Queen's holiday hopes for baby

The Queen said today that she is hoping the royal baby is born soon - because she is about to go on holiday.

Queen hopes the royal baby arrives 'soon'

The Queen has echoed the anticipation felt across the UK as to when the royal baby will finally arrive.

During a visit to Lake Windermere today, she was asked by a group of children whether she wanted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby to be a boy or a girl.

The Queen replied, "I don't think I mind but I would very much like it to arrive because I'm going on holiday soon."

ITV News royal correspondent Tim Ewart has this report:

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Queen hopes baby arrives 'soon' as she is off on holiday

The Queen told children at Lake Windermere she does not mind whether the royal baby is a boy or a girl but hopes it arrives soon because she is off on holiday next week.

She was asked: "Do you want Kate's baby to be a boy or a girl?"

The Queen replied: "I don't think I mind but I would very much like it to arrive because I'm going on holiday soon. No sign yet."