Palace sheds some light on Kate's baby plans
FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 file photo of Britain's Prince William stand next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London. With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July _ and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch _ officials at Clarence House have released some of the couple’s plans, although many details are still being kept private. Kate has made several public appearances recently but is expected to keep a low profile in the final weeks of her pregnancy. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
LONDON (AP) — With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July — and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch — the royals' office has released some of the couple's plans, although many details are still being kept private. Kate has made several public appearances recently but is expected to keep a low profile in the final weeks of her pregnancy. Here is the latest news about the infant who will, upon entering the world, be third in line for the British throne.
KING OR QUEEN?
Royal officials can't say — and it's not because they are being coy, it's because Kate and William have not found out — and don't plan to.
The entrance to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. It has been announced Wednesday that Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will be delivered of her baby in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, the baby is due in July. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
"They don't know the sex of the baby and have decided not to find out," said a royal official who spoke on condition of anonymity under Palace guidelines for distributing information to the press.
PACING THE HALLWAY OR IN THE ROOM WITH HIS WIFE?
Officials said William "fully intends to be present at the birth." The birth is expected to take place at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital in central London. That is the hospital where William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, were born.
WHO'S IN CHARGE?
A spokesman said the medical team will be led by royal gynecologist Dr. Marcus Setchell.
WILL THE PUBLIC KNOW WHEN KATE IS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL?
Officials said there will be no advance notice. The public will be told once she has settled in her room in the early stages of labor, the spokesman said, anticipating that this would be within an hour of her arrival at the hospital.