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.