It's almost four days past Kate Middleton’s widely anticipated July 13 due date, but according to a royal family member, we won’t have to wait much longer to get a glimpse at Britain’s newest royal.
While the palace has remained mum on news regarding the baby, revealing only that the future princess or prince of Cambridge is due this month, 65-year-old Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, revealed her 31-year-old daughter-in-law’s latest due date while attending the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice event in Cornwall Saturday, reported the Daily Mail.
“We are just hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here,” said Bowles when asked for an update regarding her stepson Prince William’s first child. “We are all just waiting by the telephone,” she said.
While the world waits with bated breath for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s newborn, it was confirmed by the New York Times Sunday that the announcement regarding the child’s gender, birthdate and birth weight will be publicized between 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. London time following the delivery. According to the Daily Mail, the announcement will be displayed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, the same method used to announce Prince William’s birth in 1982.
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Following tradition, Middleton will deliver at the Lindo Wing in St. Mary’s Hospital in London, the same location where both her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry were born, to the late Princess Diana. According to a report from the Daily Mail, the duchess’ birthing suite, which includes lavish accommodations ranging from satellite TV to Champagne toasts and private chefs, reportedly costs 10,000 euros per day (an estimated $12,870 USD).