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The Duchess of Cambridge’s third child is reportedly due on St George’s Day

The reported due date will give the nation a ‘patriotic boost’

The Duchess of Cambridge is rumoured to be expecting the arrival of her third child on 23rd April – St George’s Day.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper, the Duchess has been told that she will give birth on or around the day in which England celebrates its Patron Saint.

A royal source has said: “There’s no certainty with due dates of course but the Duchess is working off a date around St George’s Day and it would be a lovely patriotic coincidence if he or she were born then.

“One thing’s for certain, if it’s a boy he won’t be called George.”

The couple already has one son, George, born in 2013 and a daughter, Charlotte, born in 2015.

The new baby will become 5th-in-line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry back further in the line of succession.

It is understood that William and Catherine do not know the gender of the baby preferring to keep it a surprise. However, bookmakers make a baby girl the favourite with the name Mary topping the names list.

“We can’t quite put our finger on the link between Mary and the North West,” said Jessica Bridges, who works for Ladbrokes, a gambling company. “But the overwhelming support means we have a new favourite in the royal baby name market.”

“Punters are convinced the Duke and Duchess are expecting another little girl, and obviously it would be a lovely touch to honour Her Majesty’s grandmother, but it will be interesting to see if any boys’ names are backed over the coming weeks before the birth.”

The odds for Mary was recently 20/1, with Alice and Victoria being the odds-on favourites. Albert and Arthur are the odds-on favourites for a  prince.

Additional reporting by Jess Ilse

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