Princess Eugenie was pictured with her baby bump running errands in the days before announcing her baby news.
Eugenie, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, broke the news today, weeks before their second wedding anniversary.
In the days before the announcement, Eugenie looked stunning as she stepped out on a sunny day in west London’s Notting Hill.
The parents-to-be made their happy announcement on Instagram – posting a picture of a pair of bear slippers which Royal fans can buy for just £8 from John Lewis.
The picture has so far has gathered over 150,000 likes and over 6,700 comments of well wishes from people – congratulating the happy couple since it was posted, two hours ago.
The caption of the picture simply read: “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021…” and the baby emoji.
Messages of congratulations have since flooded the comments of the post, with some already speculating about whether the royal will give birth to a girl or a boy.
While the fluffy slippers are clearly very gender neutral, this hasn’t stopped several users from suggested they are a ‘hint’ that the couple will be having a boy.
One user shared their thoughts on Twitter, commenting: “Hope it goes well for Eugenie and Jack. Colour a hint of a baby boy maybe.”
Another on Instagram wrote: “Lovely news your royal highness! Nothing like a baby to bring some happiness into the world. I’ll say a boy.”
A third said: “Wonderful news. Congratulations. (I call boy!)”
Someone else replied: “Congratulations, is it a boy?”
An announcement about the pregnancy was also shared on the Royal Family’s social media accounts.
It read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.
“The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.”
The baby will be the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s ninth great-grandchild – and a first grandkid for Prince Andrew and ex Sarah Ferguson.
The tot will also be 11th in line to the throne. But while Eugenie is a princess, the baby will be plain Master or Miss Brooksbank, unless the Queen intervenes to give Jack an earldom or issues Letters Patent amending rules for a child born down a female line of the Royal Family – However, insiders think that unlikely.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.” And Eugenie posted a snap of baby booties, writing: “Jack and I are so excited.”
Bookies Ladbrokes have Arthur or Victoria as initial favourites for the name, while Paddy Power and Betfair plumped for Arthur or Alice.
The birth of a royal baby is a momentous moment in the family – and it comes with it’s own very particular set of rules.
Before any official announcement about the arrival of a royal baby, Her Majesty must be told first.
This rule is taken so seriously that when Prince George was born, Prince William used an encrypted phone to pass the news on to his grandmother.
This is a medieval tradition dating back hundreds of years and was introduced because most of the people in Britain were unable to read or write.
Tony Appleton had the honour of announcing the birth of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing when Kate Middleton gave birth.