Curious George

The Duke of Cambridge has spent the weekend visiting Malta in place of his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, after Catherine was forced to pull out of what would have been her first solo foreign engagement.

Kate is still suffering the effects of severe morning sickness, which made travelling to Malta to mark the 50th anniversary of its independence impossible.

Prince William has, however, promised to return to Malta with his family. In yet another sign that Prince George may be proving to be a bit of a handful, William joked: “Malta might not survive Prince George. There are too many precious things around here.”

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Kate cross to miss Malta visit?

Kensington Palace has today said that the Duchess of Cambridge will no longer visit Malta this weekend. Catherine, who as we know is pregnant with her second child, continues to suffer from the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness), and the decision not to travel was taken by the Duke and Duchess on the advice of the Duchess’s doctors.

The Duchess had been due to undertake her first official solo overseas visit, to mark the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence. The Duke of Cambridge will undertake the visit instead, and will visit the national library to see letters from past British monarchs Henry VIII and George II, take part in Independence Day celebrations and a complete a number of walkabouts.

“The duke is honoured to represent Her Majesty the Queen on the visit, which

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commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence.

“The visit itinerary remains unchanged,” the palace added in the statement.

Get Well Soon, Kate!


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Prince Charles would like a Granddaughter this time round!

Prince Charles has nailed his colours to the mast- and they are pink! Speaking at an engagement in London, he said that he was “happy” and “thrilled”  that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second baby.

When chatted to wellwishers, Charles replied to one offer of congratulations on becoming a Grandfather by pointing out “I am already!” He continued: “But it’s wonderful to have another one. I’m looking forward to it — but I hope it will be a girl this time.”

The Prince of Wales at least has a 50% chance of his wish coming true, and as with the Duchess of Cambridge’s first pregnancy bookmakers are taking bets on whether the new Royal Baby will be a boy or a girl, names, weight, date of birth, etc etc… if you’ve got the money and a hunch, the bookies will be willing to offer odds!

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New Royal Baby due date?

Most Mums-to-be be like to wait until the 12 week mark before announcing a pregnancy, in which case the Duchess of Cambridge’s second child would be due towards the end of March 2015. However, as with her first pregnancy, Catherine is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum  - severe morning sickness- which we believe has led to the announcement coming from Clarence House before the ‘magic’ 3 month mark. It’s far more likely, then, that Prince George’s brother or sister will be making an appearance later in Spring, possibly around the beginning of May.

As with Kate’s first pregnancy, we expect that an official due date won’t be announced, which will keep the media on their toes!

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Royal Baby number 2 on the way for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Congratulations to William and Catherine! Clarence House issued the following statement today:-

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

There is an old saying  (dating from the days when succession was a big deal, and a King would want his lineage to keep the crown)  that a King’s wife was duty bound to produce “an Heir and a spare” Some things in the British Monarchy don’t change! ;-)

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Royal Baby Number 2 on the way?

No, this doesn’t mean a nappy change for George is imminent!

As you know, we rarely speculate here at a Royal Baby blog- we rely on good old facts! But when a venerable newspaper such as The Times reports that bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes have both suspended betting on whether the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant - well, we sit up and take notice!

According to popular rhyme, a King needs “an heir and a spare” :-) could an announcement from Buckingham Palace be in the offing?

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A new Royal Baby!

Congratulations are once again in order! The Press Secretary to the Queen released the announcement of the birth of Mr and Mrs Tindall’s first baby, 17 January 2014.

“Mrs Michael Tindall today safely delivered a baby girl at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Mr Tindall was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 7lbs 12oz.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike’s parents, Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.

This baby is the first child for Zara and Mike, the third grandchild for The Princess Royal and the fourth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and is 16th line to the Throne.”

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Royal Baby commemorative range extended ahead of the much awaited Christening

To celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge in July, the Royal Collection Trust has added two special limited-edition pieces to the official range of commemorative royal baby china.

A  commemorative bowl (with a price of £145.00, an edition of 500) and oval pillbox (£95.00, an edition of 1,000) have now been added to the exclusively designed range, ahead of the Christening of Prince George, which will take place on Wednesday this week.


These new items are decorated with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s coronet, supported by the lion and unicorn from the Royal Arms. Prince George’s name and birth date are incorporated into the designs, and oak leaves, part of the Middleton coat of arms, decorate the edges of each item.

The pieces are made using techniques dating back more than 200 years, hand-made and gilded in 22-carat gold in Stoke-on-Trent.

The royal baby range of china already consists of a pillbox (£30.00), a small loving cup (£39.00), a dessert plate (£45.00) and a limited-edition loving cup (£195.00)


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