Royal Baby Watch continues as the whole world casts its collective eye on London, waiting anxiously for any sign that Kate Middleton has given birth to the newest, third-in-line future monarch of England. Fear not, though, royal watchers: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, says everyone is “hopeful” the baby will arrive by week’s end.
The royal baby due date that some people are taking as gospel is actually more of a rough royal baby due period; sort of an ETA rather than a firm, scheduled event. (Because, you know, it’s a baby and all. Even if the child is royal, it’s still human.) Shocking, we know. Don’t these people know we’ve all been waiting since December to see this kid? So rude.
Royal Baby Watch Reaches Fever Pitch: When Is This Kid Coming Out?!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have only ever really confirmed that their progeny is due to arrive in “mid-July”, and that could be interpreted by some to mean anywhere from Jul 10 through July 20, while others may feel “mid-July” is July 15 right on the nose, which has already passed. Whether you consider Duchess Kate to be “late” yet or not may also depend on whether or not you have children.
If you’re a parent, especially a mom, you know first babies often take their time getting labor started. Also, labors can be significantly longer once they do get rolling. You might also recall how, during those last few excruciatingly looong weeks, people were especially helpful in asking you, repeatedly, “When are you going to have that baby?! Shouldn’t it be fully baked by now?” And they would laugh and laugh at their own little joke. And you would want to punch them, hard, in their throats, but you couldn’t get close enough because your bump was now the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Remember? You remember. It was a precious time.
Now, let’s exaggerate that by a million and a half, and that still doesn’t come close to the scrutiny Kate Middleton is under. Let’s hope, for her sake, the Royal Baby Watch is over soon and the Duchess has her brand new royal baby safe in her royal arms.
As far as what Kate and Wills will decide to name their little one, expect a traditional name. Perhaps an Edward, John or James for a boy; for a girl, we could envisage a Diana, or perhaps Victoria.
Whatever the child is named, and whether male or female, the child will be next in line to the throne after his or her father, Prince William, who is second in the throne to his father, Prince Charles. Prince Harry, William’s younger brother, will become fourth in line, losing ground to a child that will more than likely outlive him, cutting Harry’s chances of ever becoming King down ever further. Sorry, Harry!