Queen hopes for royal baby's arrival before holidays

The Queen is due to leave for Balmoral at the end of next week.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Queen hopes for royal baby’s swift arrival before holidays” was written by Caroline Davies, for The Guardian on Wednesday 17th July 2013 16.35 UTC

Little is permitted to interfere with the Queen’s rigid seasonal diary – not even the imminent birth of a future heir to the throne.

It is mid-July and that means the royal caravan is soon due to head north of the border to the Balmoral estate for its annual summer sojourn, leaving Buckingham Palace to the tourists.

So, no pressure on the Duchess of Cambridge to learn of the Queen’s wish for a swift delivery of her great-grandchild in time for the royal holidays.

Questioned rather directly by schoolgirl Fay Bately, 10, during a visit to the Lake District, on whether she hoped for a boy or girl, the Queen replied: “I don’t think I mind.”

Then she added: “I would very much like it to arrive. I am going on holiday”.

The Queen is due to leave for Balmoral at the end of next week.

Her impatience is likely to be shared by the photographers and TV crews who on Wednesday were on the 17th day of what has been called the Great Kate Wait outside the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, in central London.

Fay, a pupil at Wiggonby C of E primary school, was among a flag-waving crowd greeting the Queen and the Princess Royal at the Brockhole Lake District visitor centre by Lake Windermere. Afterwards, Fay told reporters it was “really, really exciting” to speak to the Queen.

The Queen’s final engagement before her holiday is on Tuesday.

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