Royal Baby Update: Kate Middleton and Prince William Prepare for Birth

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are preparing for the birth of the royal baby. Find out what his or her official title will be, the birth plan, and the Duchess of Cambridge's due date. Plus, how will the royal birth announcement be shared? Prince William and Kate Middleton royal baby birth planKate Middleton's due date is fast approaching, with mention that we could see the birth of Kate and Prince William's royal baby on July 13, according to some reports.

Other reports peg Kate's due date as July 11...but then again, babies have their own timetable, so the little royal could arrive earlier or later.

Here's a rundown of the preparations underway for Kate and William's first baby, who will officially be called His Royal Highness Prince [First Name] of Cambridge or Her Royal Highness Princess [First Name] of Cambridge, depending on the baby's gender:

When William is away on duty with the Royal Air Force, a helicopter is on stand-by, at the ready to whisk him to Kate's side when she needs him.

William is playing polo this weekend, which has some royal baby watchers a bit nervous that he won't be available when the baby is ready.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly will embark on a royal baby tour in 2014, according to Us Magazine.

The birth announcement will be placed in a frame on an easel behind the gates of Buckingham Palace.

It's likely the official announcement will be made on Twitter as well.

After the birth is announced, William will likely make a statement outside the hospital and celebratory gun salutes will be sounded in Green Park and at the Tower of London.

When they leave St. Mary's Hospital, Catherine is expected to show the first glimpse of the royal newborn on the steps, as Princess Diana did when William was born.

William is set to take a two-week paternity leave before returning to the Royal Air Force.

The couple and newborn will spend time between London and Kate's parents' home in Berkshire, before the family moves to Kensington Palace in September.


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