Royal Baby: Duke and Duchess still don’t know child’s sex

16:18 19 June 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge, holds a badge that reads Baby on Board, given to her during a visit to Baker Street Tube Station in London to mark 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

The Duchess of Cambridge, holds a badge that reads Baby on Board, given to her during a visit to Baker Street Tube Station in London to mark 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Duchess of Cambridge is planning a natural birth for her baby but does not know if it will be a girl or a boy, sources have said.

A view of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA WireA view of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

There was some speculation Kate might have opted for a Caesarean section but sources confirmed give birth naturally at the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

After the princess appeared to stop herself saying the word daughter during an official engagement in March it was expected the royal baby would be female, but the couple want it to be a surprise when he or she is born sometime in mid July.

The baby will be born in the same London hospital where Princes William and Harry were born, and the Duchess’ medical team will be led by the Queen’s former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell.

William is expected to be at his wife’s bedside, and will take two week’s paternity leave.

The birth will be accompanied by an element of theatre, with a notice informing the nation that a new heir to the throne has been born placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Latest Stories

12:44
American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria (AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung, File)

The SAS is closing in on the man known as ‘John’, suspected of being from London, who brutally executed US journalist James Foley.

Read more
Ishak Ayiris is set to study at Eton College.  Photograph by Lucy Ray

A schoolboy who secured top marks in his GCSEs is set to follow in the footsteps of David Cameron and Boris Johnson after winning a scholarship to Eton worth £76,000.

Read more
18:49
The student was caught trying to board a flight at Stansted Airport with eight flares in his luggage (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

A student from north London was caught trying to board a plane at Stansted Airport with eight explosive flares and a terrorist manual.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more