Duchess Kate Due Date Revealed As Princess Alice Tops Royal Baby Name Bets: Is Diana On The List?

Joanne Eglash

Duchess Kate Middleton has revealed her due date range, and the royal baby watch is eagerly waiting to learn about the first hint of labor pains, revealed the Telegraph.

Between now and the end of April, Princess Kate and Prince William are expected to announce the birth of the new member of the royal family. Duchess Kate herself made the revelation about her date.

"I'm due mid-April, to the end of April. Not long to go now," announced Kate.

However, one report indicated that Princess Kate was given April 25 as the most likely date.

And while they wait, Princess Kate Middleton and Prince William must be amused as bets flourish on whether Princess Alice might be the name of their soon-to-be-born second child. With the royal baby watch countdown in full swing, Duchess Kate Middleton may also be coming up with possible names for a male companion to her young son Prince George, who must learn to share his royal parents' attention, reported People.

"I think they will go down a traditional route," speculated Joe Little, managing editor at Majesty Magazine. "They will want to pay tribute to somebody."

But at 33, Duchess Kate may want to persuade 32-year-old husband Will to consider something both traditional and modern. For example, Alexandra was Edward VII's wife's name but also is the second name of Queen Elizabeth.

However, betting agencies in England report that Alice is topping the list of favorites for a girl, with Elizabeth, Charlotte, and Alexandra on the list. As for the name Diana in honor of William's mother Princess Diana, the odds are 14/1, reports Ladbrokes betting agency.

"It would have all sorts of associated baggage [as a first name]," admitted Little. "But it could be Elizabeth Diana."

If it's a boy, gamblers are betting on James as the runaway favorite, following decades of tradition for royal male names.

But as far as Prince William is concerned, it's a healthy baby that matters as he begins his paternity leave, reported Closer.

He finished the first phase of training to become an air ambulance helicopter pilot, then headed straight to Kensington Palace. There Prince William will remain with Duchess Kate until after the baby is born. He initially was going to stay at Amer Hall, which is a full two hours from where Kate will give birth.

But by escalating the schedule for pilot training, Will can now be with Princess Kate and Prince George as they wait for signs of labor.

As the Inquisitr reported, Princess Kate Middleton and Prince William also are looking forward to help from Kate's mother, Carole Middleton.

Since her wedding, Duchess Kate has remained close to her mother, who has helped raise Prince George. Prince William agrees with that approach, feeling that it helps them avoid the spotlight that often accompanies the world of the British royal family.

"The Middletons are very important to him," emphasized Penny Junor, author of Prince William: Born to Be King. "They are just a very happy, normal family. That's what he craves."

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