Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Today's Royal Baby Watch: False Alarms, Pastries & Kate Photographed Driving!

Hello again, royal watchers!

Well, it's certainly been quite a day for royal watchers! I thought I'd write a brief post updating you on the events (and the non-event) of the day. The Duchess was photographed as seen below, we'll tell you all about that a little later in the post.

Daily Mirror

It all kicked off just before 7 am this morning when sightings of royal protection officers were reported. RPO's had carried out several checks in recent days and the Duchess is now said to be "several days overdue".

Sky's Paul Harrison Twitter Feed

I can tell you there was quite a bit of excitement on social media (myself included).



Alas, 8 am came and went and there was no official confirmation. It was the first of several false alarms throughout the day. A little later in the morning reports of an ambulance at Kensington Palace came through, but thankfully they were false, as that wouldn't be indicative of the normal process - all going well. As a tweet from The Royal Record above stated, the atmosphere has been very intense today, and everyone is expecting it to happen at any moment.


There has been a significantly increased presence at the Lindo Wing, including media and police with sniffer dogs today. 

James Whatling Twitter Feed

William and Kate didn't fail to notice the number of royal fans who have been waiting for days - even weeks - to see the couple leave the hospital with their second child. Fans at the Lindo Wing were delighted when Kensington Palace staff delivered two boxes of croissants and Danish pastries wrapped in pink ribbons and coffees from a local coffee shop. 


They knocked on the tent and said,  "We have a present from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge". Royal fan Kathy Martin took delivery of one of the boxes.


The Palace confirmed William and Kate wanted them to know they saw news reports about people camping out and "were thinking of them". I thought it a very considerate gesture and a lovely surprise for those waiting. You can watch a short video here.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

Indeed, members of the media have been feeling quite anxious today and made a number of enquiries to the Palace. Rather than answering them all individually press officers, including Nick Loughran, went down to the Lindo Wing to "relax the media and have an informal chat". Although they insisted there was no news, this was seen as another hint the big moment was about to come...

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

This snippet of information was reassuring for royals fans. More from Dash Royal:


Dash Royal Twitter Feed

And just when we thought we couldn't be surprised, photos of Kate driving away from Buckingham Palace after taking George swimming in the Queen's pool emerged. To view the photos in their entirety please visit the Mail Online's article.

Mail Online Facebook Page

More from the article:

'As revealed by the Mail last year, Kate is a frequent visitor to Buckingham Palace’s covered pool, used by members of the Royal family and staff, where she is teaching George, aged 21 months, to swim.
 Dressed in casual clothes and with her long hair down, the Duchess appeared distinctly unconcerned by the fact that she is now several days overdue, manoeuvring her car carefully past a ten-deep crowd waiting at the gates of the Queen’s official residence for the daily changing of the guard.'

Royal fans cheered as they saw the Range Rover going through. Kate parked her vehicle around the side of the Palace and stayed for about ninety minutes. The Duchess is obviously feeling very relaxed and in good spirits as she goes about her routine as normally as possible before the baby's arrival. It was a very surprising sighting and I have to say I didn't expect to see photos of Kate driving at this stage. There are theories claiming swimming can help induce labour too, and is being considered as another reason for the trip. It's great to see Kate looking so well and calm!

Tomorrow is a very special day on the calendar for the Cambridges. We wish William and Kate a very happy fourth wedding anniversary! Can you all recall the excitement this time four years ago?


Perhaps the 29th will be an even more important date for the family if baby arrives :)

Finally, we'd like to congratulate Deirdre, the winner of a signed copy of The Royal We. Deirdre mentioned Cinderella is her favourite fairytale. Send me an email and I'll coordinate delivery immediately :)

120 comments:

  1. Debby from Paris28 April 2015 at 20:02

    What a wonderful article, as always :)
    Great to see Kate feels so comfortable, as long as she and the baby is doing ok, I think she shouldn't be induced, but obviously, this is just my humble opinion, and I'm definitely not a doctor ;)
    I love the picture of the wedding you post, but it made me think about a question I have for a very long time, and never really got an answer: As we all know, Kate&William had two pageboys and four bridesmaids. But, in this picture you can see only the two pageboys and the two older bridesmaids. The two younger bridesmaids aren't here, but they did came out of the church with everyone else and ride to Buckingham Palace in the carriages. My question is, WHERE HAD THEY BEEN???? I mean, did they just sneak by a side corridor or something like that?? And if so, why??
    And also, Charlotte, can you please post those new pictures of Prince George with sunglasses, or share a link?? That would be awsome!!! Thanks for all your work and updates :)

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    1. Hello Debby!

      I think the full photos are here https://twitter.com/PrinceGeorgePal/status/592489040454230016

      My understanding is they were on Woman's Day magazines website and were later removed. I'm not sure why, or if they have been added again.

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    2. My memory is that the two little bridesmaids were cared for somewhere in the inner recesses of the Abbey during the ceremony, and then rejoined the wedding party outside afterward. Perhaps William remembered his own misbehavior at the York wedding!

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    3. The younger bridesmaids re-join the wedding party just after 2:08:00. One was standing to the right of the entrance to the Abbey and the other was on the left.

      The Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=schQZY3QjCw

      By the way, unlike previous coverage I had seen, in this video you can see William and Harry stop to talk to members of the Spencer family before they disappeared from view and waited for Kate's arrival at the Abbey.

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  2. Jennifer from Wisconsin28 April 2015 at 20:06

    Good to see Kate and William get some good press for being so thoughtful.

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  3. That was a very sweet gesture on W& K's part to hand out pastries and coffee!!!Any day now!xoxo

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden28 April 2015 at 23:55

      I agree. Very sweet of them :)

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    2. It was a lovely touch. I agree.

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    3. I know there's always discussion about are Will & Kate "Just like Us?" Or Not because They are "Royal!" Well I don't care how you slice it.... I think that gesture said it all! They are 2 Very Kind People & I hope if We all had all their Pomp & Perks, that we all would be so kind. How many times do we all have nice ideas or good intentions but we don't act on them? It was a Small Gesture but it Said a lot! Wishing them all the best for their Anniversary & Best Wishes for an uneventful Birth & a Delightfully Healthy Baby:)
      Cheers,
      Becca

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  4. Yes indeed Jennifer, well done they! Charlotte, thank you so much as always for your lively informative postings, and no sense to having written when nothing was to write! Please prepare for your "running (read exhausting) blog" on the day so as not to be too tired!

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    1. Thank you Pandora! Today was a bit more lively than expected.

      The Live Blog is ready to go when the time comes :)

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  5. To whom did Kensington Palace confirm that the pastries were actually from William and Kate? Seems much more likely that someone sent them in the Duke and Duchess's name, having a bit of fun and creating a little news flurry.

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    1. Hello!

      Several reporters contacted the Palace and they confirmed it. The info on the story comes directly from KP.

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  6. Everyone else is madly twittering, and Kate calmly goes swimming. I love it! Very sweet to send sweet pastries to the fans, too.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden28 April 2015 at 23:56

      Haha, so great. She seems like such a calm and composed woman in everything she does. Without being dull or non-enthusiastic :)

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  7. I am nervous and excited. Will and Kate seem to be taking it in strides, which is a very good thing. Praying for a safe delivery for mother and child. Prayers also for wisdom for all those involved.

    Charlotte: You don't know how much I appreciate all you do. I wish there was a way to show my appreciation besides saying "thank you" and offer prayers for your health and well beings. Blessings on you.

    Anon LA

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    1. Thank you so very much. I'm enormously grateful so many of you take the time to read and comment.

      I hope you can all pop in for the Live Blog :)

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    2. You are welcome and I would not miss it for anything. I just put my husband on notice--I am on baby watch!

      Thanks again Charlotte.

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  8. I'm really hoping for a little girl, but what ever comes I'll be happy with especially is all involved are healthy.

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  9. I thought it was strange that people made such a big deal about the duchess driving at this stage of pregnancy. Why shouldnt she? I went into labor 2 weeks past my due date and went about my normal routine as much as possible (with added napping because I was so tired).

    Looking forward to when they actually do have the baby! I'm sure she's pretty uncomfortable by this point.

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    1. Agree. Many a woman has driven herself to the hospital once labor started. You just go about living your life normally till those contractions start and even then you just watch those till they get to a certain point and then head over to the hospital. If you have medical complications that restrict your activities then typically you are bedridden before the last few days or already in the hospital. Keeping busy helps reduce water retention, keeps the circulation going etc. You stay pretty close to the same size during the ninth month, one just tends to be done with being that size and wants the baby to come on out and join the world.:) Ali

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    2. Exactly my feelings anonymous! Being 9 months pregnant does not mean you stay home and do nothing. On my first child's due date I got my hair cut and the stylist gave me a strange look like she was going to have to deliver the baby. Since my labor lasted almost 20 hours when the contractions finally started there was no need for her to worry! I am so glad Kate is taking these days in stride. I hope and pray for a safe delivery for mother and child! I am very impressed that they were so thoughtful to send pastries and coffee to the die-hard Royalists camping outside the London wing!

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    3. Ha! On the due date of my one and only, I went to a wedding for dear friends as a Guest and their Wedding Planner!! Baby ended up 13 days overdue and came in a mere 4 short hours--thankfully we made it to the hospital in time though my dad thought I was going to have her in the back of his car, lol. I certainly didn't drive At All in those last 2 weeks--I couldn't fit behind the steering wheel and reach the pedals at the same time!!

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  10. Jean from Lancs28 April 2015 at 22:22

    Seems strange that her PPOs should have a practice run--that suggests to me that she is not overdue, or surely they would practice before her due date.
    Lovely thought to send the coffee and pastries
    Perhaps there will be news tomorrow, but happy anniversary anyway---doesn't seem like four years ago..

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden28 April 2015 at 23:58

      They have been there a few times before. They are probably looking for changes and stuff. Like "was that garbage can moved", "the handle on that door has broken since we were here", a roof-tile looser etc.

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  11. They are class acts! While I hope that she doesn't have to be induced, I also dont want her to go to far overdue for baby sake. Hopefully her labor will start in the next 24 hours naturally.

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  12. Sarah from Calif.29 April 2015 at 00:32

    Ahhh I'm so relaxed this time. :))) I was 2 weeks late with my 3rd.
    Looks like Kate is in the nesting mode and taking care of business :)
    How precious in this crazy world that we are all so anticipating this sweet dear child!

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  13. I remember swimming before the birth of my 10 lb'er. Much better than sitting with my feet up. Love to Kate & Family!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.30 April 2015 at 00:05

      Anon. I went out to a California Rodeo.....I thought, I'm not just going to sit around. Good for Kate getting out!

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  14. I live in the USA and follow the Royal Family. I've read this blog for almost 2 years and think it's time to express to you what a great job I think you do. You are eloquent in your writing and I particularly like the way you try to describe something about each charity she visits. You are very respectful of them and it shows. I enjoy your blog thoroughly and hope the Duke and Duchess appreciate your type of "reporting". Take care!! :)

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  15. "The wait's driving us crazy, Kate!" So hilarious. As if she owes the world a delivery because they are getting impatient. I guess her uterus is public property LOL

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  16. How could I forget to thank you, Charlotte? You are a blogging rock star! Thank you so much. I check your blog before I check the news. My boys say I am a royal "stalker." I told them it's "watcher." :) Thanks Charlotte.

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  17. The Mirror's headline is a bit arrogant, since Kate has little more control over the timing of her delivery than the Mirror has! And the juxtaposition with the McCann story seems unkind. As for the Daily Mail, it airily assumes that it knows Kate's exact due date, and it is full of advice for the pregnant. Such expert reporting! ;-p

    Thank you, Charlotte, for keeping us up to date on the craziness! And for the lovely picture of the wedding recessional. That's the best photo I have seen of the trees and guests in the Abbey, and the bride and groom followed by their attendants and families. So colorful and lovely!

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  18. I would love to see Kate deliver her baby on her wedding anniversary! I was fortunate enough to share my birth day with my parents anniversary (I was born on their 12th anniversary!) It was always a special day in our home. It would be great for William and Kate to receive such a wonderful gift on their special day. I keep checking this blog and other news in anticipation!! Can' t wait for the big event.

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  19. Are the ribbons around the pastry boxes more lavender than pink? A tactful blue/pink combination?

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    1. Agree, either not quite pink on purpose or just that bakeries ribbon of choice.

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    2. I honestly think the colour of the ribbons had nothing to do with William and Kate (who, unless I'm mistaken, are said not to know the sex of their baby anyway). I think the bakery just used the ribbons they normally use, and they happen to be pinkish.

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  20. How exciting! And it was so nice that they thought of the people who are camping outside. Charlotte, you are doing a fabulous job as always. Can't wait for the Live Blog. I am guessing she will be induced tomorrow?

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  21. Here we are again in Queen is Sleeping news blackout, after such a wild day. I thought when the press people showed up, Kate could not be far behind; then to find out she took her son for a swim. A very cool mum, is Kate. Maybe May 1? My middle nephew was born on his mother's birthday and she joked she'd never have another day all for herself again. It would be nice for them to have their anniversary and then a new baby, I think. But all healthy and happy most of all, little Alice Charlotte Victoria or James Phillip Albert..

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    1. Yes i wanted to make this comment as well. It will be nice if their wedding anniverserie will stay just that so they can celebrate together. Its 17:30 London time so probably no april 29 baby!

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    2. Yes i wanted to make this comment as well. It will be nice if their wedding anniverserie will stay just that so they can celebrate together. Its 17:30 London time so probably no april 29 baby!

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  22. everyone is calm and rested and i feel this time they don't seem it four years then ago

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  23. anon from Leominster29 April 2015 at 04:20

    I still doubt very much that Kate is overdue. All these earlier dates seem based on speculation and she herself said it could be the end of the month. I can't believe she would go shopping or out to a farm with George if there was the slightest chance she would go into labour. Her due date may actually be about now - it fits with what she said. The election would be a good reason not to advertise the baby as possibly arriving in May - much silliness about what a baby bounce could mean would have resulted.

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    1. No, your Doc never gives you an exact due date. Just a general timeframe. I just knew with all my kids that I expected them to come sometime in about a 10 day range, I never adjusted my activities, it is a very very iffy dating:):) Ali

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    2. Anon from Leominster, yes I so agree with you that Kate is not overdue at all. Unfortunately and no doubt due to security reasons (speculation on my part), the "exact" due date (or about due date) given to Kate by her physician(s) (based on the medical and human speculative tools) cannot be released to the public. They are also now considered "experienced" parents and know what/what not to expect thereby showing much more confidence this time around. It is fun though to have a wait in anticipation mainly because we are anxious to know just what the sex of the second baby will be and just who will they take after. I echo our Admin Charlotte in thanking everyone for all comments.

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    3. I don't know where Ali is from, but everyone I know, including myself,was given an exact due date by the Doc. Of course nobody expects to actually give birth on that day, but in a ten day range like Ali said.

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    4. I totally agree leo. I said the same thing last post. I really doubt she is overdue. I think her date is probably more around the 30th. Kate never announced the due date, so it was just speculation that she was due on the 25th. All Kate ever said was mid to late April. Doctors do give a due date, but it is never exact anyway. It is just an idea of when the baby will come. Pregnancy is more 9.5 months instead of 9 months. And you are right, there is not way she would be out shopping with the chance of her water breaking and someone seeing it. She would stay close to home when her due date was getting closer, which seems more likely that her actual due date was the very end of the month. I really do wish though the Royals would give a better idea of the due date and not be so vague. I am getting tired of checking my phone all the time :)

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  24. Thank you all for your comments!

    Maybe today?

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  25. Sharyn from AUS29 April 2015 at 06:56

    If there is an embargo on announcing anything between 10pm and 8am, and I am on the other side of the world in Australia, and work during the day, how long will it take me to learn about the royal birth?

    Can someone else do the math? My head hurts from trying to figure it out…

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  26. You are nine hours ahead, You will learn at the same relative time. So if the baby is born at 4 pm UK time you will her it at 1 am Australian time, the embargo only impacts the UK broadcast. So if the kid is born at 11PM no one hears till 8 am UK time which would be 5 PM Aussie time, It is late so if I am all off, someone please speak up:):)

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    1. Sharyn from AUS29 April 2015 at 08:54

      Thanks! I knew the embargo was based on London time but time differences confuse me.i supposse I've become too reliant on smart phones!

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    2. I added London to my weather app on my phone, that way I can see I can see my time zone and quickly swipe over to theirs to check on the time. I figured this out during the Australia trip and it saved a big headache trying to estimate the time difference. I check the weather every morning because I live in the Midwest US and it ca be 30 F one day and 70F the next.

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    3. Sharyn, hee hee I am not that great at that stuff either, even though I responded;) I keep waiting for someone to correct what I wrote. Have family that are visiting Australia right now, they have been several times already. Not sure where. But they tend to go for exotic, see the animals type stuff. ali

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    4. I like the World Clock, which gives the current time in all sorts of places:

      http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

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    5. Also if you have an iPhone, it is easy to set a clock on your phone to just about anywhere in the world. Go to the clock and click the add button. I've got three time zones set on mine.

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  27. haiiii, admin!! a great thanks to u . am a big big fan of kate middleton and diana especially!
    I always visit ur blog daily to knw abt the correct and accurate news about kate.. and u r doing a great job! thumbs up am expecting eagerly waiting for baby cambridge to arrive soon and offcourse for your next interesting post...
    LOVE FROM INDIA!!

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    1. Klara from Croatia1 May 2015 at 11:40

      From India?? Woow!!! Love your crazy blog with all of us from all around the globe!!! Kiss from Croatia:))))

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  28. Anja from Germany29 April 2015 at 09:20

    Happy anniversary, Kate and William! Still keeping my fingers crossed for the save arrival of Baby Cambridge II. Kate is a cool mum. And if she was to give birth very soon,
    the doctors would have told her not to go swimming, because of the bacteria that could cause an infection. So I think we must be quite patient...

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    1. Jean from Lancs30 April 2015 at 09:16

      I suspect that would apply to public swimming pools---but Buckingham Palace?

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  29. As a modern mother I see no reason The Duchess wouldn't be out and about with her son even if her due date was the next day. Let's face it she has security personal who would get her to the hospital in minutes. Plus they say the more active you are it helps bring on labor. Kate does not seem the type to just lounge on the couch waiting for labor to start.

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  30. Jean from Lancs29 April 2015 at 12:32

    "No Parking" outside the hospital has been extended until May4th.

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  31. The photos of Kate driving makes her hair look darker. I am sure it is just the camera angle, but I wonder if Kate's hair is darker? I guess we will see when they introduce the baby :)

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  32. The parking restrictions have been extended until May 5 now.

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  33. I've heard Kate and William were spotted coningsnd going to BP last night for a swim (Kate's second that day)? Is it true ?

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  34. On a side note, we've all been gushing over the Elie Saab gowns in hopes of the Duchess someday dazzling in one. I just came across pics of Lily James (Lady Rose MacClare from Downton Abbey) wearing a gorgeous Elie Saab gown at a recent movie premiere. Wouldn't it be lovely to see Catherine in something similar?

    http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/dressed/2015/03/lily-james-dress-cinderella-premiere

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  35. Sarah from Calif.30 April 2015 at 00:01

    I'm feeling calm as a cucumber :) hope you all are too! and especially Will, Kate and George!!!

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  36. Happy Wedding Anniversary to William and Kate. May you have many more happy years together and with your children.

    I have had enjoyable hours of keeping up after you since your engagement. The best favorite moment was when Kate stepped out of her bridal car, walked into the Abbey, stood inside at the entrance and walked the isle and met William. To watch the silently frozen, yet the smiling and lifted spirit of the guests in the Abbey in awe makes you wonder if she was born for this destiny. She looked more like an angelic bride than worldly. Sitting almost next to the nuns in the Abbey, there was some analogy to draw, They almost looked the same, she with her jeweled royal tiara, and they, dressed in their long habit with their head covered as a symbol of surrender to God. She looked in submission to her husband forever under God, and the two nuns also looked in submission to the head of the church/Christ under God.

    Best wishes to all four of you and for a safely happy delivery.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.30 April 2015 at 03:13

      Anon 15, there is something truly prophetic is their marriage. My prayers are with them too.

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    2. Beautiful Anon!

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    3. Sarah,

      I agree. There was another irony that William had the chance to bring good news and his future wife to the same Abbey his mother's last stop and church prayer was done. The day felt as if it was all meant to be.

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    4. Anonymous30 April 2015 at 05:56,

      Thank you. I am glad you felt that way. Some stories bring out the ever wonder and thoughts of the world.

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  37. From what I read The palace assured the prime minister that the birth would be no where near the elections on May 8.

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  38. Sarah from Calif.30 April 2015 at 03:11

    Joanna, hehehe :)

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    1. I liked that myself lol.
      My only guess as to why they have said that is:
      1) the doctors have told her she will only be allowed to go to a certain point before they take action. And that is before May 8.
      2) she will cross her legs tight until May 9 lol.

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  39. I like her hair a darker chocolate brown not a fan of the red hair or more auburn color. watched their wedding on Amazon today...beautiful day and can't wait for baby cambridge!

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  40. Charlotte, I was just wondering do you have an Instagram and Twitter account?

    Thank you for the wonferful posts! Looking forward to the live blog.

    Liz, USA

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    1. Hello Liz!

      Thank you so much. I'm quite active on Twitter https://twitter.com/HRHDuchesskate

      Well, it looks like it's going to be a May baby. A very quiet day apart from a couple of false alarms.

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  41. Maggie - Minneapolis30 April 2015 at 06:24

    My guess is that Kate was due sometime between the 15th and the 30th, but that she felt comfortable shopping and doing other things in public because her checkups indicated that the baby was not coming for a while (probably not in position yet). This close to/past your due date, you have to get checkups quite often, so I'm sure the doctors have kept her up to date about when-ish they think the baby will be born. It's possible that her cervix isn't dilating or that the baby hasn't dropped at all, which means she doesn't have the usual signs of going into labor soon. I just don't know why they would start the parking restrictions so early if she wasn't due at some point during them, especially if their goal is to avoid the "Great Kate Wait" of last time. I bet at this point they already have an induction date set for if the baby does not come within the next few days.
    It IS amusing (and I am not at all trying to imply that this was on purpose!) that both the announcement of the pregnancy and now perhaps the birth as well will both be during two important elections.

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  42. Just read that no parking was extended until May 15! What is going on?? I really wish the Palace would give us some answers.. Like if she's overdue or what!

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  43. Charlotte, I'm dying for news!!! I just keep logging on to Facebook and hoping to see ANYTHING! I'm also about to have my second baby so I'm hoping they will have the same birthday! I'm not due until May 11th but at this rate I may beat Kate! :)

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  44. Anja from Germany30 April 2015 at 18:07

    At least there are some of the expected babies that have arrived today! Our family´s Swedish-Chinese twins are there: Two little girls! That should be enough for today...;o))

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  45. I think that Kate was and is not due in April at all. Perhaps it's early MAY that she's actually due.

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    thank you so much!!

    Lekheeka from Minneapolis

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    1. I am from Canterbury, New Zealand. We recently experienced devastating earthquakes, where many people were killed, and injured. Thank goodness we live in a country where we have relative wealth and resources. My children had a mufti day at school (they wear their own clothes rather than uniform) and donated to your cause. I noticed every other school in our town did so too.
      New Zealanders seem to have a soft spot for Nepal due to Sir Edmond Hillary's extreme love for the people.
      My heart is with the people in your country. It is a slow and heartbreaking process. The aftershocks are the cruelest part. They can go on for years.
      Sending best wishes.
      As for Catherine...I went over for all 3 of my children. I had to keep going and it was a good way of taking my mind off waiting. I loved being out and people asking when I was due, when I said ten days ago they had a panick stricken look on their faces. Labour usually takes a while (usually). You have time to be out, get back home and to a hospital. An exciting time.

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  46. Well one thing for sure she makes those babies happy in there. They wont let her go two weeks post dates. Many serious issues can occur. Sooner than later we will get to see the new princess or prince.

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    1. I'm thinking that maybe her due date was later than most people think.

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    2. Anon 14:54. I tend to agree, especially given their recent outings, etc.

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  47. I love this blog. I usually check it a few times a week, but I've been checking it by the hour! My birthday is May 1, so I'm hoping for a royal baby tomorrow!

    Would someone mind explaining to us across the pond why the elections have anything to do with the baby being born? I don't understand why the timing would matter.

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    1. I also have the same question. Hopefully someone can explain!

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    2. anon from Leominster2 May 2015 at 01:26

      The theory is that there is a feel-good "baby bounce" which can help the party in power - in this case, the Tories. There's been articles about this in the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Independent. I think it is utter rot myself but there is no question that there are supposedly a lot of undecided votes out there.

      Just looking at Kate in the last month and watching her actions, I suspected she was due at the end of April or around the first of May. No official source ever said otherwise. I don't believe she is weeks overdue. While modern mums may go out even when they believe they might go into labour, that could be embarrassing for Kate. I think she will now be keeping any visits to private places like the Palace.

      The press would no doubt be torn about an election day baby. They probably like to spread big news out but would enjoy speculating about the impact and no doubt will, now the date will be close. The palace is apolitical and they and the politicians no doubt would be glad if the birth happened sooner than later so the press won't go on about the birth making a difference.

      But at the end of the day, babies come when babies come, and Kate's medical team will chose what is best for her and the child. If that's the date of the election, so be it.

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  48. Hello. I am an avid reader of this blog and Charlotte I think you do a wonderful job. My guess is that if possible, somehow Kate will be admitted to hospital once it's dark, with minimum security (thereby hopefully by-passing lots of the photographers). There will then be a PR announcement saying she has been admitted and there will be no further announcement until the next morning.

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  49. Can I say it was mean of their Twitter to do TBT and post a picture of The Duke and Duchess leaving the hospital with George. Don't they know we are on pins and needles lol.

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  50. So much anticipation! I hope for all our sakes that baby Cambridge makes an appearance in the next couple days. Poor Kate. Both my babies were early but those last couple weeks just drag! Praying for a safe and fast delivery and healthy baby.
    Thank you Charlotte for keeping us crazies up to date, get some sleep :)
    -Hannah, Michigan

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  51. Lekheeka, our thoughts are with your people. Do you have family in Nepal now? I hope the Red Cross and other aid agencies are able to help the survivors of the earthquake as quickly and efficiently as possible. For the future, rebuilding will need time, effort, and the expertise to construct buildings that can withstand the seismic shutters of the Himalayan area. I hope that the construction people of the world will go to Nepal, just as the firemen and medical people of the world have. A fireman from California helped pull a teenager from the rubble in the last 24 hours.

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  52. Good morning everyone!

    Can you all believe it's May? I think almost everyone is so surprised the baby hasn't arrived yet. Maybe today, perhaps even the weekend? Do you all have any predictions now?

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    1. I'm hoping soon! The anticipation's killing me! :)

      If the baby's not born today, is it likely that they would wait to induce until Monday or later? I don't know how healthcare works in the UK, but I feel like most doctors here in the US would not schedule an induction on the weekend.

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    2. I think it would be cool if she delivered tomorrow as its my moms and my sisters birthday. Wishful thinking, then we won't have to wait much longer ;)

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  53. Anja from Germany1 May 2015 at 09:36

    Good morning! My prediction is we have to wait until 3./4. May. Maybe the Baby ist born in that night... I hope Kate needs no induction.

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  54. tonight I dreamt I was pregnant and starting with the labour... eheheh too much involved with this Royal Baby.

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  55. I just saw a report that Kate is in labor! Is it true? Where is the link again to the live blog??

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  56. Is this report that Kate has gone into labor premature? I can't find it anywhere else!

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  57. My second child was 11 days late and he was born so quickly that I (unexpectedly) had him at home... Wouldn't that be a turn up for the books - a home birth at KP?!

    I'm not surprised Kate is late - taller women have longer gestational times.

    Loving the blog!

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  58. It would be great if she gave birth on Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!) then she could name the prince Luke or the princess Leia. :)

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  59. Michelle in US1 May 2015 at 15:33

    Looks like I was wrong about May 1st. This is one stubborn baby! My revised prediction, Charlotte, is Sunday the 3rd.

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  60. Correction from Anon 00:54: 'Shudders,' of course. Brain fades toward bedtime!

    I don't have a prediction, except that Cambridge Baby 2 will be born eventually! Having had multiple late babies, I suspected Kate would fall into the same pattern as before.

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  61. Canadian Friend1 May 2015 at 19:11

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Happy May Day!

    I'm now back to thinking my earlier prediction of a second boy on May 4 may not have been off base!? Some experts say that the pull of the Full Moon (scheduled for May 4) triggers labour in some women. Hope it happens soon because the waiting is nerve-wracking.

    Thank you for all your hard work on the coverage.

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  62. According to Kate, her due date was mid- April to end of same month. That makes her official due date April23/24. It might be time for folk tales, other cultures and calculation. I am not sure if there is statistical account, or word of mouth recording of the unwritten “rules” tales of the following.

    1. Five days are added if it is a boy, which would have made this baby’s birth around April 28/29.
    2. Ten days are added if it is going to be a girl which could be a birth around May 3rd or 4th.
    3. Pregnancy is carried high almost to the chest if it is a boy.
    4. If it is a girl, it is carried lower, more of the baby’s weight below the navel.

    Kate’s pregnancy seems to fit into numbers 2 and 4. If it goes beyond May 5, Election Day the 7th should not play any role into the exclusive decision of the parents and the medical team.

    Charlotte,

    You are like a sweet family sister with your consistent up keep and concern. It seems you have picked an interesting person as a major theme and title of your blog. This moment also reminds me of Diana’s quote around the birth of her first child, “ It felt the whole world went into labor with me”.

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    1. I have heard the opposite. Carried high is a girl. While carried low is a boy

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    2. I think everyone carries differently lol.

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    3. Anonymous1 May 2015 at 21:47
      That is what one Anonymous pointed out about three weeks back. I am very curious to find out which one will be, after Kate has the baby.

      The millions of world population with a variation of body types and pregnancies, what either one of us heard could be truer for one side than the other. I am not sure if there is any statistics.
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      If she will have the baby on the 4th, it will be a numerically symbolic coincidence.

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  63. My mother always said high is a girl, low is a boy. I can never really tell the difference!

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  64. Sorry, but it's nothing to do five days for boys and ten days for girls. And the way the woman carry her child in the tummy depends on the structure of her body

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  65. Well she needs to come to Toledo OH to deliver bc every pregnant women is spontaneously ruptured today. Hehe

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  66. I am sooooo thrilled by all this! So fun to watch this live! My son is 20 days old and I arrived at the hospital at 6pm and had him naturally at 8:28pm, so about the same timeline as the Duchess. I felt great afterwards and had SO much energy because I was so thrilled and happy. I'm guessing she feels the same way or they wouldn't leave the same day!

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  67. This is all just so exciting! You have done an extraordinary job following it all -- even the drive home was followed. That was such fun to see. Thank you so much for an extraordinary job. I know there will be tons of followup in the next few days! I'll be watching!! Jane xo

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