Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge, may be at the moment the most famous pregnant woman on Earth. She is, I hear, feeling much better after a serious bout with hyperemesis gravidarum, severe morning sickness. ObGyners tell us HG means it could be twins.
Of course, people around the world are now on high alert for every development in and outside her womb. Those who follow the Royals professionally or purely for diversion were not surprised by the official announcement on Decembeer 3. They had been noticing the telltale signs over the last several months: a fuller face, a drink of water instead of wine, loose-fitted dresses, and that real giveaway, a baby bump.
I know that Kate and William have the prayers and well wishes of everyone, or at least everyone who pays attention to these things. It only remains for nature to take its course. And come May or June--- it's thought Kate conceived about 12 weeks ago----a future king or queen will be born.
Until then, many are engaging in the usual speculations about an expected offspring. Will it be a boy or a girl? Will there be more than one? How many? What will his name, her name, their names be?
If they choose, Kate and William could go with the flow, that is, the current most popular names in Great Britain. Harry and Amelia are numero uno in their respective genders. Oliver, Jack, Alfie, and Charlie fill out the top five if we're talking future king. Olivia, Lily, Jessica, and Emily are the next most popular, if it's Her Majesty.
In the event of twins, wouldn't Oliver and Olivia be a natural conjugate pairing? Although a few highbrows might have reservations about King Oliver. Sounds more like a saxophone player, doesn't it, than a king of the Anglo-Saxons. Not that there's anything wrong with a saxophone player. One of our former presidents is one. And he has a first name that is very familiar in the annals of Buckingham Palace.