Kate’s Due Date Announced, Royal Baby Will Arrive In July

After the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy was announced, Kate’s due date was a detail that somewhat fell to the wayside when concern turned to her health after a sudden hospitalization for hyperemesis gravidarum — and after a subsequent media scandal when a nurse attending to Middleton took her own life following a cruel prank by Australian radio DJs.

But now Kate’s due date has been revealed after the young royal has moved past the traditional danger zone of the first few months of pregnancy, and the Royal Family confirmed in a statement that the tiny monarch would be joining the young branch of the family’s tree in July.

In keeping with a tradition of scant details, Kate’s due date was hinted at but not fully disclosed by the spokesman for the royals, and the short statement read:

“Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July … The Duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.”

A report out of the UK indicates that, while it’s not clear what gender the baby will be, the young royals have already acted to ensure his or her future within the monarchy, reading:

“The Queen has already acted to ensure the new baby – a future monarch – will be entitled to be a Princess if William and Kate have a daughter.”

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“She has issued a Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm declaring: ‘all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.’ “

Kate’s due date was clarified as being in “mid-July.”