Royal baby - boy or girl?

Will George and Charlotte get a brother or sister?

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Royal baby - boy or girl?

By Sarah Holt

In September 2017, Kate Middleton announced that she and her husband Prince William were expecting another baby.

The official statement from Kensington Palace said: "Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."

The Telegraph reported last month that the Duchess was "compelled to bring forward the announcement" after being too unwell to attend a planned public appearance. She was suffering from severe morning sickness, as she did with her previous pregnancies.

The new baby will join Prince George and Princess Charlotte on Kate and Will's ever growing family tree.

Kate fell pregnant with her first child, George in 2012, roughly 18 months after she married William in a high profile ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

George was born on July 22, 2013, weighing 8lbs and 6oz.

According to ITV News, The Duchess gave birth ten-and-a-half hours after being admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in the early stages of labour.

In September 2014 the news hit the headlines that Kate was pregnant again and, like before, was suffering from morning sickness. Princess Charlotte was born on May 2.

At the time, The Guardian reported: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented their new daughter to the world for the first time early on Saturday evening as they left hospital just 10 hours after the birth of their second child.

"The new Princess of Cambridge slept soundly cradled in her mother’s arms as the couple posed on the steps of the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, London.

"Earlier, Prince George was the only visitor as he was taken to see his mother and be introduced to his baby sister, who was born at 8.34am, weighing 8lbs 3oz."

The sex and resulting names of the first two royal babies were hot topics in the UK.

Betting company Ladbrokes took bets on at least 96 names in the run up to the borth of Prince George.

A spokesman for betting comparison site OddsChecker said: "The biggest market movements have come for Arthur which was 40/1 and also Richard which is now just 20/1."

The same applied in the run up to Princess Charlotte's birth. In May 2015 The Daily Mail ran the headline: "Bookmakers set to pay out £1 million in winnings after thousands pick Charlotte as name for newborn Princess."

It's only been a month since Kate announced her third pregnancy, but betting companies are already offering odds on sex and names. The Daily Mail recently reported that the royal baby could cost bookmakers £500,000 in payouts if Princess Alice is the newest member of the British monarchy.

So what will it be? Will the next baby be a sister or brother to George and Charlotte?

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