London, June 20 (): Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton do not know the sex of their baby expected in mid-July and Kate opts for a natural delivery, palace sources said on Wednesday.
With only a few weeks left for the arrival of the first baby of the royal couple, it has been revealed that Duchess of Cambridge will give birth to the third in line to the British throne regardless of gender, at the same hospital where Prince William and his younger brother Harry were born to Princess Diana.
Last Thursday, Prince William’s spokesperson Ed Perkins released the details about the plans for the birth of the royal baby, but the details were embargoed till yesterday.
The news of the arrival of the royal baby to the world will be announced to the world in the traditional method — a notice posted on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. A handful of people, including the Queen and the Prime Minister, will be notified prior to the notice being posted, sources said.
William, the Duke of Cambridge, will take paternity leave from his role as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot. He is expected to be at his wife’s bedside for the birth.
Kate will deliver the royal baby in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London, where Princess Diana gave birth to William in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.
The duke and duchess do not know the sex of their baby and they have decided not to find out beforehand. So far, the royal couple have given no indication as to whether they have chosen names for the baby.
Full preparations are being made at the palace, hospital and government for the birth of the royal baby, the event which is expected to draw hundreds of media outlets from around the world.