Palace sheds light on Kate's baby plans

2013-06-19 18:45

London - With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July - and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch - officials at Clarence House have released some of the couple's plans, although many details are still being kept private.

Kate has made several public appearances recently but is expected to keep a low profile in the final weeks of her pregnancy.

Here is the latest news about the infant who will, upon entering the world, be third in line for the British throne.

King or queen?

Royal officials can't say - and it's not because they are being coy, it's because Kate and William have not found out - and don't plan to.

"They don't know the sex of the baby and have decided not to find out," said a royal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under Palace guidelines for distributing information to the press.

In the hallway or at Kate’s side?

Officials said William "fully intends to be present at the birth”. The birth is expected to take place at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in central London.

That is the hospital where William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, were born.

Who’s in charge?

A spokesperson said the medical team will be led by royal gynaecologist Dr  Marcus Setchell.

Informing the public

Officials said there will be no advance notice.

The public will be told once she has settled in her room in the early stages of labour, the spokesperson said, anticipating that this would be within an hour of her arrival at the hospital.

Finding out about the birth

This will be a mix of tradition and new social media.

Officials said a royal aide will emerge from the hospital with a signed bulletin on foolscap-sized paper carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead.

The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to the Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building.

At the same time the bulletin is posted, there will be an announcement on Twitter and the media will be formally notified.

The document will give the baby's gender, weight and time of birth.

The name

Not so fast. Officials said they don't know how quickly a name will be chosen. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced.

Visiting hours

Officials said royals and members of the Middleton family are likely to visit, but Queen Elizabeth II is not expected to visit at the hospital because she will be on her summer vacation at the Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Where’s daddy?

William plans to take two weeks paternity leave and then return to his military duties as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in Wales.


  • Nkosi Mzimba - 2013-06-19 22:27

    in this day and age is there really a need for kings queens etc. I mean ja its tradition and bloodline going back centuries ago but now with presidents prime ministers etc what are they purpose other than a ceremonial position? Do they earn a salary? Do they medical aid? What kinda coffee do they drink? Do they go to mcdonalds like the rest of us or maybe they have their very own fast food joint? I just wana know thats all. What do they do???!

      Nkosi Mzimba - 2013-06-20 08:47

      exactly my point jill. Even our hard working zulu king. Its tradition yes but it begs to be asked. what do they contribute to society?? Monarchys and all?

      Chez Kri - 2013-06-20 09:28

      @Nkosi. The British monarchy actually do work quite hard. William and his brother do normal stuff in the army (no special treatment) and their charity work is legendary. Prince Harry funds a orphanage or something in Lesotho for eg. Its the Zulu king that does nothing and serves absolutely no purpose at all.

  • Sue Maguire - 2013-06-20 01:37

    I guess it's their culture and we should just respect that it is their right to acknowledge and honour it their way. That goes for all countries and their respective cultures.

  • Roberto Miguel Quintas - 2013-06-20 09:02

    Nkosi: in Great Britain, their Royal family pays taxes (including the Queen), attracts BILLIONS of Pounds in tourism revenue annualy to the UK economy with many people from around the world wanting to visit WORKING and royal inhabited palaces and castles, enjoy the pomp and ceremony of weddings, births, jubilees and even funerals. In regards to work, as such, visit the website which explains the actual finction of her Maesty, Elzabeth the II, Queen of roughly 17 realms....: Ps: the late Diana, Princess of Wales, encouraged visits to McDonalds with her sons, Princes William (future King) and Harry. The Queen is apparently a Burger King fan, FYI! ;)

      Nkosi Mzimba - 2013-06-21 08:09

      thanks roberto that was really interesting info. I just assumed they were tax free parasites like our own local royal familys

  • Jo-Ann Kruger - 2013-06-20 19:21

    Chez Kri! 100 our of 10 for you!! Loved your comment. And Roberto, thank you for explaining the Royals doings so well. I am living in Pretoria, South Africa, but my family-roots are in Britain. My surname is Wyrley-Birch and most of our reletives still live in Surrey. So, i am so in love with the Royals, followed them since I was a child and can only say they don't just have it easy! However, nothing can beat the amazing traditions, and how I wish I could live there!!!

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