Kate and Wills to host baby shower at Kensington Palace

By Kirstin Buick
14 June 2013

Prince William and Duchess Catherine are reportedly hosting a baby shower at the former home of the prince's late mother Princess Di.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly planning to throw a baby shower at Kensington Palace.

Prince William ? second in line to the British throne ? and wife Catherine intend to hold the celebration on Sunday 30 June at the London royal residence, where William's late mother, Princess Diana, lived up to her death in August 1997.

The date has special significance as it is the day before what was Diana's birthday, and 30-year-old William ? who has a younger brother, Prince Harry ? wants to make her memory part of his baby's entrance into the world.

A source told Now magazine, "Wills is very excited about it. His view is that his mom will be there with them in spirit as they look forward to the baby's arrival."

William and Kate have told guests coming to not buy extravagant gifts, and instead just want to focus on having a great day.

The source added, "They just want to have fun and relax before the big day."

The couple also intend to take the baby to meet Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, and other maternal relatives at the Spencer family home on the Althorp country estate in Northamptonshire, and to visit Diana's grave.

The source said, "It'll be incredibly emotional for them."

Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, has helped with the organisation of the baby shower and had wanted to hold it at their parents' home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, but she’s happy to host it at Kensington Palace, although there’s a possibility another shower could happen at the Middleton house.

Kate (31) is due to give birth in just a few weeks in mid-July.

-Bang Showbiz

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