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Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton, Duchess Catherine

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Plenty of people can't wait to meet the royal baby, but few are as excited as grandma Middleton!

Kate Middleton's mother, Carole, has reportedly been counting down the days until the spare heir's birth by keeping busy at Anmer Hall preparing for her new grandchild. There's been word that Carole has been taking charge when it comes to the baby's nursery at Kate and Prince William's newly renovated digs.

Meanwhile, once the baby is born, Carole will be on deck and ready to help her daughter as she figures out how to juggle two children at the Sandringham estate. The 60-year-old was hands-on after Prince George's birth, and reports say she will most likely continue her focus on the young prince when his sibling arrives.

The royals have also arranged to have a nanny with them on the estate to help with the children.

Much has been made of the so-called "Middletonization" of Prince George, or the greater role that his mother's side of the family has had in his upbringing so far. Speculation about the royal family's role or lack thereof in George's life went so far as to prompt Clarence House to uncharacteristically insist in a statement that Charles has "an excellent relationship with his grandson."

"I think Kate is very much of her own parenting style and she does what works for her," CNN Royals Commentator Victoria Arbiter told E! News. "She was very fortunate she came from a family where her mother was home waiting for her when she came home from school, so she has a very good role model in terms of how to raise children."

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