Kate Middleton: Expecting a Girl?!

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Is the pregnant Kate Middleton expecting a girl?

A remark by the Duchess during her public appearance at the National Fishing Heritage Centre sent the royal baby rumor mill into overdrive yesterday.

Kate Waving

Greeted by adoring crowds, the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, was given a white teddy bear by a Grimsby, England, resident named Diane Burton.

"Thank you, I'll take that for my d--" Prince William's glowing wife replied, appearing to cut herself off mid-sentence. Gotta mean it's a girl, right?

When another well-wisher then asked the royal if she was about to say "daughter," Kate Middleton smiled, coyly replying, "We're not telling."

Another witness, Sandra Cook, overheard this and told reporters: "I said to her: 'You were going to say daughter weren't you?' and she said, 'No, we don't know.'"

Remarked Cook, 67, to Kate: "I said, 'Oh, I think you do', to which she said: 'We're not telling.'" Kate, meanwhile, happily clutched the teddy bear gift.

Privately, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently learned the sex of their baby, a palace source confirms, "but they've only told their parents" thus far.

If it's indeed a girl, it's potentially historic news.

The current ruler, William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, recently decreed that, should he and Kate's first born be a daughter, she will be called "Princess."

More significantly, the Succession the Crown Bill, overruling centuries of tradition, decrees that their first child will be the heir to the throne, regardless of gender.

So basically, all hail the Future Queen (maybe)!

The future British monarch is staying active before his/her big arrival, that's for sure. Middleton confirmed Tuesday that the baby is kicking already in there!

If it really is a girl, what should she name it?

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Kate Middleton Biography

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Reading, England
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Kate Middleton