Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William do not know the sex of their unborn baby, St James' Palace has confirmed to The Telegraph, as they confirm the royal baby will be born at St Mary's Hospital in London, with the future king planning to be present.
The 31 year-old is just weeks away from the birth of her first child and as speculation over baby names and gender continues palace aides have reportedly insisted the couple are waiting to find out the sex of their baby, when it's born and not before. Aides reportedly told The Mirror: “[They] do not know and do not plan to find out the gender of the baby in advance”
The Duchess will give birth in the private Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital, in Paddington London as previously speculated where both Princes William and Harry were born, palace aides confirmed with the father to be intending to be by his wife's side throughout the labour.
St James' have also confirmed Marcus Setchell, the queen's former gynaecologist and her current one, Alan Farthing will be delivering the future monarch, who will be the third in line to the throne. It was recently speculated that the Duchess would under go a Caesaran birth, though palace sources claimed it will be a natural birth for the 31 year-old.
Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge will have Prince William by her side during labour (Splash News)
Kate is expected to either stay at her official London residence at Kensington Palace or at her parent's home in Bucklebury, Berkshire in the weeks before the birth, with contigency plans in place for a birth at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, where Kate was born, should she unexpectantly go into labour, sources confirmed.
While it was much speculated Kate and William's child would become the first royal baby to be announced on Twitter, the insider confirmed the news of the royal arrival would be made in the traditional way, with a notice put up at Buckingham Palace detailng the baby's sex, weight and time of birth after the Queen, Royal Family and Kate's family had been told.
An announcement on Twitter and other social networking sites will follow, but aides claimed it was with respect to the occasion that the royal family which to keep a "degree of diginity," with the traditional post at the palace.
A source said: “We very much wanted to preserve the theatricality of the tradition. “The announcement will be tweeted but not until after the formal printed notification has been positioned.”
News of the birth may even be delayed, as if the royal child arrives in the middle of the night, it won't be announced until after the queen wakes up. Following the birth Prince William is expected to take just two weeks paternity leave before returning to work at RAF Valley in Angelsey.
The aides confirmed: “He will be working up until the birth and plans to take the two weeks paternity leave he is entitled to with the RAF.”
But when will we find out the royal baby's name? That could be a while. Prince William's parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales took a week to announce his as they couldn't agree on what the little one should be called.
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