Kate Middleton’s April due date is quickly approaching, and the world is eagerly speculating what the new addition to the royal family will be like. Kensington Palace usually keeps Kate and Will’s pregnancy details under wraps, so bookies are guessing on everything from the baby’s gender to its name.
There’s one rumor circulating that would change the structure of the royal family as we know it (pages 7 and 8). But first, here’s what we know so far about Kate’s pregnancy and what the new addition could mean for the throne.
Kate is reportedly due on Saint George’s Day
According to Hello! magazine, Kate is due April 23, or Saint George’s Day in England. The patron saint of England’s feast day used to be a national holiday but is now an observance day. The English celebrate with parades, dancing, and other activities.
A source told The Sun; “There’s no certainty with due dates of course but the Duchess is working off a date around St. George’s Day and it would be a lovely patriotic coincidence if he or she were born then.”
Next: The couple is already breaking royal tradition.
This will be Kate and Will’s 3rd child
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already skirting recent royal tradition by having a third child. Queen Elizabeth II had four: Princes Charles, Andrew, and Edward, and Princess Anne. Each of the princes and Princess Anne only had two children.
Kate is the oldest of three siblings. Many believe Kate’s close relationships with her siblings, Pippa and James, are what inspired her and Will to continue growing their family.
Next: How will they choose a royal name?
How will they choose the name?
Picking a name for a royal baby can be tricky. Yes, the family traditionally names their children after past royals, giving Will and Kate a well-formed list of names to choose from. (And given the classic names of their first two kids, there’s no doubt their third baby will have an equally traditional name.) The problem, however, lies in what names are still available, as royal kids normally have very long titles.
Next: A closer look at the hospital visit everyone is waiting for
The royal hospital visit
Royal OB-GYN Alan Farthing — who delivered Prince George and Princess Charlotte — has reportedly postponed his retirement, so he can deliver the next Baby Cambridge. The Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where both George and Charlotte were born, has already been reserved.
Next: Has Kate already revealed the gender with this subtle hint?
Kate’s fashion choices indicate a girl
She recently wore a floral maternity dress that she’d donned while pregnant with Charlotte. And a coat has sparked a few headlines because of its color, a hot pink hue that could indicate Middleton is pregnant with a girl.
Middleton has actually worn the coat twice before, and both times were during her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte — once on an official visit to New York and again a few months later.
Next: Kate and Will might follow in Queen Elizabeth’s footsteps.
Some speculate she wants 4 children
Prince William and Kate already broke the royal tradition of stopping after two kids. Now, England is wondering: With baby No. 3 on the way, will Kate and Will follow in Queen Elizabeth’s footsteps and have four?
A villager believed so. “I reckon Kate will try to emulate the Queen and have four!” they told People. John Haley, a pub landlord who attended the royal wedding, believed Kate’s mother would be happy if the couple kept growing their family. “It’s going to be nice for Carole to have three grandchildren. … She had three children herself, so I suppose it’s what Kate is used to,” Haley said.
Next: This news would shock all of England.
Bookies are betting whether Kate has twins
Coral is offering 4-to-1 chances that Kate and William are expecting twins, with far less likely odds of triplets (50 to 1). While Kate’s pregnancies have often been met with plenty of speculation — including rumors she’s expecting twins — the palace usually handles them.
When rumors circulated that she was having twins while she was pregnant with Prince George, Kensington Palace denied them. It released a statement about the couple expecting “a baby,” not “babies.” So, if Kate and Will were expecting twins, many assume Kensington Palace wouldn’t have announced only their “third child” in the official statement.
Next: The significance if Kate really had twins
This would be a first for the modern royal family
The current royal family is void of any twins. According to Metro News, if you followed the British royal family’s history, you’d have to search back to the 15th century to find any twins. James I of Scotland and Queen Joan gave birth to twin boys on Oct. 16, 1430, named Alexander and James. Alexander died the same year while James succeeded his father to the throne.
Although the British royal family is twinless, royal families elsewhere have been graced with double trouble. Charlene, the Princess of Monaco, birthed twin girls in 2014. And Crown Princess Mary of Denmark gave birth to twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent in 2011.
Next: What twin Brits would mean for the royal throne
Here is what it would mean for the throne
Prince Charles is next in line for the British throne, followed by Prince William and Prince George. If Kate really gave birth to twins, the firstborn twin would become fifth in line. The second twin would assume the role of sixth in line and push back Prince Harry to seventh.
This rule of succession only counts for natural births. If Kate were to “require assistance during birth” (the best example being a C-section), then the royal gynecologist would determine which baby was born first. Either way, Prince Harry won’t be taking the throne anytime soon.
Next: Will and Kate’s parenting methods might change.
Will the duke and duchess be as hands-on?
As part of their efforts to be more modern royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge try to be very hands-on with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. This includes taking their kids to school and spending family time away from the hustle and bustle of London. This might change for a bit, as a new baby will need a lot of extra attention. However, it’s likely that the duke and duchess will continue their habit of being very hands-on parents with all of their kids.
Next: A new baby means a very special event — and potential family drama.
What will this baptism be like?
There was some family drama at the last two royal baby baptisms. Prince William’s cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were not in attendance for either George or Charlotte’s baptisms, with Beatrice also surprisingly being snubbed for the godmother job on both occasions. (Both Will and Kate have had it out with Beatrice over the years.) Time will tell whether the baptism for the new baby puts any family feuding at the forefront.
Next: Royal duties might have to change.
What happens with royal duties?
As we previously discussed, Prince William and Kate Middleton are very active and hands-on parents. So not surprisingly, there have been rumors that the Duchess of Cambridge wants to have fewer royal duties after her third child is born, so she can give her growing family all the attention it needs. There are also rumors that the queen isn’t very happy about this. Has the new baby started a royal family feud before even being born? Will the duchess in fact step away from some of her royal obligations? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Additional reporting by Chelena Goldman.
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