21 June 2013 - 14:51
Prince William turns 31, weeks before becoming a father


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Prince William celebrates his 31st birthday today.

The Duke of Cambridge will spend his birthday “privately,” according to a Palace spokesman. 

William’s birthday comes just weeks before he and wife the Duchess of Cambridge welcome their first child.

Kate is expected to give birth in mid-July, and final details surrounding the birth were released this week. In an official press briefing which took place at Clarence House last Thursday the couple’s wishes were explained and plans for the birth were confirmed.

The parents-to-be still do not know the sex of their baby. At the briefing it was explained the couple did not wish to know the sex of the baby and did not seek to find out during Kate’s pregnancy.

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After much speculation, it was also confirmed Kate will give birth at Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, where both Prince William and Prince Harry were born.

It was also confirmed that Doctor Marcus Setchell, 69, a former gynecologist to the Queen, will supervise the Duchess’ birth. This follows on from Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s two children, Lady Louise and Viscount James, in which Doctor Marcus was present at the births.

Kate67After the birth, Prince William will take two weeks paternity leave from his RAF job as he supports the Duchess, as they both settle into parenthood.

The official details come just days after Kate took part in her final engagement. The glowing mum-to-be joined the Queen and Royal Family for the annual Trooping the Colour in London, which celebrates the Queen’s official birthday.

The Duchess of Cambridge is now officially on maternity leave, as she prepares to welcome her and William’s first child in mid-July.

It was also confirmed William hopes to be present at the baby’s birth and if on duty at the time, the father-to-be will rush to London, possibly by helicopter.








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