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Queen Elizabeth II Hopes Royal Baby Arrives Soon

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Eagerly awaiting the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby? Well, so is Queen Elizabeth II.

During a visit to Cumbria in northwest England on Wednesday, the queen was asked by a young schoolgirl at a public event, "Do you want Kate's baby to be a boy or a girl?"

 "I don't think I mind," the monarch replied, generating laughter from the crowd. "I would very much like it to arrive because I'm going on holiday."

The queen is expected to begin her summer vacation in Scotland next week.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate Middleton, Duchess Catherine John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Of course, the queen isn't the only royal ready for the little one to make his or her grand entrance.

On Monday, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, told well-wishers at a children's hospital that the family expects the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth "by the end of the week."

"We are all just waiting by the telephone," she said. "We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here."

And just yesterday, when a woman carrying a three-week-old baby greeted Prince Charles during his visit to the seaside town of Bude and said, "You have got one of these coming soon," he replied, "Hopefully."

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Kate Middleton, Prince William Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

But it looks like Middleton's mom, Carole, has her own idea of when the newest royal will arrive. She reportedly expects that her grandchild's due date is July 22.

If that's the case, it will mean that hundreds of U.K. moms will have to wait that much longer to name their newborns.

According to U.K. shopping website Netvouchercodes.co.uk (via The Courant), a recent survey of 440 new moms are willing to leave their babies nameless while they wait for Kate to give birth and choose a royal moniker. Additionally, over 10 percent of those who participated are postponing picking a name so that their sons and daughters can share the same name as the royal baby.

It's a good thing that parents in England have a six-week grace period before they have to legally name their newborn children.

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