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With so much attention focused on the birth of Lil' Kimye, and the rumored Kim Kardashian baby name floating around, we almost forgot about the royal baby.

Okay, no we didn't. The UK and much of the world are eagerly anticipating his or her arrival in July, but don't expect many details before that.

Royal officials can't say if it's a boy or girl, for instance, and not 'cause they're being coy. Kate Middleton and Prince William chose not to find out!

Kate Middleton, Prince William of Wales

"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.

That's one way to keep the gender under wraps ...

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The pregnant Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian are due the same day, according to a new tabloid report. All we have to say about that is O.M.G.

Seriously. Pencil in a Twitter crash around July 13.

Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian

According to a recent slew of royal baby betting, and from what we've gleaned from news reports, that's the date when the royal heir(ess) will arrive.

At least it's the current odds-on favorite. Ditto baby Yeezus.

While their backgrounds, parenting styles and baby bump fashion couldn't differ more, these are without a doubt the two biggest baby stories of the year.

Does Us offer any legitimate insight in the covery story above? Doubtful. Does it have to? No, because they know people can't wait and will read anything.

On that pointless note, vote in our survey and tell us ...

Which baby are you most excited for?!

 

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Will Kate Middleton have a c-section or a natural birth?

Will she welcome a boy or a girl? With what color hair?

When will he/she arrive? And what will the name be?

Kate Middleton in a Hat

For royal watchers - and gamblers - worldwide, there's a lot riding on these questions, as sports books say they've seen a surge in action since December.

"The second we found out that she was with child," in December 2012, said Rupert Adams of William Hill, one of the largest bookmakers in the U.K.

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While July has long been the expected month of the birth of Prince William and Kate Middelton's baby, we now have he first report of an exact day:

July 13.

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The UK Mail on Sunday quoted an unnamed friend saying "Some of their closest pals were at a barbecue hosted by a family friend of the Royals recently."

"Kate and William and their friends were all discussing the fact that Kate’s baby is due to be born on July 13. Everyone there was very excited."

If the baby cooperates, the birth would fall right in the middle of a four-day Coronation Festival marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

It would also lose gambling addicts a lot of money. Kate Middleton due date betting has been heaviest in the first week of July, according to reports.

As for the baby's gender, you can bet on that too (although recent talk suggests they are having a boy). What do you think they're having, THGers?

 

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UK composer Paul Mealor has composed a royal lullaby fit for a king ... or queen.

Mealor, who wrote music for Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding, has penned a lullaby for the pair's firstborn child, due to be born in mid-July.

Classical artist Hayley Westenra will record the song, sweetly titled "Sleep On."

Pregnant Kate and Prince William

While recent speculation is that Kate is expecting a boy (Prince Harry believes this), the baby will be in line to inherit the throne after William either way.

It's only fitting that he or she will have a signature lullaby.

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At one point, the rumor swirling was that Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting a girl, yet recent gossip in the UK suggests the opposite.

The source of the new speculation? Prince Harry himself!

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry

According to the Mirror, “Harry has been telling everyone Wills and Kate are having a boy and how thrilled he is at the prospect of having a little nephew."

"He said the whole family were excited about it."

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The countdown to the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby is ON!

So Us tells us in its new cover story ... which basically reveals nothing new.

Still, Kate Middleton is beautiful and seems cool, so what's not to like?

Kate Middleton Baby Countdown!

After all, the royal couple has been extremely tight-lipped regarding baby names or even its gender, so don't expect non-stop updates a la Kim Kardashian.

That's the thing about William and Kate. Thoroughly modern monarchs, the couple seems determined to give their child as normal a life as possible.

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The beautifully pregnant Kate Middleton is not moving in with her parents after giving birth this summer, despite rumors suggesting this scenario.

While her preparations include stroller shopping and maintaining that ultra-chic maternity wardrobe, the Duchess is not changing addresses.

Kate Middleton Cute Photo

Sources do say Kate will spend more time with her family once the royal heir(ess) is born. Middleton's due date is mid-July; the baby's gender is unknown.

Rumors are also swirling that Prince William and his wife, who mark their second anniversary today, are expecting a boy after purchasing a blue stroller.

Sources say that may not be the case either, however.

That particular color is actually more of a lilac than a blue, insiders say, and is also popular among those expecting a girl … or who choose to keep it a secret.

So, who knows! What do you think they're having? Vote!

The Royal Baby will totally be a ...

 

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Pregnancy will put any marriage to the test.

Nausea, stress and deadlines, reexamining your priorities, in-laws pressuring you to do this and that. It can make for physically and mentally challenging times.

It can also bring expectant couples closer together.

Kate and William Photo

Well into their second trimester, Kate Middleton and Prince William are cruising to parenthood more demonstrably (and demonstratively) in love than ever.

"They're much more touchy-feely than they were," notes royal photographer Mark Stewart. "They've always been close, but it is much more pronounced."

"There appears to be a new, deeper bond between them."

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Betting on Kate Middleton baby names has become a British craze this spring, which is pretty hilarious, but also not entirely surprising.

People will bet on anything, after all, and this is a particularly fun topic to speculate about. So which name is currently most popular among bettors?

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Based on the number of bets placed, Britain's bookmakers say Alexandra is the clear favorite, with the odds already down to a surprising 2-1 as of Thursday.

Elizabeth, Diana and Victoria are close behind, following widespread speculation that the royal couple is expecting a girl - which is not even confirmed.

All things considered, and assuming Kate Middleton is pregnant with the royal heiress, the bookies - and the gamblers - are likely on the right track.

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