Kate Middleton and Prince William having a boy? The odds are higher than ever, at least for gamblers. The British-based gaming company, Ladbrokes, has seen a surge in bets on a prince this past week. They estimate that 72% of all betters on the baby's sex have been opting for a boy, but only in the past seven days.
That's a change from the popular bet throughout the year. Since Kate Middleton's pregnancy was announced in December, the majority of betters have been putting their money on a future princess. This week, however, things have inexplicably changed.
“It’s been one-way traffic for a girl all year, but money talks, and the punters cash suggests a boy is back on the cards,” Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes stated in a press release on Wednesday. Meanwhile,William Hill, another British-based gaming company, currently quotes the odds of a male being 5/4, similar to Ladbrokes' 6/4 odds.
Gamblers aren’t only guessing the gender of the baby.The name, due date, hair color, and even
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Kate Middleton and Prince William having a boy? The odds are higher than ever, at least for gamblers. The British-based gaming company, Ladbrokes, has seen a surge in bets on a prince this past week. They estimate that 72% of all betters on the baby's sex have been opting for a boy, but only in the past seven days.Are Read More »from Royal Baby Bets Suddenly Favor A Boy
One more way the Royal Baby is clearly a breed apart from anyone else on the planet? He or she already has a Wikipedia page. It's the first time a person has gotten a Wikipedia page before birth, according to the Daily Beast. Mind you, this comes after fairly popular Royal Baby Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Wiki is already full of details surrounding Middleton’s complicated first trimester,the speculation surrounding the gender, and the titles afforded to the future monarch. Of course, no Wikipedia page is complete without a mention of controversial moments … and yes, even before birth, the Royal Baby has one. The Wikipedia page makes note of the fact that the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is knitting a kangaroo in honor of the Royal Baby’s birth—despite her dissenting political views on the monarchy.
All that from a child still in the womb. Can you imagine how much Wiki real estate this person will require as an adult? We'll need to build a bigger Internet.Read More »from Royal Baby Already Has A Wikipedia Page
- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Royal Baby Buzz – Fri, Jun 28, 2013 4:03 PM EDTMiddleton may still be pregnant, but her impersonator is already playing mom. After spending the past several months wearing a fake pregnancy bump, Heidi Agan has started working with a fake baby.Kate
"Clients have been asking, so I borrowed one of my daughter’s dolls to bring with me to events," Agan told Yahoo! Shine. "Right now, it works well.”
As Middleton's main look-alike, Agan is paid up to $1,000 to make appearances and pose for photos pretending to be the Duchess. It's a job the former waitress takes seriously, particularly now that business is booming.“As soon as Kate’s pregnancy was announced in December, my business increased by almost 400%,” said the 33-year-old. “I immediately went to my seamstress and had two custom-made bumps created so I could arrive at appearances looking like I was pregnant.” Since then, she's posed for photo-shoots and made multiple appearances wearing one of several different bump sizes.
But Agan's days of faking pregnancy are running out. ForRead More »from Kate Middleton's Look-Alike Already Has A Fake Royal Baby, Obviously
- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Royal Baby Buzz – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 2:29 PM EDT
Before Kate Middleton's decides how she'll feed her child, she should know the world is watching. No pressure. Read More »from Kate Middleton's Breastfeeding Plan: Everyone Has an Opinion
On Wednesday, Beverly Turner, a UK television, radio presenter, and mother of three penned an op-ed in the Telegraph challenging Middleton to nurse. "What we really need is The Duchess of Cambridge to get her Royal orbs out to feed our future monarch. And to be applauded-not seethed at-for doing so." She also called on women with "power and influence to get their milky bosoms out and feed smiling in paparazzi pictures."
These days, the personal decision to breastfeed has become a public issue. When Beyonce breastfed at a restaurant, she became an unofficial advocate of the breastfeeding movement. Meanwhile, women have come under fire for publicly nursing—be it on an airplane or on the cover of Time Magazine. Perhaps as a side effect of all the attention, U.S. breastfeeding rates have risen by 5 percent over the last few years. The World Health Organization's advises new moms to
- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Royal Baby Buzz – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 2:28 PM EDT
described Kate Middleton's athletic footwear, and one of the biggest obsessions for Kate's fashion followers. After the Duchess famously played field hockey in her Aquatalia Rhumba boots during an appearance last November, the Italian brand wasn't prepared for the magnitude of the Kate Effect and promptly sold out of the shoes. This week, Aquatalia just re-released the Rhumba boot on their website.The company is following in the quite literal footsteps of other brands who have tried to capitalize on the so-called Middleton effect—where sales surge as soon as Middleton is A high-heeled suede knee-high boot with a $698 price-tag. We've just spotted wearing a piece of their clothing—by re-issuing some of the styles she’s worn in the past.For instance, the royal blue dress Middleton wore to announce her Read More »from Kate Middleton's Favorite Boots Are Back. Game On!
“When the Rhumba was issued, we had no idea that it would be such a success, so the production was small,” Rena Krasnow, Aquatalia’s Creative Director, told the blog Fashionista.com
- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Royal Baby Buzz – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
first-time father. And since we're not likely to see pictures of the baby for at least a few weeks after the birth we went to the archives—aka YouTube.com—to dig up some vintage footage of William and his brother Harry when they were the world's most famous royal babies. Spoiler alert: They were awesome.In less than a month, Prince William is about to become a
Here's Prince William meeting the press with mom and dad at six months old.
In this clip, originally aired in1982, Prince William is described by the voiceover announcer as “serious, self-confident,and nonchalant.” Three decades later, and this description sounds prettyon-point for the man who will eventually be King of England.
Here's Prince Harry's 1984 Christening (keep an eye on Prince William)Read More »from Royal Baby Throwback: Old Footage Of Baby Prince William and Harry
As Prince Charles explains in theclip, the gown worn by Harry was one made for Queen Victoria’s daughter, andhas been passed down and worn by members of the Royal
- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Love + Sex – Wed, Jun 19, 2013 4:01 PM EDT
“I’ve been photographing parties for about four years,” Los Angeles-based photographer Christa Meola told Yahoo Shine. “The point isn’t Read More »from Bachelorette Party Boudoir Photos: Is This Really Happening?
There was a time when the most challenging part of being a bridesmaid was wearing an unflattering dress. Now some loyal bridal party members are expected to wear a lot less in honor of the bride. The New York Post reports a bizarre trend in bachelorette party boudoir photography. Friends are forgoing the traditional debauchery, in favor of seminaked group photo shoots.
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- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Healthy Living – Tue, Jun 18, 2013 11:10 AM EDT
Read More »from Royal Baby Effect: Kate Middleton's Kid Could Make UK $380 Million Richer
Kate Middleton is still weeks from her due date, but already her baby's a financial whiz kid. Consumer analysts are expecting a $380 million injection into the arm of the UK economy, thanks to the newborn.
Already the pitter patter of little feet has prompted a stampede of memorabilia merchandise. Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research, tells Reuters he expects the collectors to fork over an estimated 165 million pounds—that's over $240 million— for royal baby-themed china, and other collectibles marking the future monarch's arrival.
The Palace itself has capitalized on the memorabilia mania, with the Royal Collection Trust selling baby gear (the baby sleep-suit modeled on a royal guardsman outfit is already a big hit.) All proceeds from sales through the Royal Collection Trust are used for palace upkeep. In addition, the grandparents-to-be are getting in on the act. Prince Charles plans to sell handmade baby shoes through the gift shop at Highgrove, his country
- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 13, 2013 9:33 AM EDT
Kate Middleton made what's believed to be her last official solo appearance before the birth of her child. Parting the crowds in a festive Dalmatian print coat dress, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Southampton, England to christen Princess Cruises’ latest ocean liner, the Royal Princess.On Thursday,
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The event has been billed, according to the Associated Press, as her last official appearance before she embarks on maternity leave, though the Palace has not officially provided a confirmation.
The ceremony, broadcast live at 6:15 a.m, EST, included performances by the Royal Marines Band, the pipers of the Irish Guard, pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, and West End star Kerry Ellis, and is available to watch on demand on the Princess Cruise website, Princess.com.
The event was a celebration of the ship, but also very much a celebration of Middleton and her iconic position in both the U.K. and the world. By accepting the honor ofRead More »from Kate Middleton Christens Royal Princess Ship. Next Up, Maternity Leave?
- Anna Davies, Shine contributor | Parenting – Tue, Jun 11, 2013 7:29 PM EDT
Kate Middleton is not exactly Palace-approved.The latest portrait of
Artist Kaya Mar has created a Renaissance-inspired oil painting of the Duchess breastfeeding her unborn child. Depicted as the Madonna with a halo around her head and holed socks, Kate appears as a saint-like figure, nursing a baby in a crown as a Corgi (the Queen’s favorite breed) sits beside her.
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Mar, who began working on the portrait a month ago, explains his motivation to Yahoo Shine. “It’s satire,” he says. “I don’t have anything against Kate Middleton, but I’m using her as a metaphor for how our society elevates people into icons. Before she met William, she was a commoner. Now, people worship her.”
He explains that the socks with holes signify her "commoner" background, while the halo reflects who she has become through her marriage to Prince William. Meanwhile, he purposefully emulated the poses found in the iconic Madonna and child RenaissanceRead More »from Kate Middleton Breastfeeding Portrait Causes Controversy, Naturally