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.

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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.

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