The Royal Baby: 7 New Developments As The World Waits For Kate And Will's First Child

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Jul. 16 2013, Published 2:01 p.m. ET

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Kate Middleton's expected to give birth any day now to her first child with husband Prince William, and we've got the seven latest developments surrounding the little royal-in-waiting.

Grandpa Goes Fishin': Primed to become the royal grandpa, Prince Charles, along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, toured in Brixham, a small fishing town in England's Southwest. Workers said they were impressed by Charles' keen knowledge and awareness of their trade, after he boarded a fishing trawler boat.

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The Waiting In The Hardest Part: The baby is expected to come “by the end of the week," Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall said during an appearance at Little Harbour Children’s Hospital near St. Austell, Cornwall. She added: “We don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re all waiting at the end of a telephone. I hope by the end of the week he or she will be there.”

Like It's 1999: Kate's hometown of Bucklebury has big plans for a "massive" celebration, local business owner John Haley said, according to reports. "It will be massive," said Haley, owner of The Old Boot Inn who attended the Royal Wedding more than two years ago. “After the wedding we had 350 people here for a party, and it’ll be much the same when the baby is born … hoping for 200 people to come down! I actually asked Kate if she could please tell me the date so we could plan the party. She said, 'John I really would but I have no idea what day it is.'" Haley said that party planning is a task due to the uncertain timing, but they're ready, waiting -- and prepared -- for the big news. "We have a bottle or two in the fridge ready to be popped when the baby is here -- to wet the baby’s head and the parents and bless the baby: We are ready to party once we get that call.”

A Town Transformed: The Royal baby will mean huge things for Kate's small village of Bucklebury, as one local official predicts it was have a distinctly new legacy with the highly-anticipated birth. Bucklebury Parish Council member Barry Dickens said officials "are hoping to mark the occasion with a set of wooden gates at the entrance to The Avenue in Bucklebury and the erection of an ornamental village sign. The gates will be in the same place that those that were there in the 1930s. Their purpose then was to enclose the common land which comprises much of Bucklebury Parish. With the increase in traffic levels the gates on the Avenue and other entrances to the Common were taken down."

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The Voice Of Many: David Beckham was quite sentimental when asked about the prince becoming a papa. "William has been in all of our lives for so many years and we've seen him grow from that young boy into an unbelievable gentleman," the 38-year-old hunk, who was a guest at the Royal Wedding, said. "That's an amazing quality that he shows and I think that as a father is so important." Asked if he would impart any parental advice to his princely pal, Becks said, "I don't think they need my advice. They've got so many amazing mentors and parents around them, and grandparents. They'll learn from them."

Old School: When the big moment comes, the first announcement will not be via tweet, Facebook post or news release. Rather, it will be done in the old-fashioned style the family employed when Will was born in 1982, with an official placard placed on an easel in Buckingham Palace's forecourt. (The easel was last used in 1982!)

Send In The Clowns: With a circus-like atmosphere developing outside London's St. Mary's Hospital, one attention-getting ribber -- and a spitting double of the royal uncle-to-be, Prince Harry -- took to the area in a military outfit with a giant stuffed animal as a gift for the tot. In related news from the fanfare, photographers — some of whom have been there for weeks now — have dubbed the countdown as "The Great Kate Wait."

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