New footage from Kate Middleton”s visit to Grimsby shows the pregnant Duchess did not let slip the gender of her unborn child. The latest video of Kate shows her saying “is this for us Thank you so much” rather than “is this for our d…”
The Duchess” visit to the northern town caused a stir when a well-wisher asked Kate if she had accidently started to say the word “daughter” when accepting a gift. When a member of the crowd gave Kate a teddy bear on Tuesday, the Duchess was thought to have replied, “Thank you, I”ll take that for my d… ” sparking onlookers to believe she and husband Prince William know the gender of their child.
“No, we don”t know yet,” said Kate, quickly correcting herself. When pressed further, the blushing royal said, “We”re not telling.”
The Duchess” unguarded moment caused betting house Ladbrokes to drastically reduced the odds on the royal baby being a girl. But given spokeswoman Jessica Bridge”s comment: “Kate”s dropped the biggest hint yet, and the odds have followed suit” the company will soon reassess their actions.
But regardless of gender, William and Kate”s first-born will be the UK”s future monarch.
The Queen recently overturned a 1917 decree which meant that Kate and William”s daughter would have been known as Lady, not Her Royal Highness. The announcement about the decree was made on Kate”s 31st birthday on 9 January.
“All the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales (Charles) should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour,” a statement said.
Their baby will be third in line to the throne, regardless of gender. In December, The government reached an agreement with all other Commonwealth countries to press ahead with a bill ending discrimination against women in the British monarchy.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was by “wonderful coincidence” that final formal consents from other Commonwealth realms were received just as William and Kate revealed that they were expecting their first child.