When will the royal baby be born?
The prince or princess might share a birthday with the Queen.
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in April, but when exactly could the royal baby arrive?
With Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate gave birth just over five weeks after going on maternity leave.
She went on maternity leave for her third child on March 22, so this suggests the baby might put in an appearance around April 27 or 28.
The birth might even end up being a double celebration if it falls on William and Kate’s seventh wedding anniversary on April 29.
Kate is thought to have gone overdue with both George and Charlotte, so a lot will depend on whether the same happens this time.
She may have scheduled her final engagements closer to her due date this time, suspecting the baby is unlikely to arrive early.
With Charlotte, parking restrictions outside the Lindo Wing went up on April 15 and she arrived 17 days later.
For George, the traffic notices were posted on July 1 and the prince arrived 21 days later.
Looking at these timelines, with parking restrictions starting on April 9, the new baby could perhaps arrive on April 26 or even as late as April 30.
The Duke of Cambridge, however, told Ringo Starr during an investiture on March 21 that the baby is due “any minute now”.
Other suggestions have cited St George’s Day – April 23 – as Kate’s possible due date.
The baby might even end up sharing a birthday with their great-grandmother the Queen, who turns 92 on April 21.
Princess Charlotte might prefer to keep her birthday to herself on May 2 – or alternatively see it as the best birthday present ever if the baby arrives on the day she turns three.
Kate welcomed her first born, George, 38 days after her last public appearance in 2013.
She attended the Trooping the Colour parade in London on June 15 2013 and George was born at the Lindo Wing on July 22.
Princess Charlotte – who was meant to be born in April – finally arrived on May 2 2015 – 37 days after Kate’s final engagement.
In 2015, the Duchess carried out her last public engagement on March 27 when she met Baroness Lawrence at the Stephen Lawrence Centre and saw projects run by the charity eXceL Project in London.
Who might the Royal Baby share their birthday with?
April 16 – Comedian Spike Milligan (born in 1918), star of The Crown Claire Foy, Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
April 17 – Novelist Nick Hornby, actor Sean Bean, fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, actress Rooney Mara.
April 18 – Actresses Hayley Mills, Melissa Joan Hart, and America Ferrera , reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian.
April 19 – Actress Kate Hudson, actor Hayden Christensen, former Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, tennis player Maria Sharapova.
April 20 – Adolf Hitler, TV presenter Peter Snow, actor Ryan O’Neal.
April 21 – The Queen, Iggy Pop, Princess Isabella of Denmark, The Cure’s Robert Smith.
April 22 – Actor Jack Nicholson, Vladimir Lenin, footballer David Luiz.
April 23 – St George’s Day. Actor John Hannah, Lady Gabriella Windsor – daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, model Gigi Hadid.
April 24 – Singer Barbra Streisand, football manager Stuart Pearce.
April 25 – Actor Al Pacino, Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus
April 26 – Duke of York’s ex-girlfriend Koo Stark, Duran Duran musician
April 27 – Former ballerina Darcey Bussell, Doctor Who actress Jenna-Louise Coleman
April 28 – Novelist Harper Lee, cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, Duke of Kent’s
daughter Lady Helen Taylor.
April 29 – William and Kate’s seventh wedding anniversary. Actor Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, former cricketer Phil Tufnell, actress Michelle Pfeiffer, Edward VII’s mistress Alice Keppel.
April 30 – King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, actor Leslie Grantham, actress
Kirsten Dunst. The late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.
May 1 – May Day – International Workers’ Day. Queen Victoria’s Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, actress Joanna Lumley, Lady Sarah Chatto – Princess Margaret’s daughter, actor Matt Di Angelo.
May 2 – The royal baby’s older sister Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. David Beckham and singers Lily Allen and Engelbert Humperdinck, broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh.