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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son (PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son (PA)
BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Prince Charles And Princess Diana Holding Hands And Smiling As They Pose During A Honeymoon Photocall By The River Dee. The Princess Is Wearing A Tweed Suit Designed By Bill Pashley With A Pair Of Cream Shoes From The Chelsea Cobbler.
The Middleton Family Release Images Of Kate Middleton...LAKE DISTRICT - UNITED KINGDOM - UNDATED: In this Handout Image provided by Clarence House www.officialroyalwedding2011.org, Kate Middleton is pictured aged three on a family holiday in the Lake District. (Photo by the Middleton Family/Clarence House via GettyImages)...I
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
File photo dated 6/9/1997 of Prince William (left) and Prince Harry, the sons of Diana, Princess of Wales, bow their heads as their mother's coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 27 2007. The Princess died in a car crash in Paris on August 31st 1997.
The safe hands of the Duchess of Cambridge with her son, who does not have a name yet (PA)
PA file photo dated 1/5/1983 of The Prince and Princess of Wales with the 9-month-old Prince William on a rug in the grounds of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand. Prince William jetted in to New Zealand last night, and today, Thursday June 30, 2005, took his place in a Lions line up as he joined the rugby stars on tour.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
File photo dated 23/05/2007 of Diana, Princess of Wales during a visit to Lahore, Pakistan. The inquest into her death has now concluded with the jury returning joint verdicts of unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving - or gross negligence manslaughter.Tuesday April 08, 2008.
The Duke of Cambridge takes his new son to the car (PA)
File photo dated 29/07/81 of Earl Spencer (R), accompanying his daughter Lady Diana at her wedding to the Prince of Wales, at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Diana, Princess of Wales's spare wedding dress, made in case of any mishaps on the big day, is now up for sale. The replica of the famous ivory silk gown was tried on by Lady Diana Spencer on the morning of her marriage to the Prince of Wales. It is expected to fetch more than ?50,000 when it goes under the hammer next month through Cooper Owen auctioneers.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn son (PA)
Diana Princess of Wales with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry at Highgrove in 1988.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
PA file photo dated 27/05/1997 of Princess Diana. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 6, 2007. Baroness Butler-Sloss confirmed today that the inquests into the deaths of Dodi Fayed and Diana, Princess of Wales, have been postponed until October 1.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: A pregnant Diana, Princess of Wales with Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 12, 1982 in London, England. (photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
1981: This undated photo shows Diana, Princess of Wales at a polo match before she married in 1981. Diana told of a lonely existence in her married life to Prince Charles in audio tapes aired by the U.S. television network NBC on March 4, 2004.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the night at Kensington Palace with their son (PA)
Cards depicting the 'royal baby' either as a boy or a girl, specially made by a games company as a publicity stunt are pictured, backdropped by members of the media waiting across the St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Thursday, July 11, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
24th February 1981: (FILE PHOTO) Charles, Prince of Wales laughing with his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997) outside Buckingham Palace, London after announcing their engagement. It was announced by Clarence House on November 16, 2010 that Prince William will marry girlfriend Kate Middleton in the Spring / Summer of 2011. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...E
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to members of the press outside the hospital (PA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Carole and Michael Middleton arrive at The Lindo Wing to visit their daughter Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and her newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 81b 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
It's a boy: The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy at St Mary's Hospital in London
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: A crowd of people take photos of the easel that officially announced the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy at 16.24 BST, with William the Duke of Cambridge present for the arrival. A bulletin announcing the birth has been posted in the forecourt at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A selection of British daily newspapers on Tuesday July 23, 2013 headlining the news of the birth of a son to Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was announced on Monday that Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. The baby was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces. The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William. (AP Photo/Tony Hicks)
Sharing the occassion: New mother Isabella Pacyga and baby boy Igor, weighing 7Ib 13oz, was born at 11.47am on Monday at Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
New baby arrival's at Belfast Royal Victoria hospital maternity Pictured Maja Szypara born at 04.52 Monday 22/07/2013. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London by toasting and sending the royal couple a small Royal Hospital teddy bear dressed in traditional scarlet uniform. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: A sign in the window of the British restaurant and grocery Tea & Sympathy reads. "It's A Boy" as it celebrates the birth of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William's first child on July 22, 2013 in New York City. The Royal couple had a baby boy who was born at 16.24 BST and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The child, who is now third in line to the throne, has yet to be named. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Adam Michael who was born at 4.34pm at Princess Anne Hospital with his happy parents Marc and Beverley Miell, who were presented with their silver penny by The Royal Mint. Marc said: 'We knew that The Royal Mint was planning to give silver pennies to babies born today but we had no idea that we would be the first to receive one. We're over the moon and want to thank The Royal Mint for their kind gesture. It's a special day for us and we're excited to be part of the celebrations.' Photo Royal Mint/PA Wire
HMS Kent as it celebrates the Royal Birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child. The ships company spelt out the word BOY on the ships flight deck sending their best wishes and congratulations to the royal couple. Photo Joel Rouse/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Members of the media report the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Congratulations cards for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, made by pupils of Bucklebury Church of England Primary School in Bucklebury, the family home of the Middletons. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A Jaguar car is driven into the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace bringing the news to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby . Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Trafalgar Square's fountains are coloured blue to mark the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital. Clive Gee/PA Wire
Lightning strikes behind The London Eye in central London which is coloured red, white and blue to mark the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm yesterday to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Early Learning Centre's Abi Hutchinson stocks shelves with its Happyland Royal baby sets. Staff up and down the country have been busy stocking the 50,000 limited edition toy sets overnight.
A sign congratulating The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son is displayed at the Cottage Inn in Bucklebury, the family home of the Middletons. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The crowd after a Town Crier announced outside the St Mary's Hospital in London the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. The baby weighed 8lbs 6oz and was born at 4.24pm. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Visitors to Niagara Falls receive notice of the sex of the royal baby indicated by the blue light illuminating the falls in Niagara Falls, New York. The Royal couple,The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had a baby boy who was born at 16.24 BST and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The child, who is now third in line to the throne, has yet to be named. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 213. Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. The baby was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces. The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Fans outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in Paddington, London, celebrate the announcement of the birth of the royal baby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes carries the official notification into Buckingham Palace, that announces the birth of a baby boy at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby . Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The large waiting crowds cheers as they read the news on an easel in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace, to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby . Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
An easel stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby . Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes (right) is given the official notification in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, to announce the birth of a baby boy at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby . Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The large waiting crowds cheers as the Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim a footman place on an easel in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace a notification, to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby . Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim a footman place on an easel in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace a notification, to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby . Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Marcus Setchell (C) and Alan Farthing leave the Lindo Wing following the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: A town crier announces the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Members of the world's media gather outside The Lindo Wing as they wait for news of the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Ed Perkins carries the official document containing information about the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Royal well wishers Sarah Haggie (left) and Fi Thompson (right) pose in Union flag themed jackets outside Buckingham Palace in central London, as the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Two doctors leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. Clarence House have announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at St Mary's Hospital in west London where she is expected to give birth. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge as she visited Naomi House Children's Hospice in Winchester, Hampshire, during Children's Hospice Week. David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire
A general view of the press pen outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London as the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Members of the public wait outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London in December, where the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted following the announcement that she is expecting a baby. Max Nash/PA Wire
Staff at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, peer out at the waiting media who have been camped out for more than a week in anticipation of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
A general view of the press pen outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London as the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 22, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A media crew film outside Buckingham Palace in central London, as the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour this morning, Kensington Palace has said. Kate and husband William arrived at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London by car without a police escort just before 6am. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Prince William as a baby
A girl from a Betting Company wears a board highlighting the latest odds on babies names outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Women wearing Duchess of Cambridge masks pretend to be pregnant outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Members of the public take photos of the media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London as the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II chats to local residents as she travels on the Teal cruise boat to Brockhole, Windermere, Cumbria. The Queen said that she is hoping the royal baby is born soon - because she is about to go on holiday. She made the comment in reply to a question from a 10-year-old schoolgirl while on a series of engagements in the Lake District. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, who is celebrating her 66th birthday, with the Prince of Wales unveil a plaque outside the Duchy Palace in Lostwithiel as the Duchess and the Prince take part in their annual summer visit to Cornwall and Devon. Camilla and Charles arrived in the South West on Monday and have spent their trip "waiting by the phone" for news of the royal baby. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St Mary's Hospital in London in the early stages of labour. She travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing of the hospital with the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. Kate is being tended by a top medical team led by the Queen's former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Countess of Wessex's two children. Sean Demspey/PA Wire
Charles and Diana Windsor, Prince & Princess of wales, with sons Harry and William.
One of the Royal family's biggest fans Terry Hutt, 79, from Cambridge, prepares to start the tenth day of his wait outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington west London, for the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge's baby. John Stillwell/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: A shop displays plates celebrating the impending royal birth as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at on July 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, leave the King Edward VII Hospital together in December following the announcement that she was expecting her first child. WENN.com
NOOPUR SHANAN, PAKISTAN - SEPTEMBER 24: Princess Diana visiting a welfare centre in Noopur Shanan.
Crowds gathered at Buckingham Palace as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
The Queen's former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, as he met The Countess of Wessex. Setchell will sign the official proclamation of the royal birth, which is displayed behind the railings of Buckingham Palace. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, who is celebrating her 66th birthday, with the Prince of Wales unveil a plaque outside the Duchy Palace in Lostwithiel as the Duchess and the Prince take part in their annual summer visit to Cornwall and Devon. Camilla and Charles arrived in the South West on Monday and have spent their trip "waiting by the phone" for news of the royal baby. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
News Anchor with NBC Natalie Morales knits to pass the time outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on July 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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BUCKLEBURY, ENGLAND: Members of the media sit near shops in the village of Bucklebury as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on July 18, 2013 in Bucklebury, England, where the family of the Duchess of Cambridge live. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
ABC News correspondents Amy Robach and Lama Hasan pose next to police officers outside the Lindo Wing as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
A Kate Middleton look-a-like arrives at the hospital as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The children's book 'Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby!' in Waterstones bookshop. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Police stand guard at the doors of The Lindo Wing as The Duchess Of Cambridge goes into labour at St Mary's Hospital (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: In this handout photo provided by Lydia Leith, is a sick bag created by British designer Lydia Leith to commemorate the impending birth of the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child, on July 15, 2013 in London, England. The UK is preparing for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Photo by Lydia Leith via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: In this handout photo provided by Lydia Leith, is merchandise created by British designer Lydia Leith (pictured) to commemorate the impending birth of the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child, on July 15, 2013 in London, England. The UK is preparing for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Photo by Lydia Leith via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: A 'London Baby Time' clock outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on July 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Legoland Windsor Resort's model of Buckingham Palace with photographers and camera crews waiting outside for news of the royal baby. Legoland Windsor Resort/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: A shop displays a mug celebrating the impending royal birth as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at on July 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Well wishers outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London as the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Royal babies' names are not usually revealed straight away and the public are often left guessing for several days as speculation mounts.

The chief executive of Mothercare has played down the boost the imminent arrival of a royal baby will have on its UK business, despite its plans to launch a range of clothing to mark the occasion.

Simon Calver said the Duchess of Cambridge's baby may lead to a "feelgood factor" and an "uptick" in the birth rate in nine months' time, but added: "We don't necessarily see a huge uptick in activity for our business."

Ahead of its annual meeting today, he blamed weak consumer spending and heavy discounting for a 0.9% fall in UK underlying sales over the 15 weeks to July 13.

Calver, the former boss of DVD rental firm LoveFilm, said: "We expect it to continue to be tough. There are still a large number of people unemployed and the High Street is still struggling."

Calver, who took the helm in April 2012, has embarked on a three-year programme to revitalise its ailing British business by ditching loss-making stores, cutting costs, sharpening up its pricing and growing online sales.

The chain is waiting for the "safe arrival" of the Duchess's baby before launching a range of clothes, prams and "fun" ideas.

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