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Queen Elizabeth Hopes a Nervous Kate Will Give Birth Soon | Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth Hopes the Royal Baby Arrives Before Her Holiday

Originally posted 07/17/2013 11:25AM

First it was Camilla hinting that the royal baby will be here by the end of the week. Now, it's Queen Elizabeth who's gently nudging mum-to-be Kate, who is expected to give birth any day now.

The 87-year-old monarch was talking to children in Cumbria in northern England, when she was asked if she hopes the royal baby will be a boy or a girl. "I don't think I mind," she said, before telling the children, "I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. No sign yet." (The Queen heads to her Balmoral estate in the Scottish highlands at the end of next week.)

But while her family – and the rest of the world, it seems – hang on for baby news, the couple at the heart of what's been dubbed the #GreatKateWait on Twitter try to remain cool and calm as temperatures rise amid a London heat wave.

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Kate Visits London's Olympic Park – and Plays Hockey | Kate Middleton

UpdatePosted 03/15/2012 02:00PM

Kate's Latest Accessory: A Hockey Stick

Originally posted 03/15/2012 10:30AM

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off something new Thursday during a surprise visit to London's Olympic Park – hockey skills.

Kate, 30, who played hockey in school and even served as her high school's team captain, joined in the game with players from Team GB, as part of her role as ambassador to the British squads.

Confessing to pre-game jitters, she said, "This is going to be so embarrassing. My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn't play ball."

Donning coral pink jeans and grey GB sweatshirt and Adidas sneakers, Kate finally scored a goal after three or four attempts.

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