The long wait for the arrival of the royal baby is nearly over, with Kate due to give birth in a matter of hours.
According to the Duchess of Cornwall, the royal family is poised to welcome the new arrival “by the end of the week”.
During a visit to a children's hospice on Monday, she said: "We don't know what's going to happen. We're all waiting at the end of a telephone.
"I hope by the end of the week he or she will be there."
If Camilla’s predictions are correct, it could be little more than 72 hours before the future King or Queen arrives.
However, sources have disclosed to the Daily Telegraphmedical staff at St Mary’s Hospital, where the Duchess is expected to give birth, were told the due date is actually today, not July 13 as was claimed by one newspaper.
“It raises the intriguing – and, for those camped outside the hospital, agonising – possibility that the Duchess could give birth as late as August 2, if the baby was two weeks late,” says the Telegraph.
The world’s media has for the past fortnight been camped outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital.
Meanwhile bookies have witnessed a royal baby betting frenzy, with thousands putting money on baby names, hair colour and birth weight.
Some are even taking bets on what career the royal baby will go on to have, and at what age they’ll first be photographed visiting a nightclub.
Alexandra remains the most popular girl name at 6/4, while James leads the way for the boys at 6/1.
William Hill has slashed the odds of a royal son being named David from 66/1 to 33/1, after David Beckham said he thinks his is a perfect name for the latest addition to the royal family. And the bookmaker is offering 250/1 for Becks to be named as a godparent.
"David Beckham was at William and Kate's wedding and is a good friend of Prince William," said spokesman Joe Crilly.
"Given that he may be able to pass on some of his footballing words of wisdom to the new arrival, being named as godfather may not be completely out of the realms of possibility."
The birth of the royal baby will for the first time be announced via social media. And to retain the theatre of the occasion, a proclamation signed by the doctors who delivered the baby will be displayed on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace.
After their child is born, the Duke and Duchess are due to take up residence in a wing of Kensington Palace, home to William's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.