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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Kate baby 'slip-up' causing a stir

Published 06/03/2013 | 07:06

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The Duchess of Cambridge meets Isobelle Laursen and Oliver Axcell, both three, on a visit to the Peak Lane Fire Headquarters in Grimsby
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby
The Duchess of Cambridge meets residents of the nearby St Andrew's Hospice during a visit to Humberside Fire and Rescue Station in Grimsby

The Duchess of Cambridge's big hint that she is expecting a girl has caused huge excitement among royal fans.

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Kate reportedly stopped herself from saying the word "daughter" as she accepted a teddy bear from a well-wisher during a trip to Grimsby.

But her uncharacteristic slip was repeated again during her visit - but the second time she suggested her unborn baby was a boy.

Royal fans still believe William and Kate's first child will be a girl and bookmaker Ladbrokes has slashed its odds from 4/5 to 1/2. For those who think the future monarch will be a boy, the firm is offering odds of 6/4.

William Hill has suspended its betting on the gender of the royal baby following a flood of bets from punters putting their money on a girl.

Rupert Adams, a spokesman for company, said: "Although the story is by no means conclusive, our customers came piling in and we were forced to suspend the market 10pm on Tuesday evening."

Kate, 31, who is five months pregnant, first let her guard down after being handed a soft toy by a member of the public.

Sandra Cook, who was standing next to the woman who gave the Duchess the present, said she overheard her say: "Thank you, I will take that for my d..." before stopping herself. Ms Cook, 67, told the Times: "I said to her 'You were going to say daughter, weren't you?' and she said 'No, we don't know'. I said 'Oh I think you do', to which she said 'We're not telling'."

Kate met the women outside the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby where crowds had waited to catch a glimpse of the royal. Her baby bump was visible beneath a chocolate-coloured three-quarter length Hobbs coat and during her time in the Lincolnshire town she also visited a fire station and a school.

Inside the fishing museum the Duchess met more local people including Katy Forrester, who told the Grimsby Telegraph: "I swear she said it was a boy." She added: "I asked her if the baby had been kicking. I swear she replied 'Yes, he is, very much so' but no-one else heard. Either I misunderstood it or Kate is trying to confuse us all."

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