Frenzy of speculation on name & gender of Prince William's & Kate Middleton's second child

Frenzy of speculation on name & gender of Prince William's & Kate Middleton's second child

SINGAPORE - All hail the new prince or princess?

Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their second child this month and speculation has been rife regarding the name and gender of the baby.

The Mirror UK reported that the three shades of pink paint samples that were supplied by interior design company Annie Sloan to Anmer Hall, the royal couple's current 10-bedroom home, carry certain implications of a baby girl.

The Daily Mail described the pink shades: Henrietta is a "beautiful rich complex pink with a hint of lilac", Antoinette is a "soft pale pink with a hint of brown" reminiscent of "old-fashioned roses and the colour of old plaster" while Emile is a "warm soft aubergine colour with pink and red undertones."

Other clues leading to the possible birth of a baby girl as seen in public is the Duchess of Cambridge's supposed interest in girl's clothing at a boutique, her craving for sweet treats and also the choice of a bright fuchsia coat for her last public appearance on March 27, reported The New Paper.

Amidst the rumours and speculations, the British government has not released an official statement on the baby's name or gender.

The Mirror UK also reported that Kensington Palace has declined to comment on the issue.

The royal couple have a two-year-old son, George Alexander Louis, who was born on July 22, 2013. Prince George is third in line to the royal throne.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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