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Palace Announces Kate's Due Month, AND A Royal Engagement at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

Monday, October 20, 2014

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. ;) 

26 comments:

  1. It seems most people would have worked that out, but confirmation is nice. Hope she is not very late, as we may then get an election day baby.
    Hope two engagements in one day don't make her worse again.
    Re floor length dress, I think she wore a green one to the Sports Personality presentation in 2012, whilst pregnant with George.

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    1. Hi Maggie! April is the magic month for royals, so this poor child has much to try and avoid. :)
      I don't count the forest green McQueen as a maternity evening dress imply because she was not showing. I sort of start the maternity wear with the grey MaxMara in which we could first see she was pregnant. This has confused others in the past, I should clarify more often.

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    2. Hi Jane,

      Love your posts, but I don't think she'd be showing just yet...do you? I know subsequent pregnancies women typically show more, but I don't think we'll see any bump this early -- just because the way she's built. I am just happy to see her at all!!

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  2. Haha 'let us spread the fun around', you make me laugh Jane :D.

    Yess, two engagements tomorrow and one with an evening gown :D. Glad she is feeling so much better!

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    1. Good! I am always hope people are laughing along with me and not rolling their eyes. ;)
      I am pretty stoked for tomorrow, as I am sure you know!
      See you then! xoxo, Jane

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  3. Regarding the day of birth, I am with you all the way, Jane. Not only do I hope that this baby is not born on the 29th, but I would also prefer to see the baby manage to avoid the 21st of April, the Queens birthday, and the 9th of April, the wedding anniversary of Charles and Camilla.

    In my home, birthdays were a big deal; as a child, the two most important dates on my calendar were Christmas and my birthday--everything else came a distant third, and I sincerely pitied anyone born on December 25th; imagine having to share your big day with Santa Claus, altho sharing it with the Queen could be, for this child, every bit as bad.

    I hope the kid pulls a fast one and waits until May 1st to put in an appearance.

    Waiting with bated breath to see if Kate puts in two appearances tomorrow; I do think she will do her level best, altho I wouldn't be terribly surprised if both appearances were of short duration.

    JC

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    1. My sister was born on the 28th of December. We had to be very careful not to give her one gift as a Christmas/birthday. Poor kid often felt cheated... :) May 1st would actually be really fun!

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  4. I'm glad to know that she is feeling better and am so excited to see 2 outfits tomorrow!! Hopefully she will feel well enough to take on even more engagements in the near future so we don't have to go so long without something new.

    I do think she has worn a long pregnancy outfit before though. She wore the teal McQueen to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in December shortly after her pregnancy with George was announced, although she wasn't showing at the time. I wonder if this time she will be showing a bit more. :-)

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    1. She did, but I start the maternity wears with the grey MaxMara just because she wasn't showing at all. I guess the McQueen tartan, the pale MaxMara, and the forest green McQueen are all in a shady zone for me. Kind of maternity, kind of not...
      I think I overly confuse the situation. :)

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  5. You're a gem, Jane! I, too, am excited to see Kate! I hope she pulls out all of the stops and blows us away. :)

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    1. Well, thank you, Rebecca! Very appreciated! I am glad you enjoyed the post. ;) ~Jane

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    2. Thanks Jane---throughout the two whole months when we haven't seen Catherine, you have given us a lot of interesting information.

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  6. I choose April 11 as the birth date, since that's my birthday!

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    1. I will choose that date too!! Wouldn't that be great to have the same birthday as the future prince or princess!! Maybe we can get Kate to eat some spicy eggplant dishes early in April lol

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    2. I choose April 14 as that's when my baby is due!

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  7. So glad kates up n about!! Let's hope we see a lot of her b4 her maternity leave. Ann London

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  8. I am holding my breath for tomorrow.. I can't wait to see her and am so glad to hear she is feeling better. HG can be so unpredictable,but if it rears it's ugly head people will be understanding, I feel she is trying to do her best to be a good mother and wife.

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  9. Okay, I don't normally comment, and I really do like Kate, but I have to say this. I do not buy this HG thing anymore. Don't get me wrong, I think Kate had severe morning sickness, just not HG. She seems to be over it, since she was spotted at a pub already, and yet the Palace says she is still suffering from it. I am not saying Kate made it up, but rather the Palace. Her doctors have never said she had it, only the Palace. With George at 6 weeks pregnant, she was in the hospital. Yet with this pregnancy at 6 weeks, she was at a pub drinking wine and carrying heavy luggage through a train station. And yet supposedly it is worse this time around. Something just doesn't make sense. The HER website even says that most women have HG through the 1st semester and yet Kate on both pregnancies only had it between 4-6 weeks. This new pregnancy she didn't even have it until around 2 months in. Where as everyone woman that I have talked to with HG had it right away. I know that I am going to get attacked by those who think Kate can do no wrong, however, if you stop and look at all the obvious facts for second, it really does not add up. Again, I really do like Kate, but what we are being told with what we see does not add up. I am not dissing on Kate, so please no personal attacks. I just have to say what's on my mind.

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    1. I don't have a problem with what you said, because you were respectful. I think we're allowed to have different takes on some things, because there is so much we don't know (we're not behind closed doors). I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I do believe that a lot of things (in life) are not as they're presented.

      I'm not going to deny she has bad morning sickness or HG, and like a lot of things I believe it can vary person to person. I also do not believe Kate would intentionally want the world to know she's pregnant before that ever-popular 12 week mark. That being said, I could see the Palace exaggerating things for a good excuse to get the press/public to back off and be respectful.

      Thing is, we'll probably never know either way :-)

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    2. I think you are misinformed about HG. According to the americanpregnancy.org, web md and the HER website (which you obviously didn't actually read) symptoms of HG usually appear between 4-6 weeks of pregnancy and may peak between 9-13 weeks. Most women receive some relief between 14-20 weeks. So.....sounds about right. Not to mention you do not know the length of her cycle and have no way of knowing for sure when the HCG was in her system to trigger the HG. So just because she was in Hospital at 6 weeks last time and not this time....does not means she is faking it. Also...why would her Doctors confirm it as you stated? On what planet would it be appropriate for a member of a medical team to publicly comment on a member of the royal family? All information always goes through the palace, as it should. Each pregnancy and each woman is different.....so whatever "research" you did by supposedly asking other women with HG would not apply to Kate or me or some random woman in Japan who may have HG. And just because the media says she is 12 weeks doesn't mean she is. Perhaps she is 11 weeks, or 13.....really it doesn't matter. The bottom line is HG is a serious issue for many pregnant women and trying to compare one case to another is absurd and pointless. It doesn't matter if it is Kate Middleton or your neighbor, we should all hope that women who suffer from this are able to maintain a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Keep the conspiracy theories on another site.

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    3. You report some facts wrong and others that don't make sense.

      1. Carrying luggage: that was BEFORE she felt ill
      2. Out at a pub: BEFORE and AFTER. She was at a pub this weekend? Indeed, she'll work tomorrow. Indeed, the Palace said she's better.
      3. Do you often speak personally with other people's doctors? OBVIOUSLY we know about Kate via the Palace - nobody working for the Royal Family can speak publicly about their work eith them, doctors included.
      4. The illness is DIFFERENT FROM CASE TO CASE. It's the first thing you learn about HG.
      5. Honestly, if the Palace wanted fir some readon to fool us all, they could have simply said Kate had to stay home for severe morning sickness, or just as a precautionary measure. No need to invent HG if it weren't true.

      Camilla

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    4. I totally agree with the two Anon posts here. Do I think that Kate was absolutely miserable and could not have possibly put on a happy face for the cameras the past 2 months? Absolutely. Do I think that Kate had HG - true HG where those with it lose 10% of their body weight because they literally cannot eat or move or do anything at all whatsoever for months on end? No. (I actually think she had a stomach flu the first time she was hospitalized with George as one's immune system is pretty much worthless during these beginning stages of pregnancy.)

      It is my firm opinion (judge away) that Kate had the type of morning sickness where she was beyond nauseous and vomited several times a day and overall felt like she had no desire at all whatsoever to leave the house. (By the way, that is NOT HG, that is actually pretty normal during pregnancy.) Lucky for Kate, she is in a position where she does not have to work at an outside job and therefore had the luxury of taking time to rest.

      I do think that KP decided to call it HG purely for PR purposes. If they had said that Kate had morning sickness, the papers would have had a field day, and working mothers would have been quite bitter about having to drag themselves to work only to have to run to the bathroom to vomit any time someone microwaved some popcorn or had on strong cologne or really just for any reason at all.

      Do I think that most women have no choice but to drag themselves to work regardless of morning sickness? Yes. But their jobs are not Kate's "job" - they do not have to be camera perfect ready to be photographed in front of the entire world who will be ready to pounce on a hair out of place or a haggard looking Kate. (Remember the red coat on the bus last year?) (And let's be completely honest, those women dragging themselves to work want a camera absolutely NOWHERE near them because they look so awful.)

      So do I think that Kate was right to allow the world to believe she has HG? I actually don't mind at all. I probably would have done the same thing, to be honest.

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  10. "Maternity wear" with Kate seems to be tricky to define, as most of what she wore was off-the-rack or modified "normal" dresses. Like when she'd have a designer take a normal dress (like the Erdem sheath) and have them make room for a bump - which sometimes looked awkward. Maybe she'll embrace more true maternity wear this time - time will tell! I'd love to see more outfits a la Emilia Wickstead at Art Room, Seraphine, etc. Empire waist was so much cuter/appropriate in my opinion.

    Can't wait for the upcoming events!

    And, oh my gosh, I always LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing that photo of Kate entering the church. Her happiness, how Mike is looking at his daughter...I hope that is framed in the Middleton home!

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  11. Thanks for a great post Jane!! As soon as I saw the news this morning, I came to this site right away and of course you had information posted way before anybody else. :)

    I really hope that Kate wears a new frock tomorrow, after such a drought I want to see something new and lovely!! If not, then I'll pout. LOL It would be great if she wore a long dress tomorrow night, maybe with a great diamond necklace on loan from the queen. In the pictures of her visiting the doctor her legs looked a little fuller than normal, so I'm hoping that she hasn't lost too much weight and indeed might even have a bit of a baby bump.

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  12. Carmen, The NetherlandsOctober 21, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    I love reading about them eating in a local pub, since we're currently on honeymoon in Scotland and eating in local pubs ourselves on a regular basis : D
    By the way, I can't wait to see her again, so excited!!!

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  13. Kate is back!!!
    http://iptv.orf.at/#/stories/2250539/

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