As the nation awaits the arrival of the royal baby, it has been suggested the future heir could arrive ten days earlier than expected.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s expected due date is July 13, however it has been proposed that the date may be to fool the press and to allow the couple some privacy as they welcome their first child.
Trooping the Colour 2013 was Kate’s final engagement
Pregnant Kate could be following Diana’s lead, as when the Princess of Wales was expecting William, she told the press she was due on July 1, although the Prince was born ten days earlier on June 21.
Last week, the Palace revealed the final details surrounding the royal baby’s arrival. It was confirmed that, like Diana, Kate is planning to give birth in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and the expectant Duchess is planning to have a natural birth.
In an official press briefing which took place at Clarence House, the couple’s wishes were explained and plans for the birth were confirmed.
The parents-to-be still do not know the sex of their baby. At the briefing it was explained the couple did not wish to know the sex of the baby and did not seek to find out during Kate’s pregnancy.
It was also confirmed that Doctor Marcus Setchell, 69, a former gynecologist to the Queen, will supervise the Duchess’ birth. This follows on from Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s two children, Lady Louise and Viscount James, in which Doctor Marcus was present at the births.
After the birth, Prince William will take two weeks paternity leave from his RAF job as he supports the Duchess, as they both settle into parenthood.
In an unexpected move, royal aides have confirmed they will tell the world when Kate goes into Labour.
“While it is a deeply personal and private event, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge realise this is a time of national celebration and that there will be vast interest in the baby,” a spokesman revealed. “They realise many people will want to share in their happiness.”
The Duchess of Cambridge took part in her last royal engagement on June 15, when she joined the Royal Family for Trooping the Colour.