If you want to put the Queen back in hospital, tell her you’re having a girl rather than a son who can carry on the royal lineage. We don’t know that that’s the case, of course, but Kate Middleton may or may not have inadvertently hinted that this baby of hers is of the lady variety.
From The Telegraph:
It was the merest slip of the tongue, but the Duchess of Cambridge may just have given away the sex of her baby as she chatted to a member of the public on a visit to Grimsby on Tuesday.
After being given a teddy bear as a gift, the Duchess said: “Thank you, I’ll take that for my d …” She stopped herself before going any further, but when a well-wisher asked if she was in the process of saying “daughter” she replied: “We’re not telling.”
The Duchess, who is due to give birth in July, also claimed not to know the sex of her baby, who will one day be monarch, but her comment will be seized upon by royal watchers the world over who are eager for any clues about whether she is expecting a boy or a girl. Precedent dictates that the sex of royal babies is never announced in advance.
The Duchess also said her baby had been kicking “very much” and joked to a fan that she might have to wait a long time before she is queen.
Hmm. Maybe it was a legit tongue-tied moment or perhaps she really is having a girl. So long as it looks better than this CGI rendering, I think we’re in business. This baby needs to get born already. If it’s a girl, how much do we want to wager on Diana being the middle name?
March 6, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
A South African geneticist has nothing better to do with his time, apparently, because he’s managed to put together a composite of what Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s baby might look like throughout its life. Suretha Erasmus from Johannesburg composed photos that account for variations of skin and hair colours but did not take into account the fact that this looks like shit.
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The f-ck is this? Did they just cut out the shapes of William and Kate’s photos and put some Glamour Shot wigs on top of the young adult photos? ‘Cos that’s sure what it looks like. If this is the kind of equipment geneticists are working with, I fear for the field. We can grow new body parts from stem cells, but we can’t get a computer program that makes composites that don’t look like someone’s Livejournal fan art.
February 28, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Prince William and Kate – I’m sorry, Catherine - Middleton decided to take a break from the shit weather the UK’s been getting this winter (and, okay, always) and have a little holiday in Mustique, the private $50,000 per night island in the Caribbean. Of course, where the stars go, the cameras will follow and as the future of the monarchy, eyes were heavily on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they always are – even more so now that there’s a royal baby on the way.
The Italian magazine Chi came under intense scrutiny this week after publishing photos of the pair strolling the beach, Kate in a bikini, offering the first glimpse of the royal baby bump. The UK went absolutely buck wild, lashing out at the publication for violating the royal family’s privacy and calling for an immediate ban of the photos. Blah blah blah.
As you may or may not remember, this is not the first time private pictures have been published in the press. Still, this situation pretty much has about 0% in common with that incident, given that the previous photos were taken by photographers hiding in bushes, peeking into a private villa of a topless Kate Middleton. Chi’s pictures were taken on the beach where Kate and William mingled with other beach-goers in public view and probably would have known there might be cameras – professional or iPhone – on the loose.
Here’s the thing, though: who really cares? I’m pretty much full-blown English at this point, having lived in the UK quite a bit and planning to move here for good, and while I love the royal family and support the monarchy in its limited capacity, I just don’t get it. The UK is so hypersensitive about these photos that when ITV’s This Morning accidentally displayed the Chi cover unblurred yesterday, they issued a network-wide “unreserved” apology for their disrespectful error. Like, what? I don’t see you apologising to Lady GaGa for showing pictures of her falling off her God-awful hoof shoes or Lindsay Lohan falling out of yet another club with a nose full of coke.
I get that the nature of their role as public figures is more dignified and upstanding than most typical celebrities, and I also fully appreciate the invasiveness of the paparazzi and the inappropriateness of private snooping on stars for the sake of that one photo to make them big money. It’s a serious problem, and no one is arguing that. But seeing Kate Middleton in a bikini is not going to make the UK economy collapse or the anarchists to come to power. In fact, the bigger fuss is made about it, the more they’ll circulate and the bigger an issue it’ll become.
February 14, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Naturally, the photos are a farce, and while the lookalikes are rather good, there’s still something missing. Like, oh, I don’t know, realism. Do you really think that Kate would be serving f-cking potatoes while Prince William kicks back at the dinner table? No, for two reasons: the Duchess doesn’t seem to roll like that (meaning any man of hers will serve himself or get f-cked), and also, they probably have someone to feed them. Last, poor Kate probably can’t keep anything as heavy and starchy as potatoes down these days, but hey. Who am I to rip the photos? They’re fun and they’re frivolous and if there’s anything we need more these days than fun and frivolity, I can’t imagine what it could be.
Love them and these pictures. Too fun.
December 18, 2012 at 11:30 am by Sarah
Britain’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton are expecting their first child after 19 months of marriage, the palace announced Monday.
The royal revelation came as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to a central London hospital with acute morning sickness Monday afternoon. She is expected to be in King Edward VII Hospital for several days, the palace announcement said. William and Catherine were married on April 29, 2011, in London’s biggest royal wedding in three decades.
The baby would be the first grandchild for the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. “As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter,” the statement said.
She is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, Clarence House told CNN, so the palace is not announcing a due date for the child. Prince William is at the King Edward VII hospital with Catherine, the palace says.
The news immediately became a top trending topic worldwide on Twitter.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to tweet his joy: “‘I’m delighted by the news that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.’#royalbaby”
British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband tweeted “Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country. A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate.”
Ooh, gosh, how exciting! Can you imagine how adorable a Will and Kate baby’s going to be? And Kate‘s going to be such a great mom! I can’t wait to see her bump and glow! It almost makes me want to get pregnant all over again! (Almost. Almost.)
Tickled over this news. Positively ticked, guys.
Congratulations to the new family!
December 3, 2012 at 9:30 am by Sarah
He’s a humanitarian, he quite resembles his mother (thankfully), he married a really sweet-seeming girl, and now he’s saving girls’ lives. Is there anything Prince William can’t do (besides look more like his super-hot ginger brother, Harry)? No, there’s probably not.
If you haven’t heard, Prince William heroically headed up an effort to save two girls’ lives—two girls who were in danger of drowning, and Prince William swooped in with his big old helicopter in order to help!
From USA Today:
Late Thursday night, it was two teen-age girls who got into “difficulties,” as the British put it, while swimming off the Welsh coast near William’s RAF base in Anglesey.
As The Telegraph and other British media reported, a 16-year-old and her 13-year-old sister were struggling in the water in Silver Bay when nearby surfers noticed and alerted authorities. As the surfers waved and pointed, the future king piloted his Sea King helicopter over the older girl as his crew pulled her aboard; the younger girl had made it back to shore. Neither was hurt but both were cold and shocked, and were taken to a hospital as a precaution.
William’s rescue heroics have been in the news before; last November he helped rescue a crew of Russian sailors after their ship sank in the Irish Sea.
So, uh, what did you do this week, Justin Bieber? Aside from, you know, give self-centered interviews and bash Prince William the Hero for not giving a f-ck about his hair?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.