Even though the next royal baby isn't due for delivery until sometime in April, it already has its own footprint in cyberspace courtesy of a special page launched Monday by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
On royal.uk, webmasters catering to those enterprising Windsors added a new baby page that's scant in details, but contains enough to keep staunch monarchists and others who believe in fairy tale beginnings in rapt fascination over Prince William and Kate's new arrival. So far, it's posted an announcement dating back to October about the forthcoming baby and promising updates on the page, as well as the Kensington Royal Twitter account.
Currently, there have been no reports of how much traffic the new page is receiving, although the Kensington Twitter account has nearly 1.2 million followers.
The gender of the impending royal reinforcement still isn't known, but once born, it will be fifth in line to the throne, after its grandfather Prince Charles, dad Prince William, and siblings Princess George and Princess Charlotte. The birth, slated to take place in London's Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Paddington Hospital, where Kate's two other children were born, will move William's brother Prince Harry to sixth in the royal queue.
All accounts are that the mother is doing fine, although she has been experiencing symptoms of dehydration, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting attributed to hyperemesis gravidarum, a pregnancy condition she also had while carrying her two other children.
And while the due date is confirmed for April, speculation and anticipation over when during the month the birth will happen has intensified. More patriotic watchers whose lives revolve vicariously around the royal family are hoping it takes place April 23, which is St. George's Day, a date celebrating the patron saint of England. Other sentimental spectators believe it might even happen April 29, which also happens to be the seventh wedding anniversary of William and Kate.
Bets are being placed on the baby's gender, which originally started out as being in favour of a girl, but after Kate made two recent public appearances wearing blue, beliefs have since switched that her third child will be a boy. As for the baby's name, odds are heavily in favor of either Arthur and Henry if it's a boy, or Mary, Alice, and Victoria if it's a girl.