It has occurred to me to have a countdown to the birth of this little prince/ess, but that might actually turn me into a crazy person (whereas right now I cling to shreds of my sanity). Like I said, this may be the only birth announcement I ever make (apart from the Cambridge’s second child) so I have to make the most of the event!
Our lovely Duchess is still in the hospital, though she is faring better, thankfully; the Duke visited yesterday and returned today for about six hours. The Duchess’s mother and father, Carole and Michael Middleton, also purportedly paid their daughter a visit at King Edward VII hospital.
The media is going crazy. Crazier than I am, even. People.com tried to pull a CNN-style “Breaking News” scrolling banner yesterday. Look at this:
And Hello!, which accurately (*ahem* luckily) predicted the Duchess’s pregnancy, has the couple covering every aspect of their website at the moment.
As a desperate request to any of my UK friends: If you can find me any newspapers/tabloids/magazines from this announcement, please let me know and I will pay you in American goodies. I am especially itching to get my hands on this:
It is possible that when this baby is born he or she will be known as HRH Prince/ess Name of Cambridge. This is in accordance with the titles of great-grandchildren of the sovereign in the male line (Elizabeth II –> Charles –> William –> Royal Baby); however, King George V, The Queen’s grandfather, streamlined many titles and this great-grandchild rule may no longer apply, so I’m trying to research that. We don’t have a precedent in recent times, of course, since the last monarch with great-grandchildren in the male line was Queen Victoria (The Queen has two now, but through her daughter, Anne).
Another pet peeve: Can we stop calling her “Kate Middleton” now??? And by “we” I mean those stinking newspapers and websites and magazines? Legally she is now HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and if you can’t bring yourself to use the “HRH” then at least refer to her as the Duchess!! She is the future Queen and the soon-t0-be mother of the future sovereign! This isn’t just about status, either–if you got married and changed your name you wouldn’t want me going around addressing you by your maiden name, would you? Hurrumph, I say!
On a lighter note, my old roommate gave me this link, “10 Things To Freak About Now That Kate Middleton Is Pregnant” and, despite its use of her name that is no longer legally her name, it is exciting and, in my case, 100% accurate. That’s all for now, folks, check back tomorrow!