As the world waits for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, it has emerged that Kate’s due date may have been later than previously thought.
It had previously been rumoured the Duchess would give birth around July 13, although no due-date was ever officially given by the Palace apart from mid-July.
However, now well-placed sources have told The Telegraph that staff were told to expect the arrival of baby Cambridge on July 19.
“A small number of staff at St Mary’s who might be called upon when the Duchess gives birth were told they had to remain teetotal for a month before the Duchess’s due date.
“They were told the due date was July 19, meaning they couldn’t drink from June 19 onwards,” a source told the paper.
In recent days, the mum-to-be has been residing at her parents’ house in Bucklebury, Berkshire, with Prince William by her side.
This has led to speculation Kate may give birth to a nearer hospital to the Middleton’s family home, however the Palace has been keen to stress that the royal couple still plan to travel to the Paddington hospital to welcome their first child.
The couple’s present location and the fact that Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton travelled abroad earlier this week for a friend’s wedding may mean the later due date could be possible.
Last month, when the Palace revealed the final details of the birthing plans, the mid-July due date was kept although no specific date was given. The Duchess told well-wishers earlier this year of her due time.
“It’s around mid-July, but babies have their own agenda,” the pregnant royal explained.
Since the beginning of the month, the world’s press have gathered outside the Lindo Wing of the Paddington hospital where Kate will give birth.
A previous mother who gave birth at the London hospital revealed she believed the Duchess will be well looked after during her time there.
“Kate will be well looked after,” Dawn Robertson, 58, who had her three children at the hospital said. “They were really accommodating and always asking if you were okay and comfortable,” she revealed to People.
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