The tabloids have been obsessed with snapping shots of Kate Middleton's (always flat) tummy ever since the royal wedding in April 2011, speculating whether they see a baby bump. Well, their wildest dreams are coming true! Palace officials announced today that Prince William and Duchess Catherine are (really!) expecting a baby.
Now, let the other forms of speculation commence... When is the baby due? Will it be a boy or a girl? What will they name HRH (his/her royal highness!)?
One exciting bit of news that we know (almost) for sure is that the baby -- whether boy or girl -- will be the heir to the British throne. Thanks to a pending change in the rules of royal succession, first-born children of either gender will be eligible to take the throne. (Queen Elizabeth II is only the monarch because her parents didn't have any boys -- hmph!)
I'll admit that I have a touch of royal fever and am excited for William and Kate's baby story to unfold. So I'll kick off some baby name speculation...
If it's a girl, part of the name might be... (click on the name for its meaning and other info):
Diana (obvi. contender -- it wouldn't please the queen, but Wills adored his mum!)
Carole (Kate's mom)
If it's a boy, part of the name might be...:
Charles (Wills' dad)
Spencer (Lady Di's surname)
Michael (Kate's dad)
James (Kate's brother)
Philip (Wills' grandfather)
Or perhaps they'll choose a name from Shakespeare or another uber-British source of inspiration.
They'll probably go with a classic crowd-pleaser, which seems to be their trademark style. Nothing too trendy! In any case, the baby will surely have a long name (Prince William's full name is William Arthur Philip Louis). And I'm sure we'll be delighted by all four or five of the royal baby's names!
Did I miss any big contenders for the baby name? Please chime in!