The Royal Baby Countdown Is On: The 10 Things To Know About The Birth So Far

04 July 2013 by

The countdown is officially ON for the royal baby and with just one month to go St James' Palace have cleared up a few logistics of the birth. Some of the details are obvious - she is giving birth in a hospital naturally, others plain bizarre - the announcement of the baby depends on the Queen's snoozing. We've rounded up the top 10 things you need to know about the Royal birth, thanks to details from the folks over at the Palace...

1. St James’s Palace have insisted that the couple do NOT know the sex of the baby and won't be finding out.

2. The Royal Mint has announced that it will be following it's long established tradition, giving silver pennies to babies born on the same day as the Royal baby. It will come in a pink or blue pouch, and is marked with the year 2013 and a shield of the Royal Arms designed by Matthew Dent. Parents of babies born on the same day as the royal baby can claim their penny by visiting to register the birth of their child. 

3. Kate Middleton isn't too posh to push as she is planning on giving birth naturally.

4. She will go into the same hospital, the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where Prince William was born in 1982. The baby will be delivered by Marcus Setchell, the Queen’s former gynaecologist, and aided by the Queen’s current gynaecologist Alan Farthing.

5. Although Prince William has returned to work with the RAF he will be there for the delivery and will take two weeks' paternity leave. He is following his father Charles who was there with Diana for the birth of William and Harry.

6. Prince William will not take any time off between now and the due date, meaning he could be 300 miles away in Anglesey when K Midz goes into labour.

Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington

7. Kate will not visit Wales between now and mid-July, but will split her time between Kensington Palace and the Middletons' home in Berkshire.

8. There is a back up plan in place with the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading in case the Duchess goes into labour early while visiting her parents.

9. We will find out about the birth via... easel. After the birth an aide will leave the hospital with a piece of paper detailing the baby's sex, weight and time of birth. It will then be hand-delivered to a driver and sent to Buckingham Palace, where it will be put on an easel for the public to read. The news will be then shared on the official Twitter feed a while after the easel has been posted, as the palace said: 'it’s important that this is done with a degree of dignity and with half an eye on the historical significance.'

10. If the Queen is asleep during the birth she will not be woken to be told the news. An announcement will not be made until the Queen, senior Royals and the Middleton family have been told the news. So we will know nothing until the Queen wakes up. 

See Kate's greatest maternity style hits in the gallery below...


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