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TODAY   |  July 16, 2013

Duchess Camilla hopes baby arrives by ‘end of week’

As royal watchers around the world speculate on when the first child of Prince William and Duchess Catherine will arrive, William’s stepmother Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, gave her own guess saying “hopefully by the end of the week, he or she will be here.” TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.

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>> with the royal baby watch. the duchess of cambridge is keeping out of sight but the waiting game for the rest of the world is highly visible and natalie is in the middle of it at st. mary's hospital in london. nat, good morning to you.

>> good morning savannah. well, the great kate wait continues here. now i'm going to go out on a limb. are you ready for this? i'm going to tell you, the new baby, baby cambridge will arrive -- you fill in the blanks but one person who is dropping a hint is a royal.

>> reporter: when will kate give birth? one person who may know, william 's step mother, camilla the duchess of cornwall who on monday caused a stir with her own royal baby guess.

>> we're all waiting. hopefully by the end of the week, he or she will be there.

>> you may say this waiting game began a little less than three years ago when william and kate stepped into the spotlight to announce their engagement.

>> obviously, you know, we want a family. so we'll have to start thinking about that.

>> reporter: from the wedding to tours overseas, to the olympics last summer. the world watched with eager anticipation.

>> all over the world turned on the tv and were swept away by this royal romance. they are very, very interested in the outcome.

>> reporter: so when the news came last september.

>> official word that prince william and kate middleton are having a baby.

>> reporter: the count down begins. we have admired the fashions, measured the bump and crunched the numbers and now the time is here. well, almost. just ask long time royal photographer arthur edwards . he camped out for william and harry's births.

>> how much longer do you think we'll wait.

>> a whisper from someone else at the palace it could be next week. next tuesday.

>> really?

>> that's the due date. you never know.

>> reporter: whenever it happens day or night, the media is camped out watching the clock for the faithful hour.

>> real estate comes as a premium when you're standing here playing the waiting game . i secured the prime spot. this one come with a free panoramic view.

>> reporter: the media aren't the only ones playing it. some need the babies gender and name before they sell their wears.

>> people want it to happen.

>> i hope it kicks off now. i hope it kicks off now and we'll be right here.

>> i think people secretly kind of love it.

>> there's going to be a wait when kate goes into labor as well but for now i might as well be comfortable and have myself a spot of tea and as the britts are known to say here keep calm and carry on.

>> wait and wait and wait. grab a crumpet. new alzheimer's