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Old 04-25-2018, 12:53 PM
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I was very struck by Catherine’s demeanor on the hospital steps. She had complete confidence, and was sooooo into her baby. In previous hospital step photo calls, while enamored with her new baby, she also seemed eager to accommodate the press and baby watchers. But on Monday she just was in another world with the new prince. I believe at one point she was gazing down at the baby, and William had to nudge her to look up for a photo. I think she said, “oh, sorry” - it was as if she forgot all those people and cameras were surrounding her little family.

I have a feeling this may be the final Baby Cambridge (though I would love a little sister for Charlotte). Catherine and William seem to be soaking up every moment, perhaps still working on a name. Also, she will be out of view and only with the kids all summer (perhaps at Amner). When I had my final baby, I knew he was our last one, and I just remember being aware of all of the “lasts” that come with a final baby.
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:58 PM
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I have a feeling this may be the final Baby Cambridge
Yes, I think it is their last. She had such difficult pregnancies that i wonder how she agreed to give birth to the third))
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:07 PM
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I'm wondering why they dont tell when the name will be released, it would resultate in very less speculation...
I was told that we will know before the weekend.
So they still have two days.
Patience! On friday we will know and now we still have two days of guessing
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:11 PM
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Yes, I think it is their last. She had such difficult pregnancies that i wonder how she agreed to give birth to the third))


She is one of three herself. That may have factored in. She’s a trooper, that’s for sure.

She seems so close to her sister, I’d almost expect them to try for another girl.....except it’s a 50/50 chance of that. But who knows.....
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:14 PM
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Eh, it has happened before. Case in point, Prince Andrew's full name is Andrew Albert Christian Edward and 4 years later his brother is called Edward. I still don't expect Alexander to be the name, but there is (fairly recent) royal precedent.
Yep, and a less recent precedent is George VI and his younger brother the Duke of Kent. George VI was baptized Albert Frederick Arthur George and his younger brother was baptized George Edward Alexander Edmund.
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:17 PM
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I have a feeling this may be the final Baby Cambridge (though I would love a little sister for Charlotte). Catherine and William seem to be soaking up every moment, perhaps still working on a name. Also, she will be out of view and only with the kids all summer (perhaps at Amner). When I had my final baby, I knew he was our last one, and I just remember being aware of all of the “lasts” that come with a final baby.
My mom thinks the opposite when I said this baby will probably be their last child. She said she is young and healthy, because 36 is very young on a age that most women give birth on their 40s. She told me that she expects another pregnancy annoucement when she's 38/39. And who wouldn't want to have 2 boys and 2 girls? Every women's dream my mom said (my mom only had one boy and one girl though). My mom is a true baby watcher
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:27 PM
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I'm in the camp of 'they will have one more baby'...I expect another announcement when she's around 38.

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Old 04-25-2018, 01:34 PM
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It would be lovely if someday Kate and Meghan could give birth in close time one to the other.
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:40 PM
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Well..totally possible. You can figure Harry/Meghan will look at having a family pretty soon after they marry.


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Old 04-25-2018, 01:53 PM
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I'm in the camp of 'they will have one more baby'...I expect another announcement when she's around 38.

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It is totally speculative, but I don't think they will have another baby. They are already above the expected number of children for modern families in the developed countries (which is two) and there is no need (in terms of succession issues) to have a fourth child. Of course, if they want to, they can have another baby, but, again, I don't see it coming.
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:55 PM
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My mom thinks the opposite when I said this baby will probably be their last child. She said she is young and healthy, because 36 is very young on a age that most women give birth on their 40s. She told me that she expects another pregnancy annoucement when she's 38/39. And who wouldn't want to have 2 boys and 2 girls? Every women's dream my mom said (my mom only had one boy and one girl though). My mom is a true baby watcher
I love your mom! I have two boys and two girls, and it’s fantastic. I remember my OB saying, as he delivered my last, “two and two - how did you do that?”

I know William loves the Middleton family, and emulates a lot of what they do - so maybe three kids? However, maybe they will go for number 4 - matching the Queen’s number. Hopefully with a final baby girl...
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:56 PM
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The way things are with three children, each one has something that is special about them. George is the firstborn son and will be King one day. Charlotte is the only girl and is special in that respect. The new little prince will always have a special spot as the baby of the family.

I'm not even going to speculate on another child. That is totally up to them to decide on if and when the time comes.
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:56 PM
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It would be lovely if someday Kate and Meghan could give birth in close time one to the other.
That will become a reality when Baby (Sussex?) arrives on Valentines Day 2019.
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:07 PM
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It is totally speculative, but I don't think they will have another baby. They are already above the expected number of children for modern families in the developed countries (which is two) and there is no need (in terms of succession issues) to have a fourth child. Of course, if they want to, they can have another baby, but, again, I don't see it coming.
Both of them have said they want a large family...we'll have to see how they define that.


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Old 04-25-2018, 02:09 PM
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I think it makes sense for the little prince to be the last for William and Kate. Life gets increasingly difficult for the spare and the spare to the spare etc. the older they get. They have to try and justify their existence in full view of a critical media in the UK. Even working as hard as any British royal likely ever has hasn't really convinced the British media and public of the relevance and necessity of Princess Anne for example, let alone her younger brothers.

George is the heir and Charlotte will have an acceptable role at the very least until he marries. The new little prince will likely be the 'cheeky' more 'laid-back' younger prince as Harry is to William. After that these kids are likely going to have to live as non-working royals which isn't easy in the UK - see the trials of Beatrice and Eugenie. The spares from other royal families can move abroad and live in relative peace because the media interest is much less intense.

This may seem very cold and clinical but I think it should be taken into account by the family.
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:12 PM
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I doubt if a third or 4th child would be relegated to "non working".. given that they are probably going to slim down the royal family's working people. in 20 years time they might be very pleased to have 3 young royals starting their careers.. However I agree tat the more children they have, the more likely it is that the public will get bored or feel that "one more" is too many
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:14 PM
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^ AMEN, and AMEN again^

Large families are delightful [if one likes 'that sort of thing'], but for the BRF they present a wide range of difficult issues...
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:21 PM
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As far as the work issue..if it's true like folks say, Harry's children will not be working royals then it will just be siblings that George has to rely on. Charlotte may not remain actively working or working full time after she marries and has her own family...a fourth sibling would be a help.


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Old 04-25-2018, 02:31 PM
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I really don’t think the media or public should have any bearing on how many children they have. That is and should remain a personal choice.

They can handle the work related issues in due course. A lot has changed in terms of expectations since William was born. A lot will change in the next 20 or so years. No one knows how things will look then. They can cross that bridge as they get closer to it.

As an extreme example, but BRF may cease to exist. Highly unlikely, but who knows. So really- I just can’t see basing the number of children they have around what people MIGHT think decades from now. Or at all.
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