Kate Middleton due date: When is Duchess due to give birth to a third child? Latest odds
The royal baby is due this month as Kate enters the final weeks of her pregnancy and the world awaits the fifth in line to the throne, but what is the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting the arrival of their third child in April.
Kensington Palace announced on September 4 last year Kate and William would be welcoming a new royal baby and a new sister or brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” the palace announced.
Then on October 17, Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter the due date would be in April 2018, although a specific date has yet been released.
It is believed the announcement was pushed forward because Kate suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum – severe morning sickness – as she did in her previous two pregnancies.
The Duchess was forced for cancel a planned visit to a Children’s centre in North London.
It is understood the palace wanted to get ahead of the press and announce the pregnancy themselves as the cancellation of a few events may have ignited pregnancy rumours.
Kate’s previous pregnancies were announced before the 12-week mark.
The new baby will be fifth in line to the throne, after its siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
A royal source revealed earlier this month the baby could arrive on St George’s Day on Monday, April 23.
The source said: “There’s no certainty with due dates of course but the Duchess is working off a date around St George’s Day and it would be a lovely patriotic coincidence if he or she were born then.”
The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for her last royal engagement last Thursday before starting her maternity leave.
She spent the date celebrating the Commonwealth at London’s Olympic Park to meet the Sport Aid team, which is a national charity helping young British sportsmen and women.
During her previous two pregnancies, Kate took her maternity leave around a month before Prince George and Princess Charlotte were due – so many believe the third baby would arrive at the end of April.
People have also pointed to an imminent sign the royal baby is due, as the railings outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington – where Kate will give birth – have been given a fresh coat of paint.
This could point to an imminent arrival of the new royal, as the hospital prepares for Kate to go into labour.
After the birth of their previous children, both the Duke and Duchess took time off immediately after the children were born.
When Princess Charlotte was born, Prince William took two weeks of statutory leave from his job as an air ambulance pilot and the Duchess took maternity leave from her official royal duties.
However, soon after the birth of their third child, they will obviously have to put in a public appearance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May.
The bookies have opened up betting on when the royal baby will enter the world and April 21 – the Queen’s birthday – is the early favourite of 10/1.
St George’s Day – April 23 – is the next favourite with odds of 12/1.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “With Kate’s due date only weeks away the beaten suggests the latest addition to the Royal Family could share a birthday with his or her Great-Grandmother.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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