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Royal baby watch: Kate Middleton's decoys

By: Jennifer Gruden
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Royal baby watch: Kate Middleton's decoys

By: Jennifer Gruden

Well, of course three minutes after I posted yesterday, or around 3 p.m. London time, Kate Middleton and her entourage apparently loaded into their baby mobile. Vanity Fair reported the Duchess of Cambridge—plus a series of long-locked decoys to fool creeps like me—was finally ready to pop. Eek! The July 13 th due date, it seems, was wishful thinking mostly from the media’s fanciful imagination (we can’t help it). Kate’s new reported due date was the 19 th, making the Princess pretty much exactly on time. As princesses should be. Now I wasn’t particularly there, but rumour has it a frantic trip ensued from Bucklebury, where Middleton was playing it cool (yeah, right) with her family, to St. Mary’s in Paddington, where all my new friends are no doubt still waiting. Like this fine fellow: Something tells me this guy, who’d been sleeping on a bench in his Union Jack gear for 9 days (yes, you heard me, 9 days), is seriously psyched to be alive this morning. Is today the day to go home? Meanwhile, this slacker’s only been sticking it out for 5 days. He’s John Loughrey, who the press nicknamed the “Diana Superfan”, and insists he’s no slacker. He’s been following the monarchy in general and Diana in particular since her Royal Wedding in 1980. While I was busy being born, etc, he’s staked out every marriage, baby and funeral since. On his and the country’s monarchy obsession: “What would we do without them?” I’d have to agree, and not just because I’m having a British blast. In fact, I’m probably going to need all of these: It’s true; I’ve been scouring the shops for Royal Baby gear (a legitimate business expense), but swag sellers are holding back until the baby’s here and healthy. “It’s bad luck,” says the owner of this colourful shop. But come back very soon, he winks. Maybe even today. Oh, I will! Enter our Name the Royal Baby contest! On site in London, Royal watcher and Toronto writer Rosemary Counter waits patiently for William and Kate Middleton’s baby. They’re probably more excited than Rosemary, but not by much! Photography: Rosemary Counter
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