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Is Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby going to be a boy? When’s the due date? Baby names and more

Prince William and Kate welcome their third child, we’re taking a look at everything you need to know about the new royal baby. The couple’s joyous news was revealed last September, with a palace statement reading: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

The statement also noted that Kate, 36, was suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum – a form of severe morning sickness – and would not be able to carry out any planned engagements in the near future.

The doting mum sadly missed accompanying her son Prince George, four, on his first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea. But six weeks later, Kate was on fighting form and back on the royal circuit.

Click through our gallery to find out the royal baby’s due date, possible names, hospital details and more…

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the public were kept in the dark about the royal baby’s gender until he or she was born. William and Kate have remained tight-lipped about their baby’s gender, however, the Duchess has appeared to favour blue for several royal engagements, prompting speculation that she is hinting she is expecting a boy.

Ulrika Johnson, who predicted her own pregnancies correct, thinks Kate is having a boy, and told HELLO! that it is all about the shape of the baby bump. She said: “I remember my English grandmother talking about how, when the baby is ‘out front’ as opposed to ‘spread evenly’, it was a boy.”

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Kate is due in April 2018.

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Kate had discussed a home birth, to “save massive intrusion into the day-to-day running of any hospital where she gave birth,” however it’s more likely that she will give birth at St Mary’s.

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same medical team that delivered Prince George and Princess Charlotte – Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston. As consultants, neither obstetrician is referred to by the title ‘doctor’; instead they are called ‘Mr’. A team of midwives will also be on hand on the day.

Mr Farthing – the former fiancé of the late TV presenter Jill Dando, who was murdered in 1999 – is a consultant at St Mary’s Hospital as well as Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in Shepherd’s Bush. He also has a private practice in Harley Street.

He has worked as the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist since 2008, taking over Sir Marcus Setchell, who was the monarch’s former surgeon-gynaecologist for 18 years. Mr Farthing is one of the youngest medics to treat the royal family. He qualified as a doctor in 1986, became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1991 and a fellow in 2003.

Mr Thorpe-Beeston, meanwhile, specialises in high-risk pregnancies, as well as multiple pregnancies and recurrent miscarriages, and is based at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 and sub-specialised in foetal medicine at King’s College Hospital, obtaining his MD in 1991.

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Carole Middleton, and there’s every reason to believe that Grandma will be on hand the third time around.

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Eugenie are contenders; so, too, are the couple’s siblings.

Kate may want her sister Pippa or brother James to play a more official role in her third child’s life. Prince Harry, who has said he’d “love to have kids,” is close to his nephew and niece – and, as a neighbour at Kensington Palace, would also be on hand to babysit. Harry’s new fiancée Meghan Markle, who will officially join the royal family in May, could also be a ‘maybe’.

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Vicky Parker

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