KATE Middleton is hoping her first child is a boy, but her husband would prefer a daughter, she has revealed.
The royal mum-to-be, who is around five-and-a-half months pregnant, spoke openly about her pregnancy while meeting members of the Irish Guards at a St Patrick's Day parade.
During a visit with her husband Prince William to the regiment's Aldershot barracks, she said she was "excited" about the baby, which is due in July, and is prepared for sleepless nights. The couple do not know the sex of their child.
Prince William, who wore ceremonial dress, was attending the parade as Colonel of the Regiment.
During the event the Duchess presented traditional sprigs of shamrock to the officers and guardsmen, including her husband and the regiment's new mascot, seven-month-old Irish wolfhound Domhnall.
After carrying out the presentation in the century-old tradition which was previously carried out by the Queen Mother, the royal couple chatted to soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in the Guardsmen's cookhouse.
Guardsman Lee Wheeler (29), who told the Duchess he missed his 22-month-old son while on duty, said he spoke to her about the baby.
"I asked her, 'Do you know if it's a girl or boy?' and she said, 'Not yet.' She said, 'I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl.'
"That's always the way," he recalled.