Kate Middleton and husband Prince William will be welcoming their third child to join son Prince George, 4, and two year old daughter Princess Charlotte.
Buckingham Palace has not confirmed the sex of the baby, but both Bookmakers and the public appear to believe it will be another girl joining the royal family.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton said: “We are expecting news quite soon but the markets believe it is a girl coming, with the first four names in the baby name market being female.
“It should be remembered that both George and Charlotte were names fancied at the time and were amongst the favourite names.
“Now if we believe the Bookmakers and the public – Mary is the short-price favourite name for the next Royal baby, ahead of Alice at 6/1 and Victoria at 8/1 – the shortest boys names are Albert and Arthur at 14/1.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly set to give birth to her third child at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Kate Middleton dresses down in black skinny jeans teams with a floaty blouse [Getty ]
And with her due date thought to be around April 23, the hospital – where the 36 year old gave birth to George and Charlotte – has prepared for the hysteria well in advance.
Despite rumours that Kate wanted to welcome her third child at home, it seems the Lindo Wing will again be her choice of venue – as the Paddington Hospital set up parking restrictions outside the venue in time for the baby’s arrival.
Fans in their masses have gathered days before the previous birth to get a glimpse of the newest royal, so it’s no surprise the venue are taking extra precautions even weeks before the baby’s birth.
Providing Kate has a similar labour to her previous ones, once she’s given birth it seems fans won’t have to wait long, if Prince George and Charlotte’s arrivals are anything to go by.
George was born July 22 2013, at 4:24pm weighing 8lb 6oz, ten and a half hours after the Duchess was admitted to hospital.
An official notice of the birth was placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, and the couple beamed happily as they posed for photos for the first time the very next day on July 23.
With Charlotte, she was born at 8:34am at the same hospital, weighing 8lb 3oz, on May 2 2015.
The couple left the hospital the very same day at 6pm, meaning Princess Charlotte wasn’t even a day old yet when she was pictured.