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Queen keen for Kate to give birth soon

By Pat Hurst and Kim Pilling

Published 18/07/2013

The Queen
The Queen

The Queen has said 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.

Fay Batey, a pupil at Wiggonby Church of England Primary School, asked: "Do you want Kate's baby to be a boy or girl?"

The Queen replied: "I don't think I mind.

"I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday."

Fay told reporters it was "really, really exciting" to speak to the Queen.

She and fellow pupils waved Union flags and cheered as the royal party arrived at the Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere.

The Queen's final engagement before her holiday is next Tuesday.

The response from the Queen echoed the anticipation felt across the nation as to when the newborn of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will finally arrive.

Thousands gathered in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, to greet the Queen enthusiastically on the final leg of her South Lakeland tour yesterday where she was accompanied by the Princess Royal.

After she was welcomed by the mayor of Windermere, Allan Winrow, and his wife, mayoress Angela Winrow, people stood up to the water line on the shores of the lake to capture their royal images on camera as the town was bathed in sunshine.

The Queen and the royal party walked on to Bowness Pier for a trip on the MV Teal to the Brockhole estate which is home to The Lake District Visitor Centre.

She walked up to pupils at Wiggonby School just before leaving and was then popped the question about the royal baby.

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