The Royal Family Is Making Preparations for Baby No. 3 (Including a List of Expected Baby Names)
After months of waiting, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will soon have their third child. There is still no exact due date announced, but preparations are well underway for Prince William and Duchess Catherine — aka Kate Middleton — to welcome their bundle of joy.
Here are the most recent details to emerge as the royal family prepares for the new baby. (Check out page 7 to see what the baby’s name might be.)
For starters, how’s the duchess feeling?
The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly experienced hyperemesis gravidarum early in her pregnancy. The severe nausea and vomiting caused her to miss public engagements — and forced the royal family to disclose her pregnancy. She has since resumed making public appearances, even with the baby’s due date approaching.
Next: As for where the baby will be delivered …
CNN reports the duchess will give birth in the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. This is the same location that the duke and duchess’ first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were born. (Prince William was also born there in 1982.) Barriers have already been placed around the entrance to the facility in preparation for the swarm of media that will be there, according to CNN.
Next: So if the location is the same, what about …
The medical team
It appears the royal couple was confident enough after the births of their first two children that they decided to stick with the same team. CNN also reports the handpicked team of doctors overseeing the birth will be led by Guy Thorpe-Beeston and Alan Farthing, who helped deliver Princess Charlotte.
Next: Here’s where things get a bit technical …
Like with the birth of her first two children, Kate Middleton’s birthing plan will likely be a mix of royal protocols and modern touches. Royal babies were born at home for centuries, with the father not allowed in the room during the birth. Will and Kate have of course bucked these rules, with the duke being present in the room when George and Charlotte were born. However, the couple will likely uphold the tradition of how news of the birth gets out — nobody can know about it before the queen does.
Next: Once the baby is born …
Line of succession
This is a royal baby, after all. The newest royal will become the fifth in line for the throne, after Princess Charlotte. Some royal watchers have obsessed over the fact that this will knock Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, down the succession line. (However, given some of Harry’s comments, it doesn’t sound like he minds not being further up the line to be king.)
Next: Prince or princess?
In addition to not knowing the baby’s due date, royal watchers have been held in suspense over whether it’s a boy or girl. While there has been speculation for months that Kate Middleton is dropping hints about the baby’s gender, it’s also reported that the duke and duchess don’t know the gender themselves.
Next: Not knowing the gender makes this next part even more interesting …
Sure, the gender of the next royal baby hasn’t been announced yet. But that hasn’t stopped bookies from taking bets on what the little tyke’s name might be. According to The Sun, bookies are favoring traditional names for the baby. Arthur and Henry are popular names for a boy, while Mary, Alice, and Victoria are the popular picks for a girl.
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