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Royal baby’s title revealed

The official title for Britain’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s baby has been announced.

The royal couple are expecting their first child, with Catherine thought to be due to give birth on Saturday July 13.

Buckingham Palace has now announced the official title which will be bestowed on the unborn tot.

The baby will be known as His or Her Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge. It remains unknown whether the duke and duchess are having a boy or girl.

The new arrival will enter the world at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, which is the same place where Prince William was born in June 1982.

News of the royal baby’s title has thrilled residents in the city of Cambridge, with the mayor among the first to comment.

“It is a great honour and I'm sure the people of Cambridge will appreciate it greatly,” he is quoted as saying by British newspaper The Daily Mail.

“I think it's lovely to continue the close link with the royal family. I think anything which helps to keep Cambridge in the public eye is a good thing as we rely on tourism.”

Prince William was named Duke of Cambridge by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on his wedding day in 2011. Catherine Middleton became known as the Duchess of Cambridge.

If the couple have any more children, they will be known by the same title as their first born.

Photographers have already gathered outside the hospital in London in eager anticipation of the royal birth. Once the baby arrives protocol dictates William will phone the queen on an encrypted line to inform her. British Prime Minister David Cameron will also be one of the first told of the new arrival.

A sign affixed to an easel will be placed outside Buckingham Palace, just as it was when William was born.

It’s been a day of royal baby news, following the announcement that William’s cousin Zara Phillips is expecting her first baby with her husband Mike Tindall. She is expected to give birth early next year.

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