When news broke that Kate Middleton is pregnant with the heir to the throne, there was a media blitz, to put it mildly. People started speculating the baby's due date, its gender and possible names for the future King or Queen -- there was even a Twitter account created called "RoyalFetus" which is sending tweets "from the womb" (the account now has over 13,000 followers). Although this is an extremely exciting time to be a royal, it is an even better time to be an expectant mother. Think of all the maternity-wear inspiration.
The Duchess of Cambridge is under constant watch, style watch that is. Over the past few years she has created what has come to be known as "the Duchess Effect," whereby everything she wears becomes instantly coveted. Her penchant for wrap dresses, sleek coats and eleaborate hats has created legions of copycats around the globe, but what happens now that the "queen" of fashion is going to be sporting a baby bump?
Thankfully, maternity clothes have made leaps and bounds in the last few years (being pregnant no longer means dowdy pants and oversized sweaters.) At this point we can merely speculate the luxe items that Kate will be wearing, but we are fairly confident Alexander McQueen maternity wear is just around the corner. The always demure and polished Duchess will certainly be receiving items from top designers, but the high-street fan will definitely benefit from the babe in Kate's belly.
Click through the slideshow below for some of the styles we think the Duchess will be wearing while she's got a bun in the oven.