Queen Elizabeth II hopes Kate has baby soon

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Britain's Prince William (L) and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Westminster Abbey in London, on June 4, 2013, for a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Service. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, now 87, took the throne on February 6, 1952 upon the death of her father king George VI, but to allow for a period of national mourning she was only crowned on June 2, 1953 in London's Westminster Abbey. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/

LONDON - It seems Queen Elizabeth II is getting a bit impatient as she waits in a rare British heat wave for the birth of her third great-grandchild.

The queen said Wednesday she hopes the former Kate Middleton gives birth soon.

Asked by a schoolgirl at a public event whether she was hoping for a boy or a girl, the queen said, "I don't think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. The queen is shortly expected to begin her annual summer holiday in Scotland.

Prince William and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child, who will be third in line to the throne. The baby is due in mid-July.

William and Kate say they do not know the baby's gender.

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