The Queen: 'I hope Kate Middleton gives birth before my holiday'

Published Wednesday, Jul 17 2013, 15:34 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Pregnant Kate Middleton is due to give birth any day now – and The Queen's revealed she hopes it's sooner rather than later.

During a visit to the Lake District on Wednesday morning (17 July), the monarch was asked by a 10-year-old student if she wanted the royal baby to be a boy or girl.

"I don't think I mind," the Queen told Fay Batey. "I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday."

So, we're not the only ones looking forward to the arrival!

Trooping the Colour 2013 - The Queen's Birthday Parade - Horse Guards Parade. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. June 15.


Kate at Trooping The Colour

The Duchess of Cambridge, 31, and husband Prince William announced their pregnancy back in December, but have never publicly declared a due date. Some outlets had suggested Saturday, 13 July had been the day, but that date has come and gone.

The Queen, Prime Minister, senior members of the royal family and the Middleton family will be the first to learn if the third-in-line to the throne is a boy or girl.

A royal aide will then take the birth notice from the hospital to Buckingham Palace where it will be displayed on the forecourt.

Members of the Royal Family visit Baker Street tube station to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground


Kate joined The Queen and Prince Phillip for an engagement to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground earlier this year

The Queen isn't the only member of the royal family hinting that the due date is imminent. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said earlier this week the family was waiting by the telephone and hopeful of an arrival by the end of the week.

While we don't know yet whether it will be a boy or girl, the palace has confirmed the baby will be given the title of Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

Kate made her last pre-birth appearance at the Trooping The Colour at Buckingham Palace on 15 June, but Prince William has remained in the public eye, most recently playing in a charity polo match with brother Prince Harry at the weekend.

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