Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, gives strongest hint yet of the arrival of the new Royal Baby!

Duchess of Cornwall has given the strongest hint yet that a new royal baby is imminent as
she tells well-wishers to expect a bundle of joy by the ‘end of the week’

  • Camilla  told crowd in Cornwall that royal baby is expected this week
  • Prince  Charles and Duchess of Cornwall in Westcountry for annual  visit

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The world’s press corps has been camped  outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital for a fortnight, while social media  is awash with rumours that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into  labour.

Now the Duchess of Cornwall has given the  strongest hint yet that a new royal baby is imminent, telling well-wishers to  expect a bundle of joy by the ‘end of the week’.

Chatty Camilla let slip the royal secret  during a visit to Little Harbour children’s hospice at Porthpean, near St  Austell, Cornwall.

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Visit: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Bude, Cornwall, on their annual trip to the WestcountryVisit: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were  in Bude, Cornwall, on their annual trip to the Westcountry

Grandfather-to-be: The Prince seemed thrilled to meet 16-month-old Jasmine Marsh and her mother JessicaGrandfather-to-be: The Prince seemed thrilled to meet  16-month-old Jasmine Marsh and her mother Jessica

Secret's out: Camilla told the crowd they were expecting a grandchild 'by the end of the week'Secret’s out: Camilla told the crowd they were expecting  a grandchild ‘by the end of the week’

Prince Charles gets grandfather practice during  annual visit to…

Warm welcome: Schoolchildren in Bude waved flags as they waited for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of CornwallWarm welcome: Schoolchildren in Bude waved flags as they  waited for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

Honour: The couple were presented with flowers by Fairy Queen Amber Clay and Fairy Princess Emily Hardy, both aged 10Honour: The couple were presented with flowers by Fairy  Queen Amber Clay and Fairy Princess Emily Hardy, both aged 10

Surf's up: The Prince of Wales chatted with local surfers as he visited Bude as part of Cornwall WeekSurf’s up: The Prince of Wales chatted with local  surfers as he visited Bude as part of Cornwall Week

She and husband, Prince Charles, are in the  West Country for their annual ‘Cornwall Week’, meeting locals and highlighting  the work of worthy causes.

The couple started off in Bude Town Centre  where Camilla, who already has five young grandchildren of her own, was  particularly taken with some of the young fans they met.

 Many mothers brought their babies to meet  them including Trudi Lindsay, with her three-week-old daughter Ellie-Mae, who  told Charles: ‘You have got one of these coming soon’, to which the prince  replied: ‘Hopefully!’

Camilla, however, was much more forthcoming  as she unveiled a plaque to mark her visit to the hospice, aided by 13-year-old  Alex Smith, who suffers from spinal muscular astrophy.

Anticipation: Press have been camped outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, for days waiting for the arrival of the royal babyAnticipation: Press have been camped outside St Mary’s  Hospital in Paddington, London, for days waiting for the arrival of the royal  baby

Pack: The press pen is full of reporters from around the world waiting for the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labourPack: The press pen is full of reporters from around the  world waiting for the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into  labour

All set: The press pen outside the hospital has been equipped with everything the reporters needAll set: The press pen outside the hospital has been  equipped with everything the reporters need

Hedging her bets: Royal supporter Margaret Tyler is waiting for news of the birth before choosing which balloon she will waveHedging her bets: Royal supporter Margaret Tyler is  waiting for news of the birth before choosing which balloon she will  wave

As she gave an impromptu speech to the  assembled guests, she said: ‘We are all just waiting by the telephone. We are  hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here.’

A Clarence House spokeswoman later confirmed  the comment.

William and Kate’s private office at  Kensington Palace have refused to confirm the Duchess’s exact due date, although  Kate herself let slip during a public walkabout earlier this year that it is  ‘mid July’.

Sources have told the Daily Mail that her due  date was, in fact, today, which would tie in with Camilla’s confidence that the  baby will make an appearance this week.

Expecting: The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth any day nowExpecting: The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth  any day now

Together: After spending the weekend playing polo, William is now back at his wife's side in KensingtonTogether: After spending the weekend playing polo,  William is now back at his wife’s side in Kensington

It is understood that William now has a few  days off from his work as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot in North  Wales.

Following two long-standing charity polo matches at the weekend, during which the Duchess decided stay with her parents in Berkshire, he and his wife will now remain at their Kensington Palace residence for a few days.

The palace is just a few minutes’ drive from  St Mary’s in Paddington where Kate is hoping to have a natural birth.