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Future king or queen due to arrive in July

- January 14th, 2013
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after viewing Kate’s first official portrait last week. They’ve now announced their baby is due in July. (Photo: Andrew Winning/REUTERS)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed their little bundle of joy is due in July – and for those wondering, they’re not having twins.

An exact due date wasn’t given, but the statement released Monday also noted Kate has been doing well since her stay in the hospital last month for Hyperemesis Gravidarum – a severe form of morning sickness.

The child will be third in line for the throne behind grandpa Prince Charles and dad, Prince William.

There was a lot of speculation online that Kate could be due July 1 – which was William’s mother’s birthday (and for us, is Canada Day).

But if they’re announcing the due date now, it might stand to reason they’ve passed the 12-week mark – the typical time people tell others about pregnancy because the risk of miscarriage is lower. If Kate has just passed the 12-week mark, it means she’d be due closer to the end of July.

Also, if that’s the case, she would have become pregnant at the end of October – which was not when the couple was on a South Pacific tour for the Diamond Jubilee, which was also rumoured to be the case.

Time will tell, of course – babies have a tendency to ignore due dates.

The two-sentence statement said the couple is “delighted” to announce when the baby can be expected.

It’s not a surprise there were few details released. While Kate has made a few public outings, it’s expected the couple will do everything they can to keep the pregnancy out of the public eye.