Britain's Duchess of Cambridge's due date could be 10 days earlier than previously reported.
The 31-year-old and her husband, Prince William (31), were rumoured to be expecting their first child on 13 July, but it’s now thought a false date was leaked to the press in order to safeguard the royal family's privacy.
According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Catherine is likely to follow the same protocol as Prince William and Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, who announced in 1982 that her due date was 1 July, when the baby (William) in fact arrived 10 days before, on 21 June.
The brunette is also following in Diana's footsteps by planning to give birth at London's St Mary's Hospital, where the tiny tot will be delivered in the Lindo Wing by royal gynaecologist Dr Marcus Setchell.
Due to Kate's unexpected acute morning sickness last year, Clarence House was forced to announce the news of her pregnancy before her 12-week-scan had happened, so the exact due date has always been speculative.
The duchess revealed in April the new addition to their family was due "around mid-July", adding, "Babies have their own agenda."
The royal protocol for announcing the birth has also been modernised ahead of the baby's arrival. Once family, including Queen Elizabeth, have been notified via a traditional bulletin signed by the royal medical team, the announcement will be posted on a wooden easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, followed by an electronic announcement.