With Kate Middleton‘s bump now making more appearances – and the Duchess herself even finding it hard not to cradle said bump – the third royal baby’s arrival is anticipated more and more each day.
In a matter of weeks, Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, will be able to meet their new sibling.
So when is the Duchess of Cambridge due and what do we know about royal baby no.3? Here’s all you need to know about the baby who will become the fifth in line to the throne…
When is Kate Middleton due to give birth?
Kensington Palace announced Kate and William were expecting their third baby on 4 September 2017.
It was believed at the time that she was suffering from acute morning sickness Hyperemesis Gravidarium, which she had when she was pregnant with George and Charlotte.
The statement read: Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.
‘The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.’
It was thought at the time that Kate was just shy of three months pregnant, with her announcement coinciding with her cancelling a scheduled royal engagement due to her morning sickness.
In October, a short statement, Kensington Palace said on Twitter: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2018.’.
Is she having a boy or a girl?
Bookmakers Coral are backing Kate to have a second baby girl, with odds of 10/11. They offer odds of 11/10 that the royal couple will have a baby boy.
Could Kate Middleton be having twins?
There has been much speculation over whether Kate and William could be expecting twins, with Coral offering 4/1 chances. Triplets are far less likely, with odds of 50/1.
Kate’s pregnancies have always been met with rumours that she is expecting royal twins.
However, given how Buckingham Palace have handled the rumours before, it seems unlikely that she will be welcoming two …
Back in September 2011, speculation was rife she was having twins, but Kensington Palace released a statement at the time denying it in no uncertain terms. The statement read: ‘Suffice to say that were it true, it would be us that announces it, not a gossip magazine.’
Then in January 2013, when she was pregnant with Prince George, it was claimed again she was carrying twins. This was soon denied via a statement in which the Palace declared they couple are expecting ‘a baby’ – not ‘babies’.
When Kate was pregnant with Charlotte, bookies suspended betting that she was having twins seven months before she gave birth. We know how that one ended.
If Kate and Wills were now expecting twins, surely Kensington Palace wouldn’t have said they are expecting their ‘third child’ in their official statement, would they?
If Kate were to give birth to twins, she would become the first mother of a future monarch to do so in Britain since the 15th century, when James I of Scotland’s wife, Queen Joan, gave birth to two boys.
What will William and Kate call their new arrival?
Royal baby names – the odds
Bookies William Hill is offering the following odds on baby names for Kate and William’s little bundle:
Victoria, Arthur 9/1
Frederick, Elizabeth 14/1
Alexandra, Grace, Henry, Mary, Alexander, Philip, James 16/1
Catherine/Kate, Diana, Caroline 20/1
Billy, Edward, William 25/1
The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to return to the private delivery suite at the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, where she gave birth to both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Guess Prince William won’t be able to get paternity leave in time for the World Cup 2018 then?