The great Kate wait

It’s the biggest betting plunge ever on a ‘novelty’ event. Sex, name, arrival date – there’s no aspect not covered by a wager. Londoners become excited at the sound of a helicopter overhead. Could it be Wills making the hospital dash? The tension is mounting, but Camilla has hinted it will be the end of the week before predictions are proven true or false. Yes, it’s the great Kate wait as Prince William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, prepares to give birth to their first child, who will be third in line to the throne, even if it’s a girl.

Outside Paddington’s St Mary’s Hospital, there are stepladders set up, with crazy notes attached by bored photographers, who’ve been waiting there for a week or more to climb the ladders in the hope of filming royal visitors coming and going. Buckingham Palace, however, is much more low key.

Apparently there will be no official announcement from the palace when the baby is born, nor any press releases. There will simply be a note placed on an easel on the palace forecourt announcing the newborn’s weight and time of birth, and possibly name. And, of course, a 41-gun salute will ring through the skies.

Huffington Post shows ladders, notes and all the things you really don’t need to see.

More ladders.

Kate’s maternity wardrobe – week-by-week baby bump!

Opinion: Royal baby – do we care? 

I’m a dinky-di Republican at heart. I’ve believed for decades that we should sever our ties with the monarchy and run our own nation. In fact, it was the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by then Governor General, John Kerr, which really made my blood boil. It was simply outrageous that our elected head of state could be removed by a representative of a monarch who resided 12,000 miles away. And I still feel that way. So bring on an Australian republic, I say, and the sooner the better.

But now I’ve got that off my chest, it’s time to move on and recognise that everybody loves a baby – they really do – and I’m no different when it comes to the arrival of a child wanted by two parents who seem to love each other, despite the fact that they live their lives in a public fishbowl.

So in answer to the question in the title, yes I do care. There are far too many stories of death, deprivation, war and suffering, so when something as pure and special as a new life is anticipated, it’s okay for all of us to feel excited and part of the event. We’ve watched Kate throughout her pregnancy. She is surely the most photographed mother-to-be in the world. And soooooo much more dignified than the Hollywood starlets with too much boob and bump in too small frocks. So now the big day is nearly here, it’s only natural to feel a sense of anticipation for the Prince and his Duchess and some sadness that the Prince’s mother, Diana, is not here to enjoy her son’s new family. So let’s raise a glass to the royal parents-to-be, and while we’re at it, what’s the harm in a small wager on the sex, name and date?

My money’s on a girl, called Charlotte, born on Friday 19 July. How about you?

will give away a DVD pack to the first person who guesses the ‘trifecta’ (gender, birth date and name) of the new royal baby. To enter, send your guess to [email protected] – don’t forget to include your answer, as well as your full name and postal address. The competition will close when the baby is born.

What do you think? Has Kaye gone soft in the head? Or are you, too, keen to hear news of a healthy bouncing baby?

Written by Kaye Fallick