very excited to hear the news.

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    2. I am very irritated that Katie Nichole and her co-writer / thedailymail.com commented yesterday, "It is possible the baby could be induced tomorrow" /meaning today the 26 ( generally she seems to have had insider information all things W&K in the past, but this was a bit too much). If an expectant mother to be puts her due date between mid to late April, it means through the 30th at least.

      Ingrid of Majesty Magazine at least reasoned in a different way with respect to the due date. She wrote it will not be an Election day birth/May 7 since the baby will be over due by over a week and would have been induced by May 3.

      Could it be today? I am still sticking with 28/29. I hope Kate will not get the baby induced. If that has to be the case, may be only ten days after the due date. Some women have very thick water bag that does not break and that could be another reason for over due babies among other possibilities. Regardless, I hope she delivers a healthy baby within her own and nature's time safely, late or not, and should not be pressured.

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    3. Good morning! Hope so really! I'm looking for new info all the time

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    4. Sarah from Calif.26 April 2015 at 17:14

      Charlotte, I think not today, perhaps next weekend. My third baby waited 2 weeks until after due date :) I love the the mystery of it all! Have a lovely Sunday!
      P.S. and yes I want a brother for George, I'm in the minority here but that's okay :)

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    5. Ooooh can't wait! Nothing's happening, though. Do you think the due date 25th was wrong? It seemed very likely - those parking notices said 15 April - 30 April. Do you have any news, Charlotte? :-)

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  43. What about that article from the Telegraph
    about the hospital being closed?
    Have you heard anything about that
    Charlotte?

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    1. It's only the vascular ward - not the Lindo Wing at this time. The hospital is a very big place. I am sure they are taking all precautions.

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    2. Hi there... I think I read last night that the closed ward is across the street and on the eighth floor and no risk to the Lindo wing. Apparently a different unit of St. Mary's hospital. Maybe I can find the source but I'm sure Charlotte would be a better source

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    3. The hospital is not closed. Just the vascular surgical unit is.

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  44. Just letting you know Australia's womans day magazine is promoting new pictures of Prince George in this weeks issue wearing bright yellow oversized sunglasses

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    1. Sarah from Calif.26 April 2015 at 21:01

      Saw the pictures, the glasses are pretty darn cute on George :)

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    2. So cute! I love those golden waves. And I recently knitted a similar sweater for my grandson.

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    3. I just saw those photos with Nanny Maria and he is getting more adorable by the day!!!

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  45. I don't think the baby will make an appearance until the end of next week. I keep thinking May 1st. Hope I am wrong, though. We'll see.

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    1. She might have a total of 8-9 days including today. It seems any over due date concern could be after May 4th. I hope the climate will favor the dedicated followers who had been sleeping out side the hospital. It is a mercy for the media that they do not have to camp out side the hospital until she is admitted. In such a competitive business, they would have submitted to their companies orders and be there several like last time. The idea of "The Great Kate Wait" was vengefully justified to see the same especially British media who called her Waity Katy are made to weight on her gloriously gifted/blessed days.

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    2. I think you could well be right. Once late, late again, in my experience!

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  46. Tammy from California26 April 2015 at 16:35

    Well, Charlotte, it's funny you wrote that. I am sitting here on Sunday morning (in the US) and I just thought "Hmmmnnnn could that lil muffin come today?"

    If it happens, You and I get credit for being the first to say it ;)

    XOXO and happy Sunday to you my sweet UK friend.

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  47. I keep checking my phone to see if there is any news. Hehe. So excited! It is silly to my husband but I dont care.

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  48. Ok some clarity on due dates. The latest article on themailonline.com puts her official over due date, May 1. This is more than Kate's affair as much as understanding what is considered universally correct. If a woman's due date is between April 15 and 30, it puts the average at around April 23/24 ( official due date). Some cultures add five days for a boy, ten days for a girl. Well in this case if same principle applies, April 28 for a boy and May 3 for a girl. Although I still think all the signs said a girl from her early pregnancy. Should I go on? The bottom line, it will be between W&K and her Doctors' advice. Very over due babies and mothers are closely monitored by their doctors and the team will technically determine the date of the birth. Oh wouldn't it be nice the baby arrives at its own planetary moment/date. Best wishes

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    1. I think the baby should arrive when it's ready, but I know that parking restrictions are only in place until end of April. They can be extended, but William and Kate might be considerate to all the press and to the hospital who made arrangements, so I think the baby will be induced if he or she does not arrive by then.

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    2. The Mail has been all over the place with due dates lol. Kate said mid to end April I'm going with her.

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    3. Caroline in Montana27 April 2015 at 17:35

      to Anonymous 27 April 2015 at 11:06 - you really think that "William and Kate might be considerate to all the press and to the hospital who made arrangements" and that she should be induced because of parking restrictions?? they can extend that. and the press is not out there waiting yet. I think babies come when they want and should not be forced because of the press or parking. I hope they do not induce her and the baby comes naturally.

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    4. To:Anonymous27 April 2015 at 11:06
      Is there some comedy in your comment? The baby does not have an appointment of arrival time with any one. Just because the already breathing world is impatient and inconvenient, she/he does not have to start life with some unreasonable rush. Well, why do you think I keep coming back here? I am unreasonably impatient as well. But this baby is nice and worm in its home of last nine months and "thinking", oh let them wait while I am happy, cuddly and well fed here.

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    5. I think the media speculation (or suggestions) about her being induced are more intrusive than any of the recent photos of Kate and George.

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  49. I love this site. I love all things British. I love the royal family and hearing about them. I cannot wait for the new baby to arrive. Hope it's a girl.

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  50. I just saw the new pictures of Prince George with his Nanny and they are beyond cute. He is wearing these big green/yellow sunglasses and they have some great close ups of him,

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  51. hi charlotte my guess is april 28 the labour and 29 they leave hospital meanwhile the prince george out in london aricle here

    http://www.womansday.com.au/royals/british-royal-family/prince-george-reports-for-big-brother-duty-12294

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  52. Anja from Germany27 April 2015 at 10:02

    No news yet? :o(

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  53. Hello everyone!

    I'm just in and there is absolutely no news at the moment. A few royal reporters were having a look at the Lindo Wing today, checking their positions etc and it's all very quiet.

    We'll have a post later this evening as the #GreatKateWait2 continues :)

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  54. Sarah from Calif.28 April 2015 at 00:54

    Well as far as the inducing labour I say no. My 3rd was 2 weeks late. He was a little over baked at 9lbs. 5oz. But as healthy and hearty as could be! IMHO

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