Happy Monday! The day dawned beautifully with the much anticipated press release from the Palace officially confirming what has been suspected for some time: Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child in April of 2015. As is always the case, they did not (and will not) release an actual due date. The second little Cambridge could be due any day of April, although we suspect given Kate's evening rendezvous at 148 Harley Street, that she is due mid to late April.
Still, this will leave us in a bit of a tough spot. Just like the Lindo Wing Watch started on the very 1st of July, April could prove to be quite the long stake-out. No one wants to bet the wrong way and miss out, plus the likelihood that Kate will deliver earlier than her due date only increases with subsequent pregnancies. All I ask is that the baby not be born on the 29th of April, because I do not like to mix my royal holidays. Let us spread the fun around.
Kate will most definitely not be at the State banquet on Tuesday night, since the Palace caught two birds with one stone and announced in the same press release that Kate has a conflicting engagement that evening:
The Duchess of Cambridge will also attend the Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday 21st October. Further details will be released in due course.
Kate often bundles her engagements when she feels well, either doubling up on the day of, or performing multiple engagements on consecutive or nearly consecutive days. It is a smart strategy to utilize that interrupted time and maximize the effort she has to put into hair, etc. On this occasion, however, it even further suggests that she is quite on the mend. Planning an evening event after her busy morning welcoming the Singapore State Visit contingent suggests that she is not worried about feeling overly fatigued come evening.
|Kate Arrives at the Natural History Museum|
To make matters even more exciting, while no tiara will be needed at the awards event, it is entirely possible that Kate will be wearing an evening gown. If she is, it will be the first time the Duchess has worn a floor length while pregnant. Of course there is the possibility she would wear a shorter skirt, as she has done to evening events in the past, but I am hoping the venue, so majestic and imposing, will push her to choose the more formal route.
Lastly, as you may or may not have seen reported last night on my Twitter feed, several enthusiastic fans spotted William and Kate at a pub just a few nights ago.
A young man had also tweeted about the sighting, but has since deleted his tweet. Probably, he found himself overwhelmed by the outpouring of fan-joy he received from starved Kate watchers. Poor guy...
Tomorrow is stacked up to be a very fantastic day. I know everyone here is just as excited as I am to finally get a proper Kate appearance. Immensely looking forward to it... try to keep calm and carry on for the remainder of today. ;)