Spring is fast approaching, and that means we are getting closer to the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s newest addition. And while all eyes are on the Duchess of Cambridge’s growing baby bump, here are the facts we can already reveal about Prince George’s baby brother or sister.
1. Hands-on parents
Just like with their first born, Will and Kate will be handling the feedings, diaper changes and all the other tasks involved with having a newborn as they have chosen to not hire a baby nurse. “As new parents, the Duke and the Duchess wish to enjoy being with their new baby and all that this entails,” a royal source exclusively told our sister publication in the U.K., HELLO! magazine. “There are no plans to advertise for a nanny or a maternity nurse.”
Prince George was close to 3 months old when William asked his former nanny Jessie Webb to help out, and then his current nanny Maria Borrallo came aboard when he was 8 months.
2. Pink or blue for baby No. 2
During one of her January appearances, Kate referred to her growing baby bump as “it” because she and her husband have decided once again not to not find out the gender in advance. She told one of the teens who made her way to Kensington Leisure Centre, “It's moving all the time," she said. "I can feel it kicking now."
During William’s Washington D.C. trip in December, the Prince also mentioned to President Obama that, when their first baby arrived he didn’t realize what he and Kate had at first. "I remember when George was born, I forgot to work out whether it was a boy or a girl," he explained. "The excitement of the event and everything else was just chaos. You are suddenly... well actually it's a boy."
3. Grandma to the rescue
Soon after Prince George was born, Kate and William made their way to her family home in Berkshire to bond with the little Prince and have assistance from her mother, Carole Middleton. William was able to spend two weeks of paternity leave there also bonding with his son. It is no surprise that Carole will be super-granny once again and very hands-on with her second grandchild. She can be seen taking her George to the local market and tending to the active tot.
As for Prince Charles, he also can’t wait to have another grandchild. In October, he shared, "I'm happy I'm going to be a grandfather again. I'm looking forward to it — but I hope it will be a girl this time."
4. Aries vs. Taurus
It’s been said that Kate will be giving birth toward the end of April and right around her and William’s fourth wedding anniversary on April 29, or near Queen Elizabeth’s 88th birthday on April 21, but the baby may make his or her appearance sooner.
Artist Paul Cummins, who created the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, mentioned that Kate was already suffering severe morning sickness at the beginning of August at his event. “Kate was not going to come as, though it had not been announced, she was already pregnant and suffering,” he told The Sunday Times. “But she insisted. It was her last public outing for a while.” The Palace issued a statement on September 8 saying the royals were adding to their family.
5. Royal announcement
The first person to know whether they in fact have welcomed a boy or girl is the Queen’s surgeon-gynecologist, Alan Farthing. The doctor delivered Prince George in July 2013 and will be on hand for their second child.
While Kate rests in the Lido Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, the world will be informed once Buckingham Palace releases the details. The royal source explained, “This information will also appear on an easel on the Buckingham Palace forecourt in the same way Prince George’s birth was announced.”
6. More toys than you can imagine
George will have to learn to share. There is no doubt that the 18-month-old toddler leads a privileged life that includes being doted on and receiving tons of toys from patrons and influencers. In 2014, it was noted that he was given 700 items from all over the world. Who could forget his giant Wombat stuffed animal, given to him in Australia? He was even given his own NBA basketball jersey from none other than Lebron James.
With the new baby, we can only imagine the gifts will double. Hopefully Will and Kate carved out plenty of space in their Kensington Palace nursery for the additions.
7. What’s in a name?
Prince George Alexander Louis is quite a regal name, and one definitely fit for a king. George has been in the family for centuries, while Kate liked the name Alexander. So perhaps we can expect Princess Alexandra? In 2013, London bookmakers had Elizabeth and Victoria as front-runners if they had a girl. Those, as well as Diana, in honor of William's late mother, are very possible contenders.
As soon as it was announced Kate was expecting again, the betting site Ladbrokes put James in the most favored name with 6 to 1 odds if the baby turns out to be a boy. Arthur follows with 8 to 1 and Charles and Thomas are tied with 10 to 1. If they have a little princess, another site, Paddy Power, listed Victoria, Charlotte, Alice and Alexandra as the top five possibilities.
Whatever his or her name or gender, we're all terribly excited to welcome another royal baby. Until then, we leave you with this guy for your daily dash of royal toddler cuteness: