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Royal Ramblings: It’s Official – the Royal Baby is Due in July!

It’s official! According to a statement yesterday from Clarence House, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka Prince William and Kate Middleton – are expecting their first child this July.

While we already knew that a royal baby was on the way, this is the first public announcement of when the next heir to the throne might make his or her debut and sets the timetable for when we can all expect an outbreak of official Royal Baby Parties among our friends and acquaintances this summer. 

”Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” the palace said in a statement. “The Duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.”

Meanwhile, a BBC News report goes on to confirm that Kate is expecting just one child, and not twins, as had been previously rumored due to her struggles with severe morning sickness. (This is apparently often a sign of having twins. File that right under things I never knew.)

The royal baby will be third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William. Thanks to some changes to the current rules of the monarchy and its practice of primogeniture, the sex of the baby will not determine whether he or she wears the crown. (Which is really quite awesome if you ask me.)

Anybody want to make a guess at when the royal baby will be born? I must admit to a certain level of sentimental personal fondness for the prospect of July 1 – which was also the birthday of Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana.

And while we’re taking polls – do you think the baby will be a boy or a girl? Weigh in on this in the comments below.

Photo: Clarence House

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Royal Ramblings: The Duchess of Cambridge’s First Royal Portrait Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

The first official Royal portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled yesterday (January 11) and…honestly, it’s a bit (a lot?) of a hot mess. The polite phrasing is probably to say that the future Queen of England’s first portrait has drawn mixed reviews from Royalists and members of the press both in the UK and abroad, but if you ask me, it’s really a bit of a disaster all the way around.

While the portrait is incredibly lifelike, it is also pretty unflattering. It makes the Duchess look much, much (much) older than her 31 years, thanks to the bags under her eyes, dull complexion and preponderance of facial lines. It also displays none of her famed charm, none of charisma that has charmed the world nor the style that’s made her a fashion icon. It’s basically like looking in a fun house mirror, except we’re all supposed to take it seriously and not apparently laugh hysterically and look around for the camera crew that’s surely punking us. But, perhaps I’m overreacting. Click through and take a look for yourself, and share your opinions in the comments. Should the Duchess ask for a do-over? Or do you her portrait is lovely the way it is?

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Royal Ramblings: William and Kate are Having a Baby and Basically the Entire World is Excited

3As you’ve probably already heard multiple times so far today (my Facebook feed certainly appears overrun with this news), their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially announced that they’re expecting a baby!

St. James’s Palace confirmed the news this morning – and you can see the official statement from Clarence House here. They further explained that part of the reason for the relatively rushed announcement is that the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (acute morning sickness) and had to be admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London where she’s expected to stay and rest for a few days.

The royal baby will be third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William. Thanks to some proposed radical changes to the current rules of the monarchy and its practice of primogeniture, the sex of the baby will not determine whether he or she wears the crown. (Also: that’s awesome.)

The people of England (and the world, really) are already celebrating the impending arrival of a royal heir, including myself and what appears to be nearly every person I know and interact with in any capacity on the internet. Why are we all – especially us Americans – so excited about the expansion of the British Royal Family?

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Royal Ramblings: David Cameron Supports Historic Reform of the Monarchy

The British government seems poised to end primogeniture, a practice in place since feudal times guaranteeing that male children receive preference in the Royal succession. In the current system, a male child will always be first in line for the British throne, even if he has older female siblings.  For example, this is how King Henry VIII’s youngest child, Edward VI, hopscotched over both his sisters Mary and Elizabeth to the crown, even though he was only nine years old at the time of his father’s death. 

Only when there is no male heir at all is it possible for a female child to ascend the throne. Queen Elizabeth II became Queen only because she had no male siblings.

Now, however, Parliament and Prime Minister David Cameron are moving toward making significant changes to the law of succession. Cameron has written to British Commonwealth leaders proposing that the law which ensures male children automatically take precedence in the line of succession be altered. (The 16 nations who recognize the Queen as their monarch have to agree to any changes.) This proposed change would apply to any children produced by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, guaranteeing that if their first child is a daughter, she would be at the head of the line for the throne behind her father and take precedence over any subsequent sons.

More Royal-related rambling after the jump!

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