The world is awaiting the arrival of the royal baby, and according to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, we don't have to wait too much longer!
On Monday, Prince Charles' wife reportedly told well-wishers at Little Harbour children's hospice, located near St. Austell, Cornwall, that the family expects Kate Middleton to give birth "by the end of the week."
"We are all just waiting by the telephone," Camilla said in an impromptu speech. "We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here."
Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, reportedly expects the little prince or princess to be a Leo, meaning his or her birthdate would fall between July 23 and August 22. Specifically, though, Carole claims the child's due date is July 22, 2013, which would make him or her fall under the astrological sign of Cancer. Grandmummy, however, seems to be accounting on Kate going into delivery at least slightly later than her due date.
And members of Kate's and Prince William's families aren't the only ones placing bets on when the royal baby will arrive! Online betting site William Hill seems to back Camilla's statement, giving odds of 3 to 1 that the baby will be born Tuesday, 3 to 1 on Wednesday, 6 to 1 Thursday, 9 to 1 Friday and 10 to 1 for Saturday. On July 22, what Carole reportedly claims to be the baby's due date, the site gives 16 to 1 odds of the royal baby being born. After that, the odds diminish for the remainder of July. The site also predicts 20 to 1 odds that the baby will be born anytime in August.
According to Metro, an estimated £1 million ($1.5 million) has already been gambled in the United Kingdom on details surrounding the baby. Coral, a U.K. betting site, reports that one individual has put a £5,000 ($7,543!) bet on Kate having a girl, at odds of 4 to 5.
"Punters have gone royal baby betting mad, and we are taking bets on the new arrival every hour across the nation," the site's PR manager, Nicola McGeady, said, noting betters are also taking a gamble on the baby's name, weight and hair color. "Turnover has soared and in particular more and more female punters are coming through the doors or going online to make their predictions."
The betting community seems to have it all figured out, too. McGeady explained, "If the money talks, then the newest heir to the throne will be a 7-pound brunette princess named Alexandra, born sometime in the morning."
Not everyone can really afford to gamble away their cash, but should the royal baby ever decide to take some chances with their money, it'll probably be A-OK. It's been reported that the future prince or princess could stand to inherit a staggering 1 billion pounds, based on immediate family members' wealth.
But not to worry: The royal baby's also going to help put cash into other Brits pockets! According to the Centre for Retail Research, British retail sales will get a $376 million increase from the birthdate in July through August.