During the engagement, Kate Middleton, 31, was given a white teddy bear by a local, Diane Burton. “Thank you, I’ll take that for my d–” she replied, cutting herself off mid-sentence.
When asked whether she was about to say “daughter,” Prince William’s wife smiled and replied, “We’re not telling.”
Another witness, Sandra Cook, later revealed to reporters: “I said to her: ‘You were going to say daughter weren’t you?’ and she said, ‘No, we don’t know.’” Remarked Cook, 67, to the Duchess: “I said, ‘Oh, I think you do’, to which she said: ‘We’re not telling.’”
Middleton, meanwhile, happily clutched the teddy gift, reports US Magazine.
Sources claim that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently learned the sex of their baby, “but they’ve only told their parents.”
Last year, Queen Elizabeth II issued a formal decree that, if her grandson and his wife had a baby girl, she would be given the title of princess. Before this, their daughter would have been called “lady”.
“The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patentunder the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”
At the event itself, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke with admirer Bobbie Brown, 42, telling him that the unborn member of the royal family has gotten quite active.
“I asked her if [the baby] has been moving or kicking,” Bobbie said. “She said: ‘Yes, it is. Very much so.’”
Paula Rampling, who also attended the event to see Middleton, gave her two unisex baby outfits, and said Kate told her, “that’s so cute.”
Her arrival to Grimsby was delayed because her helicopter was affected by bad weather.
But when she finally appeared she smiled and waved to crowds who had been chanting: “we want Kate.”
Around 200 locals gathered in the streets outside the station waiting for nearly three hours to see the Duchess.
As The Sun writes, stopping to talk to a group of women, who were wrapped in blankets as they sat in their wheelchairs, Kate shared a loud laugh with them.
Claire Moss-Smith, 86, said she had said to the Duchess: “I’m waiting for you to be Queen.”
Middleton replied, laughing: “You might be waiting a long time.”
Peter Foot, a 76-year-old day patient at the hospice, stood up from his wheelchair as Kate made her way over to him.
“She said ’sit down’,” he said, “I explained that I could not stand for very long and that’s why I’m in the chair.”
He went on, explaining: “I was always taught to be a gentleman because my mother taught me that’s the thing to do.”
The Duchess asked him how long he had lived in the area and he told her some of the details of his working life. “She’s brilliant and I hope she’s the next queen,” he concluded.