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Everything We Know About Kate Middleton's Pregnancy So Far (And at Least Five Rumors)

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As royal fans, family members, and news organizations prepare for Kate Middleton's fast-approaching due date, it's time to take a look back at HRH's pregnancy. Behold, a complete rundown on what we know, what we don't know, and what we think we know:

Q: When, exactly, is the Duchess's due date?

A: Prince William and Kate Middleton's second child is set to arrive on April 25th, which, in pregnancy world, means any day now. Or two weeks from now. Exciting!

Q: Does the royal couple know the gender of the baby?

A: The couple has not officially revealed the gender of their baby and it's unconfirmed that they know. Even so, Kate has been spotted browsing the little girls' racks at Amaia in Chelsea, so take that with one million grains of salt.

Q: Is Kate pregnant with twins?

A: No, there is only one royal fetus inside Kate's womb. A rumor reporting she was pregnant with twins was officially ruled out.

Q: When was the last time we've seen Kate and her bump?

A: The princess's final appearance before hiding took place on March 27th. The next time we see Kate, she'll be holding a little royal in her arms. Bye Kate!

Q: Where will Kate give birth?

A: Kate's first-choice hospital is St. Mary's, where the Lindo Wing is being prepped for her (and baby's) arrival. Hospitals in Reading and Norfolk have also been put on standby, should Kate decide to leave London to visit her parents or her country estate.

Q: What's the scene like at the hospital?

A: On April 14th, parking restrictions and barricades were officially put in place outside of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital.

A: Are people camping outside the hospital, even before Kate is admitted?

Q: Of course they are! Superfans like theses chaps below are posted outside of St. Mary's Hospital, Union Jacked from head-to-toe since April 17th.

Q: What is Prince William doing to prep for the new arrival?

A: Prince William started his paternity leave early on April 21st. His sooner-than-expected return to Kate's side might mean the new babe is-a-coming.

Q: And Harry?

A: Ah, Harry. The baby's uncle is returning to London from Australia this weekend, so it is likely (but not 100% confirmed) that he will be in town for the arrival of his niece or nephew.

Q: When was the royal fetus conceived?

A: The fetus camping out inside Kate Middleton was conceived in early August. According to creepy research (also known as "counting backwards") from The Mirror, the deed was likely done around the time the couple visited Belgium to commemorate World War I. Romance!

Q: When and how did we find out Kate Middleton was pregnant?

A: Just as the secret pregnancy hit 8-week mark on September 8th, The Clarence House confirmed that the Duchess is, in fact, expecting her second child in a tweet that read, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child." The news was announced earlier than the traditional 12-week mark, as Kate pulled out of an event last minute due to morning sickness. That same day, the royal website published a full press release, which confirmed that Kate is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Q: Who will deliver the royal baby?

A: Royal gynecologist Alan Farthing has been monitoring Kate's pregnancy. For delivery, Farthing will be joined by obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who specializes in high risk pregnancies.

Q: Will the baby's arrival cost Britain a ton of money?

A: Prince William and Kate impending arrival should actually make money for Great Britain, according to The Mirror. The second child will boost the British economy by £70 million, which is mere pennies when compared to the £247 million Prince George brought in when he was born in July 2013. Actually, it's a little more than one-third.

And five unconfirmed rumors in order of least plausible to most:

1. According to ten racing corgis, the royal baby will be a girl named Alexandra.

2. Kate and Will's second child will boast an all star godparent list, including Princess Diana's sisters, Pippa, Prince Harry, and Princess Beatrice or Eugenie.

3. A new £5 coin is being introduced in honor of the baby's birth.

4. The couple is getting a discount on Kate's delivery suite, as St. Mary's policy includes a "second-child discount" of ten percent. The couple will only have to spend $8,867, in addition to a $8,997 "consultant's fee." Kate has always been thrifty.

5. Kate's delivery suite at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's is far from shabby. According to Us Weekly, the floors are carpeted and there are "nice duvets on the bed." The food is scrumptious, and there is even a candlelit four-course meal that new parents can opt into after their baby is born.

6. As of April 27th, Kate Middleton has yet to birth royal baby number two, leading news organizations to believe that she may be induced, as most pregnant women are when they are overdue. The Telegraph's source claims that the Duchess's actual due date was on April 23rd, which makes Kate four whole days overdue. The possibility of induction typically has to do with how uncomfortable the mother is, but a source whose children were born at the same hospital said "The doctors don't normally wait for more than a week."

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