Kate Middleton and Prince William made their first appearances in several weeks after it was announced that she would be having a second child.
However, the rumor mill is churning about what the child’s name might be.
According to gossip site Celeb Dirty Laundry, “We already know that Queen Elizabeth wants the baby daughter to be named after her late sister, Margaret. Or at the very least, the Queen will want the baby to be named after herself, Elizabeth.”
The site said that “we’re hearing exclusively that after the royal family found out that the baby would be a girl, Camilla Parker-Bowles began pressuring Prince William and Kate Middleton to name their baby daughter ‘Camilla’. Seriously, the nerve of her, no?”
For his part, Prince William wants to name the child Diana after his late mother, according to he website. “Kate, on the other hand, probably wants to name her daughter something flowery and original, and in no way related to the royal family. And Queen Elizabeth, bless her heart, will want a royal, aristocratic name for her great-granddaughter,” it says.
There’s been no confirmation that Kate will be having a girl.
Celeb Dirty Laundry can also be hit or miss with its sources.
Meanwhile, Kensington Palace issued a statement saying Kate will be expecting her second child in April 2015.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” the palace said, according to People magazine. It adds: “The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”
Hyperemisis Gravidarum is essentially extreme morning sickness that affects only a small percentage of pregnant women.
“Quite frankly, the comparison of hyperemesis to morning sickness is like breaking your arm in several places and then being told you’ve just knocked your funny bone. Hopefully, this increased media attention will help the poor expectant mums, who like me, were wiped out by the condition,” wrote Miriam Phillips for the Guardian a few weeks ago.
There’s also been rumors that she’ll be having twins.
According to Vanity Fair, it “would seem to indicate that the chatter Kate might be expecting twins (fueled by British oddsmakers) is, in fact, unfounded, and our dreams of Prince Harry emerging from the hospital in some fleece-y vest with a goofy grin on his face, newborn niece on one arm and newborn nephew on the other, have sadly been dashed.”
Ahead of their arrival at Buckingham Palace, Dr Tan and Mrs Mary Tan were greeted by Prince William and his wife Kate, marking the pregnant Duchess’ first public appearance in more than two months.
Britain’s Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary Tan at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANTHONY DEVLIN
LONDON: President Tony Tan Keng Yam received a full ceremonial welcome hosted by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday (Oct 21), marking the start of his state visit to the United Kingdom. The state visit is the first for a Singapore head of state, and comes ahead of Singapore celebrating its Golden Jubilee next year.
President Tan and Mrs Mary Tan were first greeted by Prince William and his wife Kate at the Royal Garden Hotel. This is the Duchess’ first public appearance in more than two months – she has been suffering from acute morning sickness. The royal couple announced they were expecting their second child last month, and the baby is in April next year.
President Tan and Mrs Tan got a grand ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade, where they were received by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. President Tan inspected the Guard of Honour, accompanied by the Duke, before heading to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession.
Carriage ride prepared for President Tony Tan and his wife to Buckingham Palace (Photo: Olivia Siong)
At Buckingham Palace, the President was introduced by the Queen and the Duke to the members of their household. Later on Tuesday, President Tan will visit Westminster Abbey, which will hold a memorial for the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles.
President Tan will later address the UK Parliament, meet Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and be hosted to a state banquet by the Queen.
Unlike dad-to-be Ryan Reynolds, Princess Kate and Prince William have already shown that they prefer the traditional route when it comes to baby names. (Though we think Excalibur would make an awesome name for a future prince or princess.)
So what will the royal parents choose for their second child, who is set to join first-born Prince George, 15 months, in April?
British betting firm Ladbrokes has named the top five odds-on favorites for each gender, with Elizabeth claiming the No. 1 spot for a girl and James No. 1 for a boy.
Elizabeth, of course, is the reigning monarch’s name – and William’s grandmother.
“They will perhaps want to pay tribute by going along that route,” says Joe Little, managing editor of the respected royal chronicle Majesty magazine.
“Or maybe this is the time to bring in a Middleton name. But I can’t for the life of me see a Carole or Michael,” adds Little, referring to Kate’s parents.
As for the speculation surrounding Diana, in honor of William’s late mother, “it would have all sorts of associated baggage,” Little says. “But it could be Elizabeth Diana, for example. There has never been a Princess Diana,” – that wasn’t her official title, an ongoing source of debate with Kate – “and they may want one.”
Next September, the Queen will outrank Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch. Choosing Victoria “would be a historical nod to that milestone,” Little notes.
The couple could also try a nod to history and literature with the name Arthur.
“There have been Prince Arthurs in the past,” Little says, “and that’s a possibility.”
So maybe Excalibur isn’t off the table just yet?
Check out our poll below for the Top 10 odds-on favorite names, according to Ladbrokes.
Reporting by SIMON PERRY
For much more on Princess Kate’s road to recovery, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands Friday
Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have announced that their baby is due in April 2015, providing them with a fourth anniversary present of sorts. They were married on April 29, 2011.
The couple did not reveal whether they are expecting a boy or girl, but the palace ruled out twins, making today’s announcement using the word “baby.”
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” palace officials wrote in the press release.
Kate, who has battled severe morning sickness since the pregnancy was announced Sept. 8, continues to be affected by hypermisis gravidarum, but her condition is “steadily improving,” according to the statement released by Kensington Palace.
Kate was last seen in August and has had to cancel a number of engagements due to sickness, including her first solo foreign tour to Malta on behalf of the queen. Prince William went in her place.
The duchess plans to return to engagements for the first time on Tuesday, welcoming the president of Singapore and his wife with the Duke of Cambridge for their state visit with the queen. They will then travel to Horse Guards Parade, where the president will receive a ceremonial welcome. William and Kate visited the president and Mrs. Tan on the first leg of their Asian and South Pacific Jubilee Tour to Singapore in September 2012.
Kate is also planning to attend the Wildlife of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum Tuesday evening. Kate is a patron of the museum. The queen will be holding a state dinner for President and Mrs. Tan at Buckingham Palace, but The duke and duchess are not expected.
The baby will be the second for the royal couple, joining 1-year-old George. The baby will be fourth in line to the British throne after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and big brother George. It is called “an heir and a spare,” with George in direct line to the throne and the new baby his alternate.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second child is due in April next year, Kensington Palace has said.
A statement from the palace said Kate is still being affected by hyperemisis gravidarum – a complication of pregnancy which causes vomiting and nausea – but her condition is “improving”.
It read: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.
“The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by hyperemesis gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”
She had to cancel a series of engagements after her pregnancy was announced on September 8 because of the condition, which she also suffered during her pregnancy with son George.
But she is expected to join her husband to officially welcome the President of Singapore Tony Tan as he begins a four-day state visit to the UK on Tuesday.
The illness causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine.
It affects 3.5 out of each 1,000 pregnancies.
The confirmation could suggest that Kate has had her 12-week scan. The baby could therefore be due around the end of April, and could even arrive around William and Kate’s fourth wedding anniversary on 29 April.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary on 9 April.