Queen Elizabeth doesn't care if the royal baby is a boy or a girl, but she does have one request of her newest great-grandchild: Hurry up!
"I don't think I mind," the 87-year-old royal said Monday of her royal baby gender preference. "I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday."
The Queen just wrapped up her Diamond Jubilee — the celebration of her 60 years on the British throne — last week. She's scheduled to head up to her Scotland holiday retreat, but that won't happen until the baby arrives.
As for when that will actually happen? Photographers have been on high alert outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in West London for a couple of weeks, but no baby yet.
Mom-to-be Kate Middleton is even past her reported July 13 due date.
No one knows when the baby will arrive, but Camilla Parker Bowles said it should happen any day now.
"We are all just waiting by the telephone," the wife of Prince Charles told well-wishers earlier this week. "We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here."
Queen Elizabeth is spending her waiting time wisely, though: She just gave approval to legalize gay marriage in Great Britain. The first same-sex marriages are expected to take place next summer.
The Queen isn't the only person waiting anxiously for the royal baby. New mothers in the U.K. are reportedly waiting to name their baby until the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth. The reason? They want to give their child the same name!
"We have thought of quite a few names but we both decided it would be lovely to see what Will and Kate choose first," an expectant mom told coupon website NetVoucherCodes.co.uk in a survey. "I love the name Alexandra so if we have a girl then it may well be the most straightforward decision we have to make."
"My baby is due before the royal baby, but I already know I definitely want it to have the same name," adds another survey taker. "The birth of Will and Kate’s baby is such a monumental event that is going to be remembered forever, just like the royal wedding. Giving my baby the same name is my personal way of celebrating."
"Whatever name the royal couple choose there is no doubt that there will be thousands of babies who will also share the same name," a spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said in a statement.
Sounds like royal baby mania is only just beginning!
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