The Queen will not cancel her holiday for Duchess Kate’s Baby Crumpets

Duchess Kate’s alleged due date has come and gone. Every morning, I wake up excited to see if Kate has gone into labor as I slept. Every morning, I’m disappointed. My biggest fear is that she’ll go into labor and have the baby quickly and it will all go down while I’m at the gym (sidenote: I plan on going to the gym today, so keep those legs crossed, Waity). Now, I’m not “blaming” or “bullying” Kate because she hasn’t had the baby yet. Babies have their own schedule. But I will blame her a little bit if she and William lied about her due date in the first place. St. James Palace and Buckingham Palace gave the wink and the royal nudge to media outlets that the due date was in the July 11th-13th range. And then Kate’s mom was telling people that the baby would be a Leo. So did they fudge their due date? For what purpose?

Meanwhile, Kate is waiting things out at her parents’ house in Berkshire. She traveled to the Middletons’ house over the weekend, when a heat wave struck London and Kate was stuck in Nottingham Cottage without air conditioning. There’s a conspiracy theory afoot that Kate might give birth in a local hospital in Berkshire rather than the royal-family-approved, Queen’s-gyno-attending St. Mary’s. It’s a solid conspiracy theory, and I think it’s a decent possibility.

But here’s one sure thing – The Queen has no f—ks to give if this royal baby interrupts the Queen’s holiday plans. The Queen was visiting a school when she was asked about the royal baby, and the Queen is so funny:

The Queen is hoping the royal baby is born soon – because she is about to go on holiday. She made the comment in reply to a question from a 10-year-old schoolgirl while on a series of engagements in the Lake District.

Fay Batey, a pupil at Wiggonby CofE Primary School, asked: “Do you want Kate’s baby to be a boy or girl?”

The Queen joked: “I don’t think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday.”

Fay told reporters it was “really, really exciting” to speak to the Queen. She and fellow pupils waved Union flags and cheered as the royal party arrived at the Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere. The Queen’s final engagement before her holiday is next Tuesday.

[From HuffPo]

So, that’s the end point for this speculation, I guess. Kate needs to have the baby before next Tuesday or the Queen is just going to go on holiday (probably to Scotland, since she goes every summer) with or without the heir.

Meanwhile, Duchess Camilla was also asked about the baby, and she said: “We are all just waiting by the telephone. We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here.” My hope is that the baby comes tomorrow. I’m not going to the gym tomorrow. Tomorrow would be great, Kate! See if you can make that happen.

PS… You can go ahead and place your bets on gender and names! My bet: if it’s a girl, it will be Charlotte Diana Elizabeth. For a boy, George Charles Michael.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Decloo says:

    Wow! The Queen looks amazing in that photo.

  2. m says:

    Sorry but Charlotte and George arent happening since they are the names of two of Williams cousins (Spencer side).

  3. LadyMTL says:

    I always wondered how doctors came up with such specific due dates…I mean, do they have a calendar in there or something? Give Waity a break, the baby will show up when it’s good and ready. I don’t blame the Queen for going off on vacation, I would too, lol.

    As for names, I think it’ll be Victoria Charlotte Diana if it’s a girl and George Philip Charles if it’s a boy. Michael is too “common” (sorry to my brother whose name is Michael!) :)

    • capepopsie says:

      Michael is the best name ever, but we probably can´t hope for that I´m afraid. The house of Windsor is much too conservative for that.

    • Thinker says:

      I like Arthur for a boy. It’s historic, it’s significant, it’s undoubtably regal, and its one of William’s middle names. Prince Arthur would be a lovely and relatively unexpected choice. Long shot but I like it anyway.

      Victoria or Elizabeth are certainly going to be in the mix for a girl. Diana will be a middle name. I could see Alexandra or Mary as the first name too. Caroline and Charlotte would be the dark horse candidates.

      Prince Arthur Charles Michael Phillip.
      Princess Victoria Diana Elizabeth Mary.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Those are pretty and they get my vote. Arthur is my favorite man’s name.

    • Noodles says:

      They’re calculated in two ways. There is a little chart they use– basically you enter in the first day of your last period and it gives you a “date” to use.

      Usually, when they do ultrasounds, they also measure the fetus and then will often move the date according to those measurements (which I personally think is stupid).

      I think this is what happened– she was given a date of the 13th and then the date was moved back later on by a doctor.

      Giving an early due date as a joke wouldn’t benefit her at all– look at what has happened! If anything, they should have kept their mouths shut and hinted that it would be closer to August, which would have given her a chance to stay a bit under the radar.

      • Seagulls says:

        Measurement ultrasounds are early enough that they’re technically measuring an embryo.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      To determine the due date the doctor counts forty weeks from the first day of your last period (because most people don’t know the date of conception). As your pregnancy progresses, they may adjust the due date based on ultrasounds and the size of your uterus. The baby is consider full term between thirty-seven and forty-two weeks.

    • Suzy says:

      They take the date of the start of your last period, subtract two weeks, then subtract three months.

    • lalala says:

      From Wikipedia:

      Healthcare professionals name three different dates as the start of pregnancy:

      - the first day of the woman’s last normal menstrual period, and the resulting fetal age is called the gestational age
      - the date of conception (about two weeks before her next expected menstrual period), with the age called fertilization age
      - the date of implantation (about one week after conception).

      Since these are spread over a significant period of time, the duration of pregnancy necessarily depends on the date selected as the starting point chosen.

      The typical “40 weeks” is calculated from the date of conception or about two weeks before her next expected menstrual period.

    • Soo says:

      As a matter of fact, it is indeed called a gestational calendar. The doctor asks when your last period started, and then goes forward 40 weeks from that day. Babies come out when they’re ready, but there really is a science to due dates. They don’t just pull days out of their arse.

  4. teehee says:

    The suspense is killing me!! Im unhealthily refreshing my news feeds all day yesterday and today…. :P Hurry up!

    • kc says:

      I wake up every morning and check my Ipad while I am laying in bed to see if she has gone into labor.

      I have a really full life of my own but deep down I must really a total loser

  5. capepopsie says:

    Priceless! :)

  6. Thinker says:

    Ever since it became apparent that the Middleton’s had hired an experienced PR firm I’ve thought the baby would arrive later than the publicly reported due date. It’s really the oldest trick in the book. Delayed gratification. Thus, I do think they fudged the date and made it a week or so earlier than the true date, specifically because they wanted the press to build up the general public’s anticipation and make this birth the big event of the summer… And it’s working. The Queen, for one, does not seem amused by the trickery!

    • Shazbot says:

      I think William just wanted to force the press to keep outside for weeks on end because he hates them.

    • L says:

      I think it’s hilarious that she’s getting her revenge on the now delirious press who nicknamed her ‘waity katy’-wait and wait and wait and wait for the baby.

      Karma me thinks.

  7. Bubulle says:

    So tired to hear about the precious royal baby, I can understand why it’s a big deal for british people, but why is the rest of the world so fascinated by this people.

    • embertine says:

      Trust me, it really isn’t for most of us Brits. I have literally not heard a single person mention the Royal baby in the last three months. But then I don’t read the tabloids, maybe they’re on about it all the time?

    • Bubulle says:

      Really lucky you, I can’t watch the news without hearing about it, I guess I should move to UK.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      +1 Care less about this than the wedding, and that’s saying something.

    • Jules says:

      I believe the media is trying to create the Diana frenzy all over again. Sorry, Waity is way too boring.

      • CC says:

        Of course, they need to sell magazines/newspapers. Reputable papers that carry real news don’t really mention it.

  8. Rikki says:

    LMAO God Save The Queen!

  9. Lizzie says:

    I hope they go with Alexandra Charlotte/Elizabeth if it’s a girl. Queen Alexandra sounds lovely!
    I think they will defo go for George if it’s a boy. That…or James. James would be a great name for him.
    (I hate myself for being so into the Royals! lol)

  10. Ok says:

    Well we know who won’t be getting named Elizabeth if she is a girl, now don’t we

  11. aims says:

    I also think it’s a girl. For some reason I’ve always felt that. The Queen sounds like a crotchety old grandma, lol.

    I have a question. Do you secretly think Will and Harry resent Camilla for the way she treated their mother? I know water under the bridge, but Diana was so vocal about her, and I’m sure she talked to Will. Camilla plays the good step mom, but she and Charles caused Diana great pain. I’d think their would be hard feelings there.

    • Pixie says:

      I think I read somewhere that both William and Harry accept Camilla primarily because of how happy she makes Charles but also because she is actually a nice person. The Charles and Diana dynamic was a difficult one and William was often his mother’s confidant. I think the two princes know more than we do and I do genuinely think they like Camilla.
      I think the baby’s going to be a girl, too!

    • Noodles says:

      No, I don’t. As a child who went through a messy divorce somewhat similar to the Charles/Diana and full of all sorts of “talks” from a Mother who should have just kept her mouth shut…No.

      It is possible to have a good relationship with a stepparent, even if that relationship ruined your parent’s marriage. Had Camilla been a huge snot— then maybe they wouldn’t feel so nice towards her.

    • Flower says:

      Diana bad mouthed a lot of people in Charles’ life not just Camilla.

      She was very jealous of the boys nanny Tiggy Legge-Burke (who the boys loved) and accused her of having an affair with Charles and miscarrying his child, there was very nearly a law suite over that. Diana was also insanely jealous of her stepmothers role in her fathers life and actually pushed the 60year old woman down a flight of stairs at at a family wedding , showing no remorse then or years later in an interview, in fact she said it gave her enormous satisfaction.

      The older the boys got the more they realised that their mother had some serious problems and probably started to look at Camilla from their fathers view point rather than Diana’s. Especially William I think because Diana dragged him right into the thick of her marital problems using the young teenager as her sounding board and confidante.

  12. Jane says:

    Charles Phillip George if it’s a boy
    and Victoria Diana Elizabeth if it’s a girl. I would think that these names have a nice ring to them. I hope the baby comes soon. She must be uncomfortable with all this heat.

  13. Jaded says:

    How about Periwinkle Leticia Jessamine if a girl, and Mortimer Thaddeus Everest if a boy? It’s time for them to stop recycling the same old names in different order for royal babies.

    • embertine says:

      Long live Queen Periwinkle!

      (sounds like a flower fairy!)

    • Tapioca says:

      I’m hoping for Buttercup or Leia for a girl, Caspian or Rogers Nelson for a boy.

      I’ve been past St. Mary’s and the photographer stake-out there is insane. It’s right next to Paddington Station and the paps have actually turned into a bit of an attraction for the passing tourists!

      • Fue McCormick says:

        Nooo … they cannot name her Buttercup. My next female dog’s name is going to be Princess Buttercup … and I simply cannot have that!

  14. Eleonor says:

    I am feeling really simpathetic with the Duchess: she is in her last weeks (days?), and she has all the media of the world obsessed with her vagina-state.Jeeez it’s a woman (a lazy one ok) we’re talking about not a Utero!

  15. OhDear says:

    I don’t see the big deal – it’s not like she’ll be present for the birth. Pretty sure she’ll be notified when the child is born and will visit when the parents are ready.

    • lisa2 says:

      I was going to say the same think. IIRC..and please anyone correct this.

      William will send word to the Queen and at some point he/Kate will take the child to present him/her to the Queen.

      So it is not like with most Grandmas’ the Queen is going to run to the hospital and see the parents. So no big deal. I don’t blame her (Queen) I mean she is the Queen.

      I guess I don’t follow them because I don’t anyone that cares that much. I think for the people I know they will know about the birth when they know. But they sure are not eager or waiting by the TV or computer.

      But I understand because I was sure waiting for birth news of my favorite celebs.

      • embertine says:

        LOL, no, I don’t think that royal babies get presented at court anymore like it’s the 1800′s.

        Grandparents aren’t usually present for the birth here. None of my friends who have had babies have had their mums in with them, and certainly not their grandmothers. I don’t even know anyone who was visited by their grandma after the birth, mostly because by the time you have a baby, your grandma is very old or even dead.

        Remember, the woman is 87, it’s not as though she’s going to go to their house and make casseroles for them to stick in the freezer.

      • Justme says:

        Exactly – the Queen hardly ever visits anyone in the hospital – she only made a few visits to her husband after all.

        And she is the great-grandmother of this child after all (something some commenters seem to lose track of). She’ll want to know and will see the baby in time.

        Nothing on earth would stop her going to Balmoral in August – that is as close to being set in stone as anything on earth!

      • Bucky says:

        This also isn’t her grandkid. It’s her great-grandchild, and she already has several great-grandchildren. I seriously doubt she was at their births, either.

  16. Sachi says:

    Haha! HM The Queen strikes again! :D She’s very witty although her humour can sometimes be dry. It’s nice that she’s still working well into the summer and she looks healthy.

    As for the names:

    George Arthur Henry Charles for a boy.

    Victoria Alexandra Frances Elizabeth for a girl.

    But I like Queen Victoria’s first name, Alexandrina, more. It sounds prettier. Alexandra as a first name is so boring at this point, so many royals are already named that. So is Mary as a first name…quite dull IMO.

    I don’t think they’ll want a monarch named Queen Mary II. Yikes.

    • Justme says:

      It would be Queen Mary III. Queen Mary I is Bloody Mary, Queen Mary II was part of William and Mary (they were joint rulers).

      I’d love Mary – it is a pretty name with great history (if you are Christian and this child will be head of the Church of England). And it is not terribly popular or trendy either. It is a classic name. Or as George M. Cohan said “It’s a grand old name”.

      And it is the name of the most regal Queen Consort imaginable – the current Queen’s grandmother, George V’s wife, Queen Mary.

      • Sachi says:

        Thanks for the correction. I’d forgotten William and Mary.

        Princess Victoria of Sweden’s daughter has Mary as one of her names and will probably take on “Queen Mary of Sweden” instead of her first name Estelle (I hope she never takes “Queen Estelle of Sweden” as her name). She’s only 2 years old and will grow up at the same time as William and Kate’s baby.

        2 possible Queen Marys as monarchs, at the same time, sound so dull especially since 3 of the other European heirs are named Catharina-Amalia, Leonor, and Ingrid-Alexandra…all very interesting names that still sound regal but not often used.

        Mary as a first name doesn’t have a nice ring to it when combined with other names that might be available for the new baby. I can’t imagine Mary Frances, Mary Diana, Mary Caroline, Mary Victoria, or Mary Charlotte as the first 2 names…sounds very Catholic, to be honest.

        Mary as a 2nd or 3rd name is fine, though.

      • Justme says:

        Each to her own. I like the plainness of Mary as opposed to the fancier ones used on the Continent. It seems more British somehow – never a country for fancy names for monarchs. As for Estelle – that is an example of a baby being given a “different” name, which does not suit a future Queen (though she is the cutest little girl imaginable, but Queen Estelle?) Queen Mary sounds noble and straightforward to me. She could use a nickname like Molly or Polly for down time.

        Anyway I just had to defend my favorite name against all the comments I have seen lately about how boring it is. Since hardly anyone is called Mary these days, it would stand out amongst the gangs of Sophias, Emilys, Emmas, Olivias, Isabellas etc. etc. :)

      • Flower says:

        The child would be Queen Mary II, Mary of Teck was not the monarch simply the Queen consort, they don’t get a number. Think, Queen Mum, she was also a Queen Elizabeth but it was her daughter who became QEII.

      • Flower says:

        Just ignore that piece of garbage I just spouted of course she would be Mary III, totally brain fogged today and I didn’t hit the edit button in time to correct it….slinks away red faced.

    • Poppy says:

      *Dons history geek hat* Actually it would be Mary III – Mary of William and Mary was Mary II, as she was Queen Regnant jointly with her husband as William III & II and Mary II.

      I’d like it to be a girl – we’re going to have two kings in a row after QEII, it would be nice to have a Queen again after that! My money’s on Alexandra or Charlotte (Elizabeth/Diana/Carole/Victoria all contenders for middle names), but I’d like them to surprise us all with something unexpected.

      • Sachi says:

        I should get one of those hats. :D My history is so rusty nowadays.

        I’d like for it to be a girl but not named Diana. Diana as a 1st name is just too “loaded”. Victoria and Alexandra seem to be the 2 most popular guesses.

        If it’s a girl, then it would also mean that European royalty will have Queens in the next 50 years, except for Denmark who has a 7-year old Prince Christian as the heir’s heir.

      • LAK says:

        It could have been Alexandra / Mary III with our current Queen since those are her names.

        She’s Elizabeth Alexandra Mary better known as EIIR.

  17. Jacqueline says:

    I don’t think she could have the baby at a local hospital. SOMEONE would inevitably leak SOMETHING and they wouldn’t be equipped to handle the media craze. I don’t understand why there isn’t a birthing suite in the hospital & then she could have the baby at home and keep the secret as long as she pleased.

    • Jane says:

      Just a guess, but maybe the local hospital doesn’t have a fully equipped NICU in case of an emergency.

  18. Eleonor says:

    On another related note: one of my dream is to have a tea with The Queen and Karl Lagerfeld.

    • Jen d. says:

      Good point, but even if her name is Mary she won’t necessarily be Queen Mary. Monarchs usually change it up when they take the throne. I doubt Charles will keep his name – King Charles the 3rd doesn’t really sound very auspicious…..

  19. Mimi says:

    Kate looks beautiful pregnant….and not too many people can pull that off

    • Lisa says:

      Nonsense — all pregnant women are beautiful.

      • Mimi says:

        Lisa, that’s not true. I definitely was not a pretty pregnant girl. I went from 105 to 165lbs, my nose swelled & expanded greatly, I got brown splotches & broken blood vessels all over my face and chest, my legs, hands and feet swelled so much I looked like a pillow person, my spine collapsed and pushed the cartilage from in between my discs out into my sciatic nerve so every step I took felt like I was walking over giant needles that were so long they reached up into my hip and the excruciating pain was written all over my face. It took 6 back surgeries and many yrs to fix. Although I have seen some beautiful pregnant women, and Kate is 1 of them, in my opinion they are hard to come by. This is a gossip blog, I stated my opinion, which I am entitled to have even if it differs from your opinion Lisa. The only nonsense I see is the fact that you feel that your entitled to comment on mine, you’re not so keep quiet and settle down now sir

      • Lisa says:

        Gosh Mimi — you’re right — sounds like you were pretty darn ugly — who the heck am I to insist otherwise?

      • Suze says:

        I am sorry you had such issues but there are plenty of lovely pregnant women, really there are!

        Plus, the duchess hasn’t been seen in public for a month so she’s probably bemoaning her own super-pregnant state now, also.

  20. minxx says:

    How about princess Poppy Peach Bluebell;) .. But seriously,I think it’s going to be something like
    Victoria Elisabeth Mary or
    Alexandra Elisabeth Diana (or Frances)
    and for a boy
    George Arthur Charles

    • cubfan 34 says:

      Charles and his siblings and Will and Harry each have 4 names.

      A boy will have Arthur in his name.

    • Mel says:

      I second that! Actually, Poppy Peach Periwinkle (I really like the idea of Queen Periwinkle that was suggested earlier), with the possible addition of Kale, for a more updated botany chic.

      And Comfrey Cabbage Douglas Pine for a boy.
      That should make Grandpa Chuck very happy. :)

  21. Reece says:

    LMAO!! Priceless!

  22. FLORC says:

    I hope it’s a boy. I think a boy would be better off for many reasons, but also my first and middle names are in the fold for girls. The odds are not in my favor if it’s a girl.

    And the baby will come when it decides to or when they induce Kate.

  23. Apsutter says:

    Good for the Queen!! Her life shouldnt revolve around the Duke and Duchess of Do Nothing while she’s out working her ass off in her 80′s.

    • Suzy says:

      HAHH! Duke & Duchess of Do Nothing is what I’m gonna call them from now on :)

    • Beatrice says:

      So true. It’s not like the Queen takes a holiday after every engagement like some do, is it? She deserves a great vacation. PS Love her in the blue–what a class act!

      • m says:

        She doesnt even get a true vacation either, she has to do her Red Box work daily and that takes hours.

    • The Original Mia says:

      Co-sign. Why would she cancel? She’s the great-grandmother. She’ll see the kid when she sees the kid. Besides, it’s not as if either parent has been particularly respectful of her in the past. They do what they want to do when they want to do it.

  24. Elise says:

    Why are we given two different due dates for the baby, “building up excitement,” or not? I do believe the baby is due as Carole said, by next week (maybe July 24th/Leo?). Did St. James Palace not get the memo from Carole (or William and Catherine?)? As far as giving birth at Royal Berkshire, there’s nothing really wrong with that, except I feel like it’s a “control” issue for the Middletons.

    I also have to comment on that poll the Daily Mail did where responders felt the Middletons should have more of a role in raising the baby than Charles and Camilla. Whether you have a dislike for the latter couple or not, they do have the right to be a part of the child’s life. I, for one, would not want the child to inherit the Middletons’ social climbing and pretentious ways.

    • Cyndi says:

      Where’s s/he gonna climb? They’re already at the top of the ladder! :p

    • mslewis says:

      Social climbing?? This child will be born at the top of the ladder with no place to go. No need for any climbing.

      • Elise says:

        I am hoping the future heir will inherit at least one positive attribute of the Middleton family: the fact that they’re hard workers. Their pretentiousness can be left at the door.

  25. Anne says:

    I think it will be

    Alice Charlotte/Carole Diana Elizabeth
    George Philip Charles Michael

    • Thinker says:

      Alice is very pretty but a number of Will and Kate’s friends are named Alice. Alice Temperley, Alice Van Cutsem (her daughter was in the royal wedding) and a few others. It’s a common and popular name among their contemporaries, I doubt they will use it.

      • Anne says:

        Who knows, right?

        It was also the name of Prince Philip’s mother and the Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (Queen Victoria’s daughter and Prince Philip great-grandmother. Prince Philip is old and I think It would be a lovely tribute to him.

  26. tiggerwolf says:

    I am hoping for a Leo baby. They are extremely loyal and known for thei leadership. Either way, a healthy birth and baby :-)

    • FLORC says:

      Since Calling the child a leo under the sun and moon charts means nothing for their personality traits it won’t matter.

      • tiggerwolf says:

        My sun sign is the Sun, my Moon sign the Moon. Care to enlighten me ? Thi babe will be loved

      • FLORC says:

        I will try tiggerwolf, but it’s extremely complicated. Starting from you exact GPS location and the exact star, planetary locations during the time of your birth plays a big role. For the sunday paper to say i’m aries because i was born in april is like calling a toothpick a tree. They’re both wood, but one is far more than the other. Anyways, past that it goes into times like if the stars and planets were ascending or descending.
        To get a real reading takes a well trained astronomer and mathematician and several days or one very awesome computer program to take all your information and generate a true reading.

        Those that get a true reading swear by it and find it very accurate. It’s not like going to a psychic either. There’s more science and no cold readings. I think it’s silly that people judge it only from what they know of the star and moon signs and month to month like Kate’s baby will be a leo and strong leader because it’ll be born in july. It’s silly.

        Not to get too far into it, but there’s also a far amount of the same science behind “Karmic Numbers”. Long story short the higher you are the better you were in a previous life. The lower means you were bad. Each number has it’s own personality trait. If nothing else it’s fun to learn about.

        The baby will be adored, but not brought up in a loving home by 2 in love parents. See Ollie’s post below. They sum it up nicely.

  27. Lisa says:

    Simple — they fudged the due date so the “HG” diagnosis would make sense.

  28. Caroline says:

    I wonder why I have not seen the name Matilda on any royal baby list. It is a beautiful name, original but still a classic since it was the name of 2 queens of england, even the name of a queen regnant! Well, considering Kate is such a boring person I suppose the baby will be named George or Mary or Elizabeth.

    • Elise says:

      “Matilda” is a nice one, but I am also leaning towards “Eleanor” (after that famous, intelligent queen of England). I am hoping for a girl, but a boy is OK.

      • Sachi says:

        I like the names Eleanor, Cecilia, and Adelaide.

        Charlotte Matilda Victoria Adelaide would be awesome. Or Eleanor Frances Caroline (for Carole Middleton) Elizabeth.

        I don’t think those names will cut it, though. Eleanor, Adelaide, and Matilda may be too “old”. The Windsors also stick to tradition and have a small selection of names to choose from.

      • Justme says:

        I like Matilda as well.

        How can Mary be “common”? It is rarely given these days – people prefer fancy names. It is the name of the most important woman in the Christian faith. And it is for a long time used by the English (it is the English form of Maria), not some German name brought in by the Hanoverians, like Adelaide or Amalia.

      • Sachi says:

        Justme – I meant common as in Beatrice and Louise both have Mary in their names already. Both also have Elizabeth.

        I don’t really care about which are traditional English names or that Mary is the name of the most important woman in the Christian faith. I’m Catholic and I know about 30 people who have Mary/Marie/Maria/Ma. as their first names, adults and children combined. It is not really that rare a name. It’s the go-to name for many Catholics. My and my mother’s names are variations of Mary.

        I still think it’s way too boring and dull a name for a royal baby’s first name when there are other regal names that can be used. Beatrice, Eugenie, and Louise all have names that are traditional but not as commonly used. Mary as a 2nd-3rd-4th name is fine. But as a first name, it doesn’t change my opinion that it is boring.

      • Justme says:

        We’ll agree to disagree then. I think it is the nicest name in the world. I’m also a Catholic and although it was common when I was a girl, there are very few being named that now. My daughter is Mary (as was my mother and grandmother) and she likes it as she is the only girl of that name that anyone knows! ( I was given a “unique” name which I need to spell out on the phone and explain to everyone I meet)

        Whether a name is boring is a personal judgement call.

        Actually I hope it is a boy myself, so poor King Christian of Denmark is not the only male monarch of his generation in Europe!

    • kp says:

      Yes on Matilda / Maud. What I like is that the first Maud (AKA “Lady of the English”) *should* have inherited the throne but was pushed aside by her (male) cousin Stephen. Very appropriate choice, I think, for a queen regnant who will, this time, not be pushed aside for a male.

      • Elise says:

        I sometimes wish the royals could be more adventurous with the names (it’s the 21st century!), because traditional names can be predictable and just not exciting. I actually don’t think “Eleanor” sounds too old, and it is a traditional name.

  29. Lady D says:

    I think they should name their boy Harrison.

    • imqrious2 says:

      That’s my older nephew’s middle name :-) We wanted a name with an “H” to honor my mother (Helen). In Jewish tradition, children are honored with a name that begins with the letter of a deceased loved one.

  30. JL says:

    The queen rules and looks great doing it. I’m sure she’ll be pleased when the baby is born but other than going at seeing the newborn for a few minutes what else is she superposed to do?
    I’ve never been a fan of 50 people all piled in with a newborn.

    Let the parents enjoy and bond with them then show up when invited.

  31. mslewis says:

    I don’t think anybody fudged any date. Babies are born at their own pace and a doctor can only guess. The palace always said the due date was “mid-July” and it was one of the tabloids that put an actual date to it. I think people are being unfair to William and Kate over this. What reason would they have to give a false due date? People need to stop with the conspiracy theories.

    P.S.: The baby will be born next Monday and it will be a boy. I have spoken!!

    • Lisa says:

      You are taking this way too seriously –most of us are just shooting the breeze and speculating — none of us obviously have any idea. But I am certain your dear, close, personal friends the Do Nothings will be most touched by your spirited defense.

    • FLORC says:

      To distract paps.
      To make paps wait in heat.
      To prepare with more time.
      Change locations.
      The theories are just to theorize. It’s not a bad thing to do on gossip sites.
      And Kate could possibly be induced. It wouldn’t be the first time a woman was induced to give birth to an heir. And i’m not speaking in a medical need for it or going past due dates.

    • Elise says:

      There are those who are more focused on the fact that this child will now be known as a “Prince” or “Princess,” etc. upon birth. But, I am actually more interested in how this child will turn out, and how he/she will be raised. I realize William and Catherine want children, but I am not entirely convinced these two are ready for it.

      • Soo says:

        After nearly a decade long courtship, living together in Wales for 8 years, William being well established in his job as a helicopter pilot and both of them 31 years old, I think they’re ready. This is not a situation even close to the Charles and Diana story. Diana was 20 years old when William was born.

      • Ollie says:

        the problem is William and Kate weren´t really living together (not in London or Wales). They were never alone like a normal couple on an average day. They vacation together, but the rest of time he is in his helicopter or hunting and partying with friends, he has his own life away from Kate. Now they are married and they show up for the cameras, but most times Kate is and always was with her family.

        Don´t think they´ll manage their new life as parents as good as people like to believe. I think Kate can handle it, but William? There will be a baby and he has to quit his job soon… he hates his royal duties and he has to play happy family now for the cameras… don´t think he will like it.

  32. RobN says:

    Not sure what the first names will be, but I’d bet that Spencer will be a middle name regardless of whether it’s a boy or a girl.

    I think that William will want to throw in a nod to his mother and can include the family name without it being a big dust up.

    • mimi says:

      Actually, that would be really sweet.

      I have no idea if they thought about it- but that would probably what I would do had I been in his shoes.

  33. Ollie says:

    Victoria for a girl?

    There is only one Princess Victoria… in Sweden :-)

    Two Future Queens with the same name? No way.

  34. *Roxy* says:

    I’m too late to comment.. I wonder whether name Richard is OK for a royal? :(

    • Cali Diva says:

      The Queen’s first cousin is Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Not sure if they should repeat names of people who are still alive. Princess Alexandra, Honourable Lady Ogilvy is another first cousin of the Queen.

  35. molly says:

    I think they should call the baby if it is a boy HARRY, they wouldn’t be pinching Harry’s name because he is really HENRY !

  36. justaguest says:

    Michael William Spencer Charles or William Spencer Charles

    Victoria Alexandra Elizabeth Spencer

    “Diana”? For first born daughter? Is the monarchy really that forgiving????

  37. Lark says:

    It would be hilarious if this was their way of screwing with the press by making them wait…but I doubt it. I think she’s just overdue, it’s not uncommon for someone to go an extra week. My guess is she’ll give birth today or tomorrow.

  38. cjean says:

    Mary for a girl and Henry for a boy…but its going to be a girl. No Diana for this baby but maybe the spare.

  39. mimi says:

    Perhaps they were worried that Kate will be criticized if she would to give birth early (and people will say she worried more about staying thin than eating right, and that was the reason for the early birth date), and therefore, gave the impression she was due sooner than her due date?

  40. Ginger says:

    I have long work days but I too am checking my phone periodically to see if there’s any news

  41. DanaG says:

    You need to add another name for a boy cause boys have 4! I doubt Spencer will get a look in but Diana probably will. The Queen has to go I’m pretty sure Buckingham Palace and Windsor become tourist attractions for a few weeks each year and it coincides with the Queens visit to Scotland. Also Kate if she is anything like Diana will probably have the baby and leave the hospital the same day. She left 12 hours after having William and it was about the same with Prince Harry she wasn’t Kim K who needed a week for some reason. I’m hoping for a girl and I love the name Princess Charlotte Diana Elizabeth. I hope it’s soon I have plans next week.

    • FLORC says:

      Diana was out after being induced and having a complication free pregnancy and birth with William. She was also back to work in good time too. Kate will go from the hospital straight to her parent’s home and likely stay for the next 4 months. For all intents and purposes it’ll be like she never left the hospital since she will be cared for completely without needing to work at all.

      KimK needed more time because she had preeclampsia.

      Here’s another link focused on why she needed recovery time.
      Kate has shown no similarities in regards to Diana’s empathy, work ethic, or passion for charities. There’s no evidence she’ll start mimicking Diana’s now.

      • keepitsimplesilly says:

        FLORC have you checked the supposed poll conducted by DM on 13th july. Its so very ‘illuminating’. It seems that 53% of Brits dont want the cambridges to hire a nanny but be hands on parents. They also want Waity to ‘significantly cut back on her royal duties post delivery so she can be there for the kid. And the poll also said that brits want the mids to play an active role in the royal baby’s upbringinbg as opposed to Prince Charles!!!

        Well I do wonder how will waity “cut back” her royal duties since she hasn’t any in the first place!!


  42. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    Kate probably scheduled a c-section ages ago … but publicised an earlier due date so that when she does go for the “emergency c-section” there won’t be a public backlash that she was too posh to push.

  43. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    Considering the Queen is on the back-side of her 80s, I couldn’t blame her for wanting to continue on with her holiday plans. She’s got precious time left on this planet; sitting about, waiting on yet another grandchild shouldn’t be how she spends it.

  44. Vickyb says:

    I don’t know why anyone would lie forward on a due date, but the best piece of advice I was ever given was to add a fortnight on to my due date. I don’t believe in due dates anyway, so I would I was due in mid-October, when it was really late-September. It stopped the inevitable Overdue Hassle, which I certainly didn’t want. I’ve had friends with Mums/MILs who call EVERY DAY.

  45. Nancy says:

    I have read with interest some lovely baby names mentioned. I think Kate will have a girl July 25/13 unless the doctors induce labor earlier. My favorites are Alexandra Mary Elizabeth for a girl and Anthony Phillip Charles William for a boy. I don’t think they should use the name Diana at all. Its not a traditional Royal name. I believe Charles and Camilla will make wonderful grandparents….God Bless everyone