The Duchess of Cambridge has made a round of public appearances the past week and her pregnancy is finally starting to show, much to the delight of royal bump watchers. Here's what you need to know about the royal baby bump.
1) Succession Laws Changed
— Moda Planeta Mujer (@bijouxroos) April 24, 2013
It was announced this week that the Queen of England would approve changes "in the coming days or weeks" to the British laws of succession, allowing a first-born heir to become king or queen. This means that whatever gender the Duchess' child is, he or she will be next in line to the British throne after Prince William.
This will be the first change to the laws in nearly 300 years. Canada has already given its blessing to the changes.
2) Due in July
— HELLO! (@hellomag) April 24, 2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to welcome their little Wales sometime in mid-July.
3) Mommy Dearest
Kate Middleton shows off her growing baby bump. Check it out! twitter.com/CarrieWTHR/sta…
— Carrie Cline (@CarrieWTHR) April 23, 2013
It was widely reported that Middleton will stay with her family in their new Berkshire estate after she gives birth, bucking royal tradition by not employing a maternity nurse or starting the child's life in a royal residence. Kate's mother, Carole will reportedly help with the new little one.
4) Third in Line
— Liz Lange (@lizlange) April 22, 2013
After Prince Charles and Prince William, the new baby royal will be third in line to the throne.
5) Gender Slip-Up?
The Duchess made a now infamous slip-up while on royal tour in Grimbsy after a well-wisher handed her a teddy bear, reportedly saying, "Thank you. I will take that for my d..." before quickly breaking off.
When asked directly if they knew the gender of their baby, Middleton replied, "No... we don't know."