Yesterday, Prince William was the best man at the wedding of his old friend Thomas van Straubenzee. His brother Prince Harry was an usher and attended the affair with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas. Pippa Middleton was also there. But where was Kate Middleton? The Duchess of Cambridge was a no-show. That's because mom-to-be Kate decided not to go to the high society wedding fearing she could go into labor.
The wedding -- van Straubenzee married Lady Melissa Percy, the Duke of Northumberland's daughter, if those fancy titles mean anything to you) -- took place at Alnwick Castle, which is a 300 mile drive from where Kate and William live.
Although Kate's anticipated delivery date is still a few weeks off (July 11), she decided not to risk the long drive. And who can blame her?
According to reports, Kate was really upset that she couldn't make the wedding but she didn't want to take any chances. If she did go into labor, Will likely could have hopped a helicopter and got there on time. But today, the wedding is over and still ... no royal baby.
Not to worry though. Will and Kate won't be keeping the details of their baby secret. A framed birth announcement will be placed on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace shortly after the baby arrives.
And according to a Kensington Palace spokesperson:
While it is a deeply personal and private event, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge realize this is a time of national celebration and that there will be vast interest in the baby. They realize many people will want to share in their happiness.
We can't wait!
What do you think of Kate skipping her good friend's wedding? Would you go on a long road trip a few weeks before your baby was due?
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