As the world continues to wait for the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth, the royal baby has burst into existence on Wikipedia.
An entry for the “Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”, which describes the future king or queen as “the world’s most famous baby”, has already been viewed close to 95,000 times since it was created on June 27.
The page details everything from the announcement of Kate’s pregnancy to cultural and political reactions to the unborn child, but readers searching for hints about the baby’s date of birth will be left disappointed.
“[The baby] is due to be born in July 2013,” the page says.
While the wait has been torturous for tired camera crews camped in front of London’s St Mary’s Hospital, where Kate is expected to give birth, the uncertainty is paying off for others.
UK bookmakers Coral and Ladbrokes say they have made a combined £43,000 (N10.5m) on failed attempts to predict the baby’s date of birth, because most bets were placed on an arrival last week, according to London’s Telegraph.
Jessica Bridge, a spokesperson for Ladbrokes, told the newspaper: “We are rubbing our hands with glee that the baby is overdue now, but we know it’s only going to be short-lasting.
“The gender is obviously going to cost us a fortune either way, so ideally we would love it if the couple chose a name that’s generally been friendless with punters and therefore hasn’t seen a lot of money, such as Philip or Grace.”
Coral said betting is now being influenced by reports Carole Middleton had told friends that her first grandchild could have a Leo star sign — meaning she does not think it will be born until at least July 23.
“People are now betting on Tuesday, which would make the baby a Leo,” Coral spokesperson Nicola McGeady said.