Pregnant Kate Middleton: When Will Royal Baby’s Name Be Announced?
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Pregnant Kate Middleton: When Will Royal Baby’s Name Be Announced?

UPDATE: He's here! The royal baby was born Monday, July 22. We're still waiting on the name...

Original story, from July 11:

Royal baby watchers are on standby for the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their little bundle of joy any day now — Kate is reportedly due the second week of July, but babies don't really care when they're supposed to show up.

The birth news will spread pretty quickly, and it will include the baby's gender, but should we not expect to hear the name right away?

Us Weekly compiled a brief modern history of royal baby name announcements.

As Us noted, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip waited a month before naming Prince Charles. Charles and the late Princess Diana spent seven days deciding on William's name. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, spent two weeks considering the name of their daughter Beatrice.

As People noted in its own recent story, the first time William and Kate's baby will be seen publicly will be when the couple poses for pictures on the steps of St. Mary's hospital in west London. "It's possible that they will also be able to say the name, but that could also follow in a few days. William's name was released several days post-hospital and Harry's was revealed as his family left St. Mary's."

For their own part, Kate and William had a test run with their dog, Lupo. It took them three weeks to announce the name of that little guy.

So as we wait, any guesses on the birth date, gender, and name? Here's our date guess. We'll also go with a girl named either Elizabeth, Diana, Charlotte, Alexandra or Frances, per some of the odds.

Sources: Us Weekly, People