Royal Baby Countdown: Your guide to the Duke and Duchess's birth plans

By Carli Whitwell

It’s been almost two years since the world waited on pins and needles to hear the happy news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, had welcomed their first child, Prince George. Now, it’s time to get ready to celebrate all over again!

And, with just weeks left to go until Prince William and Kate become parents again, Hello! Canada has the insider scoop on all the details of the royal birth.


Prince William and a heavily pregnant Kate at an Afghanistan Service.

Kate’s official maternity leave starts after March 27 – she has three engagements across London that day – but it may be some time before we meet her little prince or princess. The duchess personally revealed her due date to be “mid-to-end April,” and as she said during her first pregnancy, “babies have their own agendas!

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When the baby does come, keep your eyes peeled to your Twitter feed – the palace plans the share the news electronically. Photo ops come after. George will likely visit his new sibling in hospital, as will the proud grandparents, Prince Charles and Camilla and Michael and Carole Middleton, and then William and Kate will introduce their baby.


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It’s thought that the royal couple will also change up their parenting strategy with their newest member. The couple are said to be planning on taking their newborn home to their newly renovated home, Anmer Hall, on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. Kate’s parents are already thought to be at the 10-bedroom mansion, which will be a sanctuary for the young mom and close to William’s new job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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For more information on Prince William and Kate as they prepare for baby, read our special royal baby guide in the new double issue of Hello! Canada, on newsstands Thursday (March 26).

Senior writer Carli Whitwell (@CarliWhitwell) has been a pop culture junkie since childhood, when she fell head over heels for Home Improvement's Jonathan Taylor Thomas. She helms our movie and health sections.

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