Prince William and Kate prepare for arrival of newest royal
Alastair Grant, Associated Press
This July, Prince William and Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, will welcome their first child, the third in line to the British throne.
While the happy couple has followed traditional practices in the past, with a traditional marriage ceremony (except for two balcony kisses), they have decided to release more information than most royals, in regard to their first child.
The new information touches on similar questions that many new parents face, along with decisions that only the parents of a future monarch are forced to deal with.
Will they find out the gender before birth? How will they reveal it?
Many parents today have used creative methods to announce the genders of their new additions. In fact, gender-announcing parties have become a new trend, as parents color-code the frosting on a cake or the confetti in a balloon.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they are waiting until delivery to find out the gender, meaning not even the queen will know until the child is born.
Will Dad pace the hall or be in the room with his wife?
William has announced that he wants to be a part of the delivery. Their child will be delivered in a private wing of St. Mary's hospital in central London, the same birthplace of William and his brother, Prince Harry. Dr. Marcus Setchell, the royal family gynecologist since 1990, will deliver the baby, the Associated Press reported.
Prince Charles, William's father, first broke the tradition of waiting outside by choosing to be with his wife, Princess Diana, for the birth of both of their children.
Several sources have also announced Kate will give birth naturally. The Daily Mail reports, "Sources close to the royal mother-to-be suggest that she is definitely not 'too posh to push' and wants — unless nature intervenes — a natural birth rather than an elective caesarean section like many celebrity figures."
Plans have also been made to have her mother and sister available in case William is on duty and unable to arrive in time for the birth.
How will the world know the heir to the throne has been born?
While tradition will be upheld in letting the world know of the royal birth, the Duke and Duchess have also decided to announce the birth on Twitter.
Officials have said that there will be no advance notice of Kate's arrival at the hospital, but media will be made aware once the duchess has been admitted and settled in her room.
After the delivery, a royal aide will leave the hospital with a police escort and a signed bulletin on foolscap-sized paper, carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin will then be posted on an easel, for all of the public to see, in front of the palace, the Associate Press reported.
At the same time of the posting of the bulletin, the announcement will be made on Twitter, formally notifying the media. This is where the child's gender will be announced, along with the weight and time of birth.
What about the royal name?
It has not been made clear as to when the name of the child will be announced, but if Kate and William decide to continue with tradition, it may be a week after the birth before the announcement is made.
Dad's time off?
As many dads do, William plans to take paternity leave for two weeks, after which he will return to his military duties.
The couple has not announced where they will be staying after the arrival of their newborn, although there has been speculation that Kate will spend time with her mother.
As for their time in the hospital, Kate is sure to be well taken care of. The exclusive Lindo Wing at St. Mary's hospital offers a room with its own bath or private suite, with a range of facilities and services, according to CNN. The price of the care package for the first 24 hours begins at $7,777 and increases with larger rooms. An additional night's stay costs at least $1,400.
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