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Inside Duchess Kate‘s precious womb is Prince George‘s little sister or brother. And much as we adore his royal cuteness we can’t wait to welcome another. Double the fun, right?

We’re pretty sure we’re not alone in our anticipatory zeal (Babies! We love em!), so here are some talking points we can share as Royal Baby Fever hits London for the second time in two years.

Kate returns to St Mary’s Hospital

Just like with George, Kate is scheduled to give birth at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s. But unlike with Kate’s first pregnancy, reporters and photographers will not be allowed to wait outside the hospital until after the Duchess has gone into labour.

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Fresh off the presses

Once Kate is admitted, a press release will be released to media, followed by posts on Kensington Palace’s Twitter and Instagram accounts roughly two minutes later. A second statement will confirm the arrival of the little Prince or Princess and include details like the baby’s gender and weight, and time of birth.


The news will come on an easel

Just like with George, an easel announcing the birth of RB2 and status of Kate will stand in front of Buckingham Palace. Fanciest, most traditional birth notice ever.

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Harry gets bumped

The line of succession will officially get longer as soon as Kate pops out RB2. Prince Harry will become the fifth in line and Prince Charles’ brother, Andrew, is bumped to sixth. RB2 is now in fourth (after Charles, William and George).

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RB2 will be known as the “spare”

The well-meaning nickname refers to, well, bad things, quite frankly. Should anything happen to rightful heir Prince George, RB2 is destined to take the throne after Prince William passes. Just think, he’s the Harry to George’s Will.

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The baby may be called Alice

Bookmakers are almost certain RB2 is going to be a girl and Alice is leading the list of names (Elizabeth and Charlotte follow close behind). The name has made significant appearances within the U.K.’s royal history, from Queen Victoria’s second child (Princess Alice of Hesse) and Prince Philip’s mother, Alice of Battenburg.
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And if it’s a boy…

Arthur (the Holy Grail of royal names), James (the name has a distinguished royal history, what with two King Jameses of the United Kingdom, and seven in Scotland), Alexander (means “defender of men”) and Philip (RB2’s great-grandfather) are the favourites for the betting bunch. Though anyone else think Arby is starting to sound good?

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No surname required

The new baby will have the title His/Her Royal Highness Prince/Princess so there’s no need for a last name. But if Will and Kate want to include one, they can choose from Mountbatten-Windsor, Wales or Cambridge. Windsor comes from George V’s castle of the same name, and the Queen and Prince Philip combined their surnames to make Mountbatten-Windsor. In his military role, Will uses the name of his royal house, Wales, taken from his dad. And Cambridge is the title that was given to the couple when they married.

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Royal births are usually celebrated with a 41-gun salute

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire off 41 rounds, while 62 rounds will go off at the Tower of London (41 for the traditional royal salute plus an additional 21 for the “city of London”). So Londoners, get those earplugs ready.

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Let those Union Jacks fly

The flags will be flown from all government buildings, Royal Naval ships, and defence establishments. And proud Britons, of course.

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The christening robe will be a replica of one that has been used since 1841

For 167 years, Britain’s royal babies wore the same one-of-a-kind, custom-made, hand-me down christening gown but Prince George started a new tradition and wore a replica of the aforementioned royal gown. The same will go for RB2. The reason? Following the baptism of Lady Louise Windsor in 2004, it was decided the lace and satin garment was too delicate to be used again.

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And then? Bring on the baby pictures!