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Kate Middleton’s July Due Date: The Pros and Cons of Having a Royal Summer Baby (Photos)

With the world eager for any tidbit of news about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy, the announcement that the baby is due sometime in July was met with great excitement.

Naturally, the birth would be wonderful and momentous no matter when it fell — this is the future British monarch we’re talking about, after all. But having a summer baby will pose its own set of unique joys and challenges for new mother Kate Middleton.

For instance, it would be a nice twist of fate if it were a girl born on July 1, the birth date of the late Princess Diana. But naming the new princess after her grandmother might not sit too well with Kate’s in-laws.

Then there are the problems with weather (will a thunderstorm ruin an outdoor birthday party?), other commitments (everyone’s always on vacation) and choice of refreshments (those ice-cream cakes are a bland, melty mess).

What other issues — positive and negative — will a July prince or princess face? Read on!

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  • Pro: No foul-weather delivery 1 of 9
    Pro: No foul-weather delivery
    Women with due dates between November and March have nightmares about wintry weather. What if a blizzard snows them in when the labor pains start? Or the ambulance skids on the ice on the way to the hospital? No such fears for Kate. They may have to turn up the a/c a trifle in the delivery room, but that's about it.
    From The Weather Channel: Average temperatures in Britain.
  • Con: No school birthdays 2 of 9
    Con: No school birthdays
    Ask any summer-born child how she feels about watching her classmates bringing in cupcakes and getting sung to, knowing she'll never enjoy that privilege. Will and Kate would do well to find a school that sets aside a day for one big summer-birthday celebration.
    From Yahoo: How teachers celebrate summer birthdays.
  • Pro: No anniversary conflicts 3 of 9
    Pro: No anniversary conflicts
    Oh, sure, it's adorable when a baby arrives on or close to his parents' anniversary - but after a few years, Mom and Dad may start to wish that they could focus their attention on a romantic evening rather than a kiddie party. This won't be a problem for this royal couple. They were wed in April 2011 - so they'll be free to turn their child over to the nanny while they slip out for an intimate evening.
    From HollywoodLife: How the Duke and Duchess celebrated their first anniversary.
  • Con: Birthday party conflicts 4 of 9
    Con: Birthday party conflicts
    The other bummer about being born in the summer: All your party guests are busy with their own vacation and camp plans. Just think of the fretting from the parents of the royal heir's future guests: "I KNOW we already have nonrefundable reservations at Disneyland. Do YOU want to be the one to tell the Prince we're too busy to come watch the future Queen of England mash frosting into her hair?"
    From The Stir: A funny look at why kids' summer birthdays are the pits.
  • Pro: The baby could share its grandmother’s birthday 5 of 9
    Pro: The baby could share its grandmother's birthday
    The littlest royal will be the first grandchild of the late Diana, Princess of Wales - whose birthday was July 1. A matching birthdate would delight the many who still hold cherished memories of the princess.
    From ABC: The standard Diana set for royal motherhood.
  • Con: The baby might upstage its great-grandmum 6 of 9
    Con: The baby might upstage its great-grandmum
    Queen Elizabeth II has a major milestone coming up in July: the 60th anniversary of her coronation. The event will be honored with a four-day public festival on the Buckingham Palace grounds. But if the little prince or princess puts in an appearance during that time, the Queen's big day could be all but forgotten. Not very sporting, what?
    From the Royal Warrant Holders Association: All about the Coronation Festival.
  • Pro: The baby could have a regal birth sign 7 of 9
    Pro: The baby could have a regal birth sign
    If little Baby Cambridge arrives on or after July 23, that will put him or her under the astrological sign of Leo. Like the lion the sign represents, Leos are natural leaders, charismatic, generous and dignified. But being born earlier in the month wouldn't be bad, either. That would make the baby a sensitive, charity-oriented Cancer.
    Learn about your child's astrological sign at BabyCenter.
  • Con: Possibly lower grades 8 of 9
    Con: Possibly lower grades
    Research has long suggested that summer-born children perform more poorly in school than their cold-weather classmates. Those few months can make a difference in terms of maturity and brain development. Researchers from Britain's Institute of Fiscal Studies say that summer-born kids are more likely than fall- and winter-born classmates to be unhappy in school. On the other hand, birthdays don't always determine destiny. July babies Ringo Starr, Tom Hanks, Mariah Carey and Ronald Reagan did all right for themselves.
    From Freakonomics: How birth date affects school performance.
  • Con: The cluster-birthday headache 9 of 9
    Con: The cluster-birthday headache
    The new baby will join a host of other relatives born in the summer: Prince William, Princess Eugenie and Prince Philip in June, plus Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in July. Oh, yes - and the Queen celebrates an "official" birthday in June as well. That's a lot of cards, gifts and cake in just a few weeks' time. Kate must wish sometimes that her in-laws were spaced a little further apart.
    From MSN: Special dates the royal baby could share.

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