Fashion designers across the UK – and possibly even further afield – are in a frenzy coming up with designs for the new royal mother-to-be, Prince William’s wife Catherine.
Not since Princess Diana has the British public had a royal figure who has inspired such keen interest in what she wears. The question is: will Kate go fabulous or frumpy as her pregnancy progresses?
UK fashion editors are already coming forward with advice on how Kate should dress, with consensus appearing to be that she should embrace fitted rather than flowing outfits.
Royal family tweets pregnancy
In a true sign of the times, the Internet rapidly spread news of the unborn child, which will be the first royal baby of the online age.
News of the former Kate Middleton’s pregnancy was announced by the royal family on Twitter.
The hashtag #royalbaby instantly shot to the top of Twitter’s ‘trending topics’ list following the announcement.
Interest was so great that the official website of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are officially known, crashed owing to high demand.
Spin-off topics abound
Meanwhile, online topics of royal baby-related conversation have ranged from likely names and godparents to the probability that the new third-in-line to the British throne will inherit the famous ginger locks of its uncle, Prince Harry.
Bookmakers predict that the couple will name the baby after a close relative, with William’s late mother Diana among the early front-runners if it is a girl and John, George and Charles among the favourite boys’ names.