The $243 Million Dollar Royal Baby Shower!

The £243 million royal baby  shower

ARKS & Spencer has decided to hedge its  bets over the birth by launching two bottles of wine – one with a blue collar  for a boy and one with a pink collar for a girl.

Other High Street chains are also expected to  cash in on the birth, with Mothercare announcing a new range of romper suits and  Babygros.

Experts predict Britons will spend  £243 million on memorabilia, champagne and food for parties.

Marks and Spencer has decided to hedge its bets about the sex of the royal baby by producing two bottles of wine, one for a boy and one for a girlMarks and Spencer has decided to hedge its bets about  the sex of the royal baby by producing two bottles of wine, one for a boy and  one for a girl

And the Palace is also likely to benefit from  the birth – with a range of royal-themed baby clothes and gifts already  available in its online shops.

Guardsman sleepsuits for babies and princess  t-shirts for girls are being sold on the Royal Collection Trust website for  £12.95.

The Buckingham Palace shop is planning to  release an official range in honour of the baby, but not until after the  birth.

Meanwhile, the Royal Mint is giving every  baby born on the same day as the future monarch a silver penny stamped with the  year 2013.

Kate has decided the no-nonsense doyenne of antenatal experts Christine Hill Kate has decided the no-nonsense doyenne of antenatal  experts Christine Hill

Kate has had one-to-one sessions with  Christine Hill, the no-nonsense doyenne of antenatal experts.

Mrs  Hill declined to discuss her VIP patient but one ex-member of her class said:  ‘The Duchess is in very good hands.’

The obstetric physiotherapist and  mother-of-three became the ‘must-have’ guru after the retirement of her friend  and former associate, Betty Parsons, who ‘prepared’ the Queen when she was  expecting Prince Edward.

Star clients have included actresses Helena  Bonham Carter and Kate Winslet.

It has also been reported that Kate’s sister  Pippa is caring for her post-birth health.

She is said to have bought the duchess a baby  ‘girdle’ to keep her stomach in after the royal birth.

Softly-spoken obstetrician Marcus Setchell,  who turns 70 this year, will deliver the baby.

He applied for practising rights at the unit  before Kate’s pregnancy was confirmed and is expected to be assisted by his son,  Tom Setchell, a gynaecologist and obstetrician at St Mary’s.

A senior midwife and nurse will be alongside  them.

Overseeing it all will be gynaecologist Alan  Farthing, the former fiancé of murdered TV presenter Jill Dando.

Marcus Setchell delivered Lady Louise Windsor  after the Countess of Wessex went into labour prematurely in 2003. He also  carried out the Duchess of Cornwall’s hysterectomy

 

New Royal Baby will be HRH Prince or Princess of Cambridge ! Due date thought to be July 13, 2013!

Kate and William’s baby will be HRH Prince or Princess of Cambridge, royal  officials reveal

  • Royal baby  will hold title HRHPrince or Princess [first name] of  Cambridge
  • William and  Kate are currently Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • Mayor of  Cambridge says it will be a ‘great honour’ for the historic  city
  • Due date of  couple’s first child thought to be Saturday, 13 July
  • Duchess  will give birth in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, west  London
  • All of the  couple’s children will carry the same title

 

The Royal baby will have the title His Royal  Highness Prince [first name] of Cambridge, or Her Royal Highness Princess  [first name] of Cambridge.

The official title of William and Kate’s  first child, thought to be due on Saturday, 13 July, will be His or Her Royal  Highness Prince or Princess [first name] of Cambridge, following the Dukedom  gifted to William and his wife by the Queen as a wedding present in  2011.

The baby will be born at St Mary’s Hospital  in Paddington, west London, where William was born in 1982.

The Royal couple's first child is due on Saturday, and will hold the title of Prince or Princess of Cambridge The Royal couple’s first child is due on Saturday, and  will hold the title of Prince or Princess of Cambridge

The Mayor of Cambridge said it was a 'great honour' for the historic city (pictured: King's College Chapel in Cambridge)The Mayor of Cambridge said it was a ‘great honour’ for  the historic city (pictured: King’s College Chapel in Cambridge)

The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Paul  Saunders, said it was a ‘great honour’ for the historic city.

‘It is a great honour and I’m sure the people  of Cambridge will appreciate it greatly,’ he said.

‘I think it’s lovely to continue the close  link with the Royal family. I think anything which helps to keep Cambridge in  the public eye is a good thing as we rely on tourism.’

Former Cambridge mayor Cllr Sheila Stewart,  who met Kate on the royal visit to the city last year, added: ‘It can only be  good news for Cambridge. Everyone is so excited about it. The whole country is  waiting for the birth.’

The Dukedom of Cambridge was bestowed upon  Prince William by the Queen on his wedding day, 29 April, 2011.

Kate and William, pictured at the Trooping the Colour in London, currently have the title of Duke and Duchess of CambridgeKate and William, pictured at the Trooping the Colour in  London, currently have the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

 

On 22 June 1982 a sign on an easel was placed at the gates of Buckingham Palace announcing the birth, the previous day, of Prince William - the same will happen this year with his childOn 22 June 1982 a sign on an easel was placed at the  gates of Buckingham Palace announcing the birth, the previous day, of Prince  William – the same will happen this year with his child

On 31 December, the Queen declared all the  Duke’s children would be princes and princesses, with the style Royal Highness.

A palace spokesman said: ‘The royal couple’s  child will officially be known as His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess  [first name] of Cambridge.’

He said any other children the couple have  will also be known by the same title.

Kate will give birth at St Mary's Hospital in London, the same hospital in which William was bornKate will give birth at St Mary’s Hospital in London,  the same hospital in which William was born

In addition, the child will be called after  the dukedom of Cambridge, making them Prince or Princess of  Cambridge.

William also received the titles Earl of  Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus when he married.

These are gifts from the Queen, chosen by her  and based on both historical significance and personal preference.

The Queen is permitted to choose whichever  title she wishes to give, though it cannot be in use by another member of the  family or aristocracy.

It is possible that she chose Cambridge for  William and Kate due to its ancient links with the Royal family.

Speaking to MailOnline, St James’s Palace  said:

‘Cambridge and Strathern have had Royal  connections since the fourteenth century in the peerages of England and  Scotland, and were both available.

‘Prince William is descended from the son of  George III, who was created Duke of Cambridge in 1801 through Queen Mary.

‘Carrickfergus is a town in Northern Ireland,  and Country Antrim’s oldest town, with one of the best-preserved castles in  Ireland.’

Anticipation is mounting around the imminent  birth, with photographers already camped out outside St Mary’s Hospital.

Once the baby has been safely delivered,  Prince William’s first call will be to the Queen on an encrypted  phone.

At the same time, the Royal couple’s private  secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton will inform Prime Minister David Cameron and  a small number of other highly-placed individuals, including the Archbishop of  Canterbury.

Back at Buckingham Palace, officials will  notify the head of each of the 54 Commonwealth countries and the First Ministers  of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For the public, an official notice announcing  the birth will be placed in a glass-fronted easel and attached to the gates of  the Palace.

What’s in a name? The history behind the title of  Prince or Princess of Cambridge

Prince George of Cambridge Prince George of Cambridge

The royal baby will not be the first Prince  or Princess of Cambridge.

The last royals to hold the title were Prince  George, Princess Augusta and Princess Mary of Cambridge, the grandchildren of  George III, in the 19th century.

The children were born to Prince Adolphus –  the tenth child of King George III – and his wife Princess Augusta, also known  as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

All their children, born in 1819, 1822, 1833  were born His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

The title Duke of Cambridge is part of the  peerage, a legal system of largely hereditary titles in the United  Kingdom.

In modern practice, only members of the Royal  Family are granted new hereditary peerages (the last non-royal hereditary  peerages were created under the Thatcher government)

The ranks of the English peerage are, from  highest to lowest, Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount and Baron.

The Dukedom of Cornwall, created in 1337, is  always held by eldest son, and heir apparent, of the monarch, and is currently  held by Prince Charles, with his wife Camilla becoming the Duchess of  Cornwall.

Prince Harry will most likely also be gifted  a peerage by the Queen in the future.

Peerages, like all modern British honours,  are created by the British monarch and take effect when letters patent are  affixed with the Great Seal of the Realm. Her Majesty’s Government advises the  Sovereign on a new peerage.

The Great Seal of the Realm, which makes the  bestowed title official, is an ancient seal used to symbolise the Sovereign’s  approval of important state documents and legitimatise them.

Princess Augusta of Cambridge
Princess Mary of Cambridge

Sisters Mary (right) and Augusta (left) were both born  Princess of Cambridge

The wax is melted in a metal mould and  pressed into a wax figure that is attached by cord or ribbon to documents that  the monarch wishes to make official.

The British Royal Family has created the  Dukedom of Cambridge numerous times in its history.

It was first used as a designation for  Charles Stuart (1660–1661), the eldest son of James, Duke of York (later King  James II).

The first royal family member to have the  peerage Duke of Cambridge bestowed upon him was in James Stuart, son of the Duke  of York, in 1664.

James, Duke of Cambridge died young and  without heirs, and the title became extinct. The following two creations of the  title had similar bad luck.

Edgar Stuwart and Charles Stewart, who  received the title in 1667 and 1677, respectively, both died young, having  neither married or had children, meaning the title died out for several years.

The Great Seal of the Relm, which makes the bestowed title official, is an ancient seal that is used to symbolise the Sovereign's approval of important state documentsThe Great Seal of the Relm, which makes the bestowed  title official, is an ancient seal that is used to symbolise the Sovereign’s  approval of important state docum