Duchess Kate Middleton Royal Baby Watch: Coo-Worthy Countdown, From Hospital Cost To Grandma Carole’s Profit [Video]

Duchess Kate Middleton is the proud owner of the world’s most closely chronicled baby bump as the royal baby watch progresses. From details on what she ate during her pregnancy to the hospital suite in which she’ll be residing during the royal birth, Princess Kate has become an upbeat topic for media ranging from tabloids to the BBC. Ready for the latest on the pregnant princess? Read on.

Baby preparation takes place not just within her chosen hospital but outside when it comes to parking, reported Us Weekly. Aware that both her loyal fans and the avid paparazzi will be flooding the area when the baby arrives, carefully placed parking restriction signs clutter the landscape for what’s being billed as a “Special Event.”

As for her anticipated due date, those signs give away the knowledge that the second child of the Duchess of Cambridge is expected between April 15 through April 30. Princess Kate also officially announced her knowledge of when the baby (gender yet unknown) would arrive.

“I’m due mid-April to the end of April,” revealed Kate. “Not long to go now.”

As for the interior of that hospital? A loyalty program similar to places ranging from Starbucks to frozen yogurt parlor also works there for the royal family, reported Vanity Fair.

St. Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing offers a 10 percent discount for those who faithfully return, and the savings is substantial. While an overnight stay with delivery costs built-in cost $9,852 if Duchess Kate stays in a two-room suite, her 10 percent loyalty discount means she’ll shell out a mere $8,867.

However, one difference does exist in Kate’s second time around at the hospital. Her followers and the media thronged to the front of the hospital before Prince George was born. In contrast, they cannot gather there until her labor has officially started.

It’s not just a mad dash to the hospital when her labor starts. Giving a boost to Europe’s economy, that second baby’s royal birth will produce a plethora of baby-related memorabilia, reported the Mirror.

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research, predicted that it’s not just teacups labeled with the baby’s name that will benefit merchants. Gazing into his consumer-predictions crystal ball, the professor forecast that baby clothes designers will profit as well.

“When the baby has a certain sweater on, everybody will want to buy that. The impact of the baby is going to be the longer period – particularly if it’s a girl – the equipment they use, her clothes, her toys,” he said.

As the Inquisitr reported, gamblers hope to profit as well as they place their bets on what Duchess Kate will name the baby and whether it will be a boy or girl.

Currently, the biggest number of bets are indicating hopes for a baby girl while the most likely name for a daughter is Alice.

It’s not just the economy and gamblers who will benefit if it’s a girl. Duchess Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, owns a company called Party Pieces, reported the Telegraph.

Co-owned by her father, Michael Middleton, the business sells “I’m a Princess” party games and tableware. Products include I’m a Princess paper crowns, perfect for a future royal daughter.

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