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Kate, Britain's new 'yummy mummy' in chief

She transformed herself effortlessly from ordinary Kate Middleton into a future queen -- but for Britain's most famous new mother, the work has just begun. Exhausted after giving birth, 31-year-old Kate will have little time to recover before she and Prince William present their newborn son, third in line to the throne, to the world's media camped outside the hospital. It is a public start to a very public motherhood.

Media frenzy in London as 'Great Kate Wait' nears end

The London hospital hosting Prince William's wife Kate was the scene of a media frenzy Monday after weeks of waiting for the royal baby -- while tourists kept an eye out for the big announcement at Buckingham Palace. For the dozens of weary international journalists who have camped for three weeks outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, there was relief at the prospect, finally, of some actual news to report.

Britain's Kate in labour

Kate Middleton, who is pregnant with her first child who will be third in line to the British throne, went into labour on Monday, Kensington Palace said. "The notification has gone out that she is in the early stages of labour after being admitted to the Lindo wing at about 6 am (0500 GMT) this morning," a spokeswoman said. bed/lc/jz

Britain's Kate: middle-class mum of future monarch

Kate Middleton was the middle-class girl who made becoming a princess look easy -- but bringing up a royal baby will bring fresh challenges for Britain's glamorous future queen. Since her fairytale marriage to Prince William in 2011, 31-year-old Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as she is now formally known, has hardly put a foot wrong. Reportedly once nicknamed "Little Miss Perfect", the glossy brunette has breathed new life into the monarchy, drawing comparisons with William's late mother Princess Diana.

Mother-to-be Kate faces Diana comparisons

As Prince William's wife Catherine prepares to give birth to a new heir to the throne, she faces renewed comparisons with her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, whom she never met. The former Kate Middleton only met her prince four years after Diana's untimely death, but William gave her his mother's sapphire ring on their engagement, saying "it was right to put the two together". Despite the popularity of the young royals, Catherine, 31, has at times been compared unfavourably to the late princess, who seduced the public with her outspokenness and glamour.

Re-wear your clothes, designer Westwood advises Kate Middleton

LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton should re-wear her outfits to help the environment, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood said on Sunday. The designer advised Middleton, the wife of Britain's Prince William and the country's future Queen, that she should recycle her outfits if she puts a lot of effort into her appearance.

Pregnant Kate's "rounded belly" pictures make a splash overseas

By Antonella Ciancio MILAN, Feb 13 (Reuters) - An Italian magazine ignored the protests of Britain's royal family on Wednesday to publish pictures of Prince William's pregnant wife Kate in a blue bikini on a private island. The gossip magazine Chi, owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, defended its decision to splash pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge showing off her "rounded belly" by implying they were taken in public.

British royals condemn Italian mag for Kate baby bump pics

Britain's royal family on Tuesday expressed disappointment after an Italian magazine said it would print paparazzi pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine showing her pregnant belly. St James's Palace said the move by Chi magazine, which is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, breached the royal couple's right to privacy. "We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas," a St James's Palace spokeswoman said in a statement to AFP.

UPDATE 1-William and Kate's British royal baby due in July

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting a baby in July, the prince's office announced on Monday, ending speculation that the Duchess of Cambridge may be having twins. Press and public interest in their first baby will be huge, with particular focus on gender now that the government is passing legislation changing historic rules of succession to ensure the baby will become third in line to the British throne behind William no matter whether it is a girl or boy.

William and Kate's British royal baby due in July

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The baby of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate is expected in July, the prince's office said on Monday. The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, was revealed in December when she was admitted to hospital for three days, suffering from severe morning sickness. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July," the prince's office said in a statement, which also refutes speculation that Kate could be carrying twins.
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