Kate Middleton Expecting? 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Royal Pregnancy (Photos)

Will William and Kate become parents this year?

It’s still all rumors and scrutiny (is that really a bump under her dress?), but we just can’t help wondering whether Kate Middleton – or the Duchess of Cambridge, if you prefer – is finally expecting the heir to the British throne.

Ever since a tabloid broke the pregnancy story this morning with a photo that kinda-sorta looks like the real deal, the buzz has been escalating. It certainly would make a great climax to the momentous Jubilee year for Queen Elizabeth II, and it would give the world something to look forward to now that Blue Ivy and Maxwell Drew are becoming old news.

Yeah, this may be yet another false alarm. But even if it is, you know that Prince William and his lovely bride will be having children eventually – it’s part of their royal duties.

So to prepare you for the official news – whenever it comes! – here are some things you should know about the future King or Queen in the making.

Brush up on your royal pregnancy facts now!

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  • Kate’s pregnancy is right on schedule 1 of 10
    Kate's pregnancy is right on schedule
    When you're next in line to the throne, the pressure is on to produce a successor. Queen Elizabeth II gave birth to Prince Charles almost exactly a year after her wedding, and Diana and Charles had Prince William 11 months after their nuptials. William and Kate celebrated their first anniversary in late April, so a pregnancy now would carry on the tradition.
    Read more about the royal children.
  • Kate may have a celeb maternity designer 2 of 10
    Kate may have a celeb maternity designer
    Just days after William and Kate's wedding, at least one report said that Victoria Beckham was showing the new Duchess of Cambridge some designs from her maternity line.
    Here's the story!
  • William and Kate could have the best Christmas present ever 3 of 10
    William and Kate could have the best Christmas present ever
    If, as is rumored, the Duchess is three months along, that would set her due date at December. Depending on what day the baby comes, it will be either a Sagittarius or a Capricorn.
    An astrologer looks at William and Kate's stars.
  • The new royal has a pricey bedroom 4 of 10
    The new royal has a pricey bedroom
    The couple will eventually be moving into Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Margaret. They're reportedly spending $1.6 million to renovate the estate - which, naturally, includes a nursery!
    Read more about the palace renovation.
  • Their baby could make history 5 of 10
    Their baby could make history
    If William and Kate's firstborn is a daughter, she would be the first girl to inherit the throne automatically. Traditionally, the crown goes to male heirs, even if they have older sisters - but a new change in the law dictates that any firstborn can get the honor.
    Here's more information about the historic change.
  • Their baby won’t be named Blue Ivy or Bronx 6 of 10
    Their baby won't be named Blue Ivy or Bronx
    Heirs like William are expected to observe certain proprieties when naming their children. It's traditional to select names that have been in the family for years, and to use several middle names as well. William's full name is Prince William Arthur Philip Louis.
    Read the Prince's official biography.
  • The baby will have a last name 7 of 10
    The baby will have a last name
    When your dad is the next King of England, you don't really need any other introduction. But the current British royal family does have an official surname that they can use if so desired: Mountbatten-Windsor.
    Here's an explanation of the family name.
  • The baby’s royal title 8 of 10
    The baby's royal title
    The firstborn child of William and Kate will be a Prince or Princess, and should be addressed as "Your Royal Highness." Other royal family members are also properly addressed as "Your Royal Highness" when starting a conversation, then "Sir" or "Ma'am" afterward.
    Here's more on how to behave when you're among royalty.
  • Kate will have help 9 of 10
    Kate will have help
    Having a nanny raise royal children is a centuries-old British tradition. Although modern royal moms are more hands-on with their children, they still go the Mary Poppins route. Given her busy schedule and the demands of royalty, it's almost certain Kate will too.
    An interesting story about the royals and their nannies.
  • All the royals will move down a step in succession 10 of 10
    All the royals will move down a step in succession
    If William were to die childless, brother Harry would be next in line, followed by his children, and so on. But a baby for William means that all his royal relatives - including his cousins Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, daughters of his uncle Prince Andrew - would move to a lower spot in line.
    Read more about the succession rules here.

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