It appears that there will soon be another Royal addition to the world with the much anticipated news that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.  According to the BBC, one historian reported it as being the first “duty and ambition” of someone in Kate’s position to produce an heir because “marriages and births are crucial to the very survival of the ancient institution” which is the Royal family.  Although, apparently the importance of the couple having a male baby will be soon be no longer because, regardless of gender, he or she may be third in line to the throne.

Assuming all goes well with the pregnancy, Kate will be 31 when her first baby is born, which is relatively old compared to her earlier Royal counterparts.  Most of these, such as Charles and Diana, had their first child within a year of being married and were also married much younger.  However, they are typical of a generation of parents that get married later and tend to plan to have babies in their early thirties rather than twenties.

It is a shame that Kate had to tell the world so early because of her acute morning sickness.  Of all people, William and Kate I’m sure would have appreciated more time to get their heads around the pregnancy and to be sure that it will go to term.  However, hopefully all goes well for Kate and she gives birth to another healthy royal baby around July next year!

Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts is co-editor of MercatorNet's blog on population issues, Demography is Destiny. While she has a background as a barrister, writing has been a life-long passion and she has contributed...