They're ready to celebrate! Locals in Kate Middleton's hometown of Bucklebury, Berkshire, are getting ready to celebrate Royal Baby number two — and everyone's predicting a baby girl!
The Duchess of Cambridge, 33, is a regular visitor to the village of Bucklebury, where her parents Michael and Carole Middleton still live. Just last weekend (Saturday, April 18) Prince William's heavily pregnant wife escaped the fast pace of London for some quiet family time with Prince George in the leafy country idyll.
And as Royal Baby fever grips the world once more, locals in the Middleton family village are gearing up for some big celebrations, and pinning their hopes on the baby being a girl.
“Baby fever is definitely building in the village," John Haley, landlord at the Old Boot Inn (Kate's favorite local pub and a regular choice for Middleton family lunches) tells Us Weekly. "We’ve got a party coming up on Friday 1st May so it would be great if it could coincide with that," he says.
"The Middletons were at the pub last week," he says of Kate's excited parents. "They are very happy, naturally, as their future grandchild is going to be born very soon. They were in very good spirits and looking forward to the birth," he adds.
And while the locals are keen to celebrate news of the infants arrival whatever the sex, there’s an overriding expectation in Bucklebury that the Duchess’ secondborn will be a girl.
“There’s absolutely an atmosphere in the village about the birth," local Franca Geppert, girlfriend of the pub's landlord, tells Us. "People are so excited. Everybody in the village is convinced it will be a girl for her."
The village’s Blackbird Café is also full of excited patrons, hoping for the birth of a baby princess. "We had James Middleton in the other day," owner Emma Blackman tells Us of Kate's sibling, who had just returned from a trip to L.A. with girlfriend Donna Air and her daughter. "He was lovely and picked up his soya cappuccino. The whole village is getting excited about the pregnancy because they are a family who are part of the fabric of the community round here. We think it will be a girl.”
Stay with Us Weekly for all the latest updates on Royal Baby No. 2, including an exclusive livestream of the scene outside St. Mary's Hospital once the Duchess goes into labor, frequent updates from royal experts and Us staffers in London, the big baby reveal, and much more!
Reporting by Benjamin Potter