Royal Baby: Hysteria, humor and "Kate Expectations"

Tue Dec 4, 2012 11:51am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - At least Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine have fewer things to worry about now they have announced they are expecting their first child.

A day after breaking the news, the couple popularly known as "Wills and Kate" received advice from the world's media and public on what to call the offspring, what he/she/they will look like, what to wear during pregnancy and even what the child was thinking inside the womb.

In an instant reminder of the goldfish bowl of attention the next generation of royals is destined to live in, newspapers splashed the story across their front pages on Tuesday and filled column after column with news, views and speculation.

"Extinguish all rational thought," the Independent newspaper's commentator John Walsh wrote.

In his article entitled "A feelgood foetus?" he praised the royal family's "impeccable" timing, temporarily diverting attention as it has from Britain's battle with debt and economic stagnation and a blazing row over press regulation.

Tabloid newspapers will relish the chance to cover every twist and turn of the pregnancy and birth, and they have not held back in their opening salvoes.

The Sun, Britain's biggest selling daily newspaper, gave a lengthy account of the announcement concluding with a bizarre photo-montage of what a royal heir might look like created by the Sun's "graphic experts".

Not to be outdone, the royalty-obsessed Daily Mail dedicated its first 13 pages to the topic of the couple, formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their baby.   Continued...

The wind blows as Britain's Prince William (UNSEEN) and his fiancee Kate Middleton, are seen attending a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the 'Hereford Endeavour', at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales in this February 24, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files