The royal baby watch is in full force as Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is due sometime in mid-July. The future heir to the British throne is sparking fetus fever all over, with speculation as to what the royal baby name, gender and weight will be. Media is on stake out and betting pools boom in the final days leading up to the royal baby due date.
In light of the imminent royal baby due date, here are 5 things we know:
1. Royal Baby Name: Royal officials announced that the baby would be known by its given name. Its title will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince/Princess of Cambridge. William Hill has started a bet as to what the baby name will be. Leading girl names include Alexandra, Charlotte, Diana, Elizabeth and Victoria. Leading boy names for the royal baby include James, George, Andrew and Arthur.
"The name will be traditional. This is a future monarch. You won't get a Princess Kylie or Prince Wayne," Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, said, Dawn reports.
2. Royal Baby Delivery: The royal baby is scheduled to be delivered by Marcus Setchell, the Queen's former gynecologist, Dawn reports. The delivery will take place in a private wing where typical costs total at $7,400. Extra TV reports that Kate will give birth to the royal baby at St. Mary's Hospital, the same place Princess Diana gave birth to William and Prince Harry.
3. Royal Baby Gender: Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided to keep the royal baby gender a surprise, according to royal sources. With recent adjustments to the British parliamentary rules, the royal baby can be the monarch, irrespective of its gender. Niagara Falls will glow pink or blue, thanks to the U.S.-Canadian Niagara Falls Illumination Board, to celebrate the birth of the royal baby upon its arrival, Christian Science Monitor reports.
4. Royal Baby Announcement: Royal sources have stated that the first royal baby announcement will come from the palace after Kate has been admitted to the hospital. The second announcement will be the formal birth announcement, ABC News reports. The formal royal baby birth announcement is stated on traditional paper on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace.
Aside from official announcements made by the palace, it is likely royal baby photos will surface online from various media outlets immediately following Kate's release from the hospital. Paparazzi have built perches in order to capture the perfect shot as the royal family leaves. Extra TV reports that the new parents are set to pose with the bundle of joy to the royal family upon their departure.
5. Royal Baby Merchandise: Adults and babies alike will be showered in royal baby merchandise upon its looming arrival. The London Royal Mint announced July 4 that a lucky silver penny will be given to all British babies born the same day as the royal child. For little bubbas not sharing a birthday with the future heir to the throne, Grandfather-to-be Prince Charles is selling handmade baby shoes at his country estate. The Middletons online business Party Pieces also got in on the royal baby merch action, introducing a new selection of "I'm a Princess" party cups, plates and napkins.
Fox News reports that royal baby merchandise includes everything from biscuits to books to themed hotel suites. Analysts predict that the arrival of the royal baby could boost Britain's economy by $380 million, compliments of the souvenirs.
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