Kate Middleton's Offspring to Be A July Baby, No Twins
We're fast running out of things to speculate on re: Kate And Wills royal baby, as it's been revealed by an official spokesperson that he or she is due for a July birth, The Guardian report.
"Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July," said a palace spokesman (via The Guardian). Also revealed was the status of Kate's health, and it would appear she's feeling better after her infamous stay in hospital last month following a bout of hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness). A spokesman for the couple said they were unlikely to undertake any engagements in the next few weeks as William would be concentrating on his flying with the RAF search and rescue force. He added that Kate was likely to return to engagements "in the near future".
It appears the regal-nipper is starting to affect the betting markets, as July was the even money bet. A spokesperson for William Hill said, "The royal baby is starting to cost us a small fortune; we have already paid out on the year and now the month that the baby will be born. We can only hope that they don't have a baby with ginger hair as that would break the bank."
Claire Crawford, a programme director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said the English academic year, which runs from September to August, favoured those born before the summer. "It means that the July- and August-born babies are the youngest in their year and they tend to take the exams when they are slightly younger than those born earlier in the year," she said. "Because of the way the education system is set up in England they are the youngest in their year and what we've shown is that puts them at a disadvantage on average compared with the children who are born at the start of the year."