The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge don’t know or aren’t divulging the sex of their second child, due in April, though they gently quashed rumors of twins with the wording of their October 2014 announcement that “a baby” was on the way. Since then, bookmakers have done brisk business taking bets on the baby’s name. Among the top contenders: James, Arthur and Elizabeth. The child–whatever it’s called–will be the new fourth in line to the thrones of the U.K. and 15 other realms, displacing the current fourth, Prince Harry. Meanwhile, great-granny Queen Elizabeth II turns 89 in the same month the baby is expected. One of the key jobs of royalty is simply to turn up and look interested. Banks of cameras will undoubtedly await the birth outside the hospital, ensuring the newest Windsor gets straight to work.
This appears in the December 29, 2014 issue of TIME.
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