BUB!

Kate's ex­pect­ing and we all LOVE a royal baby!

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

The Great Kate Wait is on again, with Bri­tain go­ing baby mad after the an­nounce­ment Cather­ine, the wife of Prince Wil­liam, was ex­pect­ing their third child.

News the 35-year-old Duchess of Cam­bridge was preg­nant again made the front page of ev­ery ma­jor news­pa­per in Eng­land and book­ies im­me­di­ately started a mar­ket on what the royal bub might be named. Princess Alice is the clear favourite at the mo­ment at 7/1.

This child will be nei­ther the heir nor the spare — those ti­tles fall to sib­lings Prince Ge­orge, 4, and Princess Char­lotte, 2 — and will be fifth in line to the throne but that didn’t dent the ex­cite­ment of an im­pend­ing royal birth.

With Kens­ing­ton Palace giv­ing no de­tails on how ad­vanced Kate’s preg­nancy is, the guess­ing game is on as to when the baby will be born, with me­dia out­lets tip­ping March or April.

Times of Lon­don royal cor­re­spon­dent Valen­tine Lowe says it’s only nat­u­ral to be ex­cited about ba­bies, and that was be­ing pro­jected onto the Royal Fam­ily.

“Ev­ery­one coos and gets ex­cited when their friends and fam­ily are hav­ing a baby,’’ he tells BW Mag­a­zine. “Peo­ple are pro­ject­ing some of that emo­tion onto some­one they like.’’

Cather­ine has not been seen in pub­lic since nce last week, when she ap­peared along­side Prin­cence Wil­liam and his brother Prince Harry at a memo­rial gar­den to mark the 20th an­niver­sary sary of the death of the princes’ mother, Diana.

The Duchess has been struck down with hy­per­eme­sis gravi­darum, a se­vere form of morn­ing sick­ness that she suf­fered in both her pre­vi­ous preg­nan­cies and which led to her be­ing hos­pi­talised when preg­nant with Prince Ge­orge in 2012.

Her mother Ca­role Mid­dle­ton is help­ing care for her at Kens­ing­ton Palace, and she can­celled sev­eral pub­lic ap­pear­ances this week, her ab­sence ap­par­ently spurring the palace into an­nounc­ing her preg­nancy some e weeks ahead of the usual 12-week mile­stone. e.

Lowe says the Bri­tish me­dia will now be plan­ning their rit­ual stake-out of the Lindo WingWi at St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal in Padding­ton, a hos­pi­tal so posh it even has its own wine list for fam­i­lies who wish to choose the cham­pagne to toast the new ar­rival after their baby is born. Princes Wil­liam and Harry were both born there, as were Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte. “The royal fam­ily, the poor lambs, have to have all their ba­bies in pub­lic,’’ says Lowe.

And Cather­ine was very a pop­u­lar fig­ure with the Bri­tish pub­lic.

“They think she’s do­ing a good job, she smiles, she’s well-man­nered, they don’t know her but they like her,’’ he says.

The new royal bun­dle of joy is likely to fur­ther boost al­ready high pub­lic ap­proval rat­ings for Wills and Kate, and take fur­ther scru­tiny off Prince Harry, who will be bumped down the line of suc­ces­sion, to sixth place.

Kens­ing­ton Palace is brac­ing for a flood of gifts to ar­rive from well­wish­ers, who have tra­di­tion­ally show­ered royal moth­ers-to-be with toys, and hand­made clothes. The palace has al­ways re­turned the gifts, post­ing them back care­fully wrapped to the sender, with a note ex­plain­ing they are un­able to ac­cept them.

Prince Wil­liam, 35, said this week the new baby was “very good news,’’ but con­firmed it had been a “bit anx­ious to start with’.’ “There’s not much sleep go­ing on,’’ he said.

And in a com­ment be­ing in­ter­preted as a hint that Cather­ine might be 11 weeks along, Wil­liam said: “We just need Cather­ine to get over this first bit, then we can start cel­e­brat­ing next week.’’ Prince Harry had ear­lier given a big thumb­sup and de­clared the baby news: “fan­tas­tic, great, very, very happy for them’’. Kens­ing­ton Palace’s for­mal an­nounce­ment of the preg­nancy noted that Queen El­iz­a­beth and her fam­ily were “de­lighted’’ by the news. Prince Charles, who will be­come a grand­fa­ther for the third time, is­sued a state­ment from Clarence House, his of­fi­cial res­i­dence, stat­ing that: “TRH (their royal high­nesses Charles and wife Camilla) are de­lighted with the news the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge are ex­pect­ing their third child.’’ The new baby will make Wills’ and Kate’s fam­ily the largest Bri­tish royal fam­ily since Queen El­iz­a­beth and Prince Philip had four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince An­drew and Prince Ed­ward. Bri­tish news­pa­pers are de­bat­ing whether Cather­ine, her­self one of three children, is push­ing the fam­ily to­wards a more mid­dle­class ap­proach, with a slightly larger fam­ily than re­cent royal tra­di­tion would in­di­cate. The royal fam­ily is in a state of tran­si­tion, with the 96-year-old Prince Philip re­tir­ing last month from of­fi­cial du­ties. Prince Wil­liam has re­signed his job as a search and res­cue he­li­copter pi­lot and moved his fam­ily to Kens­ing­ton Palace last month so he could take up full­time royal du­ties. And Prince Harry’s re­la­tion­ship with Amer­i­can ac­tress Meghan Markle is de­vel­op­ing quickly, with royal watch­ers now in­creas­ingly con­vinced an en­gage­ment will be an­nounced in com­ing months. In an interview pub­lished in Van­ity Fair this week, Markle made her first pub­lic com­ments about Prince Harry, re­fer­ring to him as her “boyfriend’’ and say­ing: “We are two peo­ple who are re­ally happy and in love.’’

I’m very, very happy for them

Prince Wil­liam and Cather­ine with Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte.

Prince Ge­orge in the of­fi­cial por­trait for his fourth birth­day and (right) Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge, with Princess Char­lotte on a visit to Canada.

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