Royal Baby Watch 2013: Wikipedia, Cake Makers and Bookmakers Take Advantage of Kate's Due Date
The wait is still in full swing as camera men, photographers and journalist continue to camp outside St. Mary's Hospital in London. There still hasn't been any word on when the baby will be coming, nor is there any action at the hospital, except for a fake delivery stunt organized by The Sun.
But as the waiting game continues, there have been a few updates.
Online, a Wikipedia page for the future heir has already been published, and so far, it has been doing pretty well with traffic. An entry for the "Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge" has already been viewed over 95,000 times since its creation Jun. 27, News.com.au reported.
The page has almost everything about the prince- or princess-to-be, including the December announcement of Kate Middleton's pregnancy, reactions from the public and the event's effect on tourism and the baby's royal title. However, as expected, no royal due date is posted on the page.
In other royal pregnancy-related news, a Houston cake designer has baked and designed a life-size Kate Middleton cake. According to ABC News, her royal yumminess is seen cradling the sweet heir-to-be.
"I think everyone loves Princess Kate's story, it's everyone's fairy tale," Nadine Moon, owner of Who Made The Cake!, told the news website. "I think she's such an inspiration to so many brides, and we thought it was a neat thing to honor her and do a life-size tribute to her in cake and Rice Krispies Treats with the baby."
"Cake Middleton" was created by a team of eight with dense butter pound cake and layers of vanilla and amaretto butter cream frosting, before being covered with white chocolate fondant. The cake stand 5 feet 6 inches, and weighs 200 pounds.
Aside from cakes and merchandises, the royal baby has also served big bucks to UK bettors and bookmakers. The Telegraph reported that UK bookmakers Coral and Ladbrokes say they have made more than $71,000 on failed attempts in predicting the baby's due date.
"We are rubbing our hands with glee that the baby is overdue now, but we know it's only going to be short-lasting," Jessica Bridge, Ladbrokes spokesman, told the news source. "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."