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Royal baby: Kate got what she wished for... a baby boy

BY LAURA ELSTON

The Duchess of Cambridge was hoping for a son and her wish has come true.

When she was midway through her pregnancy, Kate told a soldier at a St Patrick's Day parade in Aldershot, Hampshire, that she did not know the sex of her baby, but that she would like a boy and the Duke of Cambridge a girl.

Guardsman Lee Wheeler (29) said: "I was talking to her about the baby, of course. "I asked her 'Do you know if it's a girl or boy?', and she said 'Not yet'.

"She said 'I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl'. That's always the way."

Rumours that Kate actually knew she was having a boy went into overdrive when she divulged to a group of Army wives she had bought a trendy Bugaboo pram in light blue.

It was also claimed Prince Harry told close friends the royal couple were expecting a boy.

Initially, however, it was thought the new royal baby was a girl.

During a visit to Grimsby in March, Kate apparently let slip that she was expecting a daughter.

Accepting a teddy bear from a member of the public, she was said to have replied "Oh is this for our d...? Thank you so much."

Bookmakers slashed the odds on the baby being a girl, while others suspended bets altogether.

But other footage suggested Kate actually said "Is this for us? Aw" instead. Asked by a well-wisher whether her baby had been kicking, Kate replied "Yes, he is, very much so."

A month before Kate was due to give birth, sources said that Kate and William did not find out the sex and wanted a surprise.

The public was left guessing until the official Palace announcement of the birth last night.

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