Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
Flick your calendars forward to July and put a big red mark through July 13 as that is apparently the due date of the latest British Royal baby.
According to Britain’s The Mail on Sunday, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been given an official due date of July 13 for her and William’s bundle of joy. Since they were forced to announce her pregnancy late in 2012 due to a hospital stay for severe morning sickness, speculation has been rife, and bookies taking bets, on when the third in line to the British throne would be making an appearance. While July 1 is a popular date for many given its significance of it being William’s mother’s, Diana, Princess of Wales, birthday, no one has known for sure how far along Kate is. However, it was thought she would be due mid July.
A friend of the couple has now revealed the apparent due date: “Some of Kate and William’s closest pals were at a barbecue hosted by a family friend of the Royals recently. They were all discussing the fact that Kate’s baby is due to be born on July 13. Everyone was very excited”. There has been no confirmation of the due date from St James’ Palace. The only comment was from a spokesman saying “We have only said that the Duchess is due in July. Anything further would be speculation”.
If the babe is born when expected, it will only add to its Great Grandmother’s, Queen Elizabeth II, party celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of her Coronation. The Coronation Festival runs from 11 – 14 July and is set to be on par with 2012’s Jubilee festivities. Here’s hoping with a little less rain and a bit more warmth. Opera singer Laura Wright is set to perform in the gardens of Buckingham Palace as part of the festival and has joked that “I had better not sing too many high notes… what if my singing made her go into labour?”. Now that’s a new wives’ tale I haven’t heard to induce labour.
However, before you go placing your life savings on 13 July as the birth date, remember that babies don’t work to anyone’s schedule but their own. One thing that we do know for sure is that the proposed changes to the rules of succession in the UK mean that regardless if the baby is a boy or girl, they will become third in line to the throne.