Have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, hinted that they are expecting a baby girl? On Tuesday morning (April 28), William and Kate sent a sweet delivery of cakes and coffee for royal fans that were gathered outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital.
The couple, who arranged the breakfast to let the crowds know “they were thinking of them,” had the boxes of pastries wrapped in a pink ribbon, in what may have been a clue about the unborn child’s gender.
As Kate, 33, is thought to be several days past her due date, speculation over the name and sex of the baby is at an all-time high, with many royal watchers – including grandfather Prince Charles! – hoping that it will be a little girl this time around.
There have been several “feminine” hints leading up to Kate’s delivery date. According to the Daily Mail, the mom-to-be reportedly ordered a selection of pink paint samples to redecorate Amner Hall, which the family of four will call home upon the baby’s arrival. The three hues of paint colour she chose were all named after girls – Henrietta, Antoinette and Emile – and varied in shade from “beautiful, rich complex pink” to “old-fashioned rose” and “warm soft aubergine.”
Bookmakers seem to agree that a daughter is imminent. While William and Kate have not revealed the sex of their baby and are thought to be keeping it a surprise – much like they did with their firstborn, Prince George – punters seem more eager to place bets on girls' names. The front-runner for boy’s names is currently Richard at 10/1, while Alice is the female favourite by far with odds at 4/1.
Furthermore, those who believe a mom-to-be’s shape gives clues to the gender of a baby – an approach that admittedly relies more on anecdote than science – are increasingly convinced that Prince George will be sharing his toys with a little girl. It’s commonly thought that extra weight out front means one is carrying a boy, where weight that is more evenly distributed around the hips indicates a girl. Kate’s baby bump, of course, has been quite small right up until the end. (“I sometimes forget I’m pregnant!” she has even said.)
However, let's not forget that the Duchess Kate has also carefully crafted her maternity wardrobe to flatter her changing shape, choosing chic A-line dresses for later public appearances, and she had a similarly small bump when she was carrying Prince George.
While the duchess has remained mum despite being asked about the baby's gender at various engagements, could the punchy pink ensemble she wore when she stepped out for the last time before her maternity leave speak louder than words?
Another old wive's tale suggests that sugar cravings mean a girl is on the way. The duchess has reportedly been joking with friends that she's carrying a daughter because she's been craving chocolate biscuits and sticky fruit loaves – especially since Kate isn't known to have a sweet tooth and is normally more keen to opt for a salty treat.
It is believed that Kate is now several days overdue and doctors will not want to wait too long before they induce her. Until then, baby enthusiasts will have to wait patiently for the monarchy's official Twitter accounts to relay news about the labour and birth.