Kate Middleton Baby: Gender Still Secret, Even For the Couple!

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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 ...

Officials said William "fully intends to be present at the birth," which is expected to take place at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital in London.

William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, were both born there.

The public will be told once Kate Middleton has settled in her room in the early stages of labor, likely within an hour of the duo's arrival at the hospital.

Officials said a royal aide will emerge from the hospital with a signed bulletin on foolscap-sized paper carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead.

The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to the Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building.

At the same time the bulletin is posted, there will be an announcement on Twitter that will give the royal baby's gender, weight and time of birth.

Officials said they don't know how quickly a name will be chosen. When Prince William was born, a week passed before his name was announced.

Royals and members of Kate Middleton's family are likely to visit, but Queen Elizabeth II will be on summer vacation at the Balmoral estate in Scotland.

William plans to take two weeks paternity leave after the birth and then return to his military duties as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in Wales.

Good stuff! Here's wishing them the best in these next few weeks ... and place your final royal baby bets, if that's the sort of thing you're into.

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Kate Middleton Biography

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A celebrity gossip mainstay since at least 2006, Kate Middleton is Prince William's lady friend. These two dated off and on for many... More »
Reading, England
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Kate Middleton