Will the election delay the announcement of the royal baby?

The second child of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William aka the royal baby, will arrive later this month and the couple have revealed they’ll once again use the exclusive maternity facility, the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington for the birth.

Prince George, who was born to much fanfare in July 2013 as royal baby fever went a little OTT, was also born at the hospital which saw the now famous first picture of the future king being cradled in his mother’s arms 24 hours after Kate gave birth.

While the world’s media might be setting up camp outside the hospital again, it doesn’t guarantee we’ll get another glimpse of the newborn like last time. Royal sources have told The Express that the couple will probably want Prince George to meet his sibling first and will decide nearer the time about a full photoshoot on the Lindo Wing steps.

Royal baby: Kate Middleton with baby George

Prince George is introduced to the nation in 2013 (WENN)

The world will first have knowledge of the royal baby arrival when the Duchess goes into labour only after the Queen and their families are told. According to sources the public might also have to wait for news on the birth, in case of any political news.

The birth date, predicted to be the final week of April, comes in the middle of the election and sources have apparently told the paper, the news maybe held back behind any major election stories.

Kensington Palace confirmed the news yesterday (April 9) and in a statement also passed on the couple’s thanks for the excitement about the impending arrival.

Royal baby: Press at the Lindo Wing in 2013

The press outside the Lindo Wing in 2013 (WENN)

“The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the UK and indeed around the world over the last few months,” a spokesman said.

“They know that people are excited that Prince George will soon have a little brother or sister and it means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family.”

Officials also reiterated that the couple don’t know the sex of their baby and are waiting until it’s born to find out. This is despite reports Kate bought pink paint for a nursery at their Norfolk estate at Anmer Hall which the Express seems to think is proof it will be a girl.

Royal baby: Prince George with mum Kate

Prince George will probably be one of the first to meet his little brother or sister (WENN)

The bookies are still taking bets on the sex of the royal baby, favouring a girl over a boy but let’s just remember that bets have zero chance of influencing the actual outcome and really it’s 50/50 over whether it’s a boy or girl.

The news of a London birth means Kate won’t be setting up home at Anmer Hall properly until after the arrival of the second child. The couple have spent alot of time at the ten-bedroom mansion over the last few months and they’ll most likely make it their permanent residence when William takes up his role with the East Anglia Air Ambulance.