Table Talk: The Royal Baby Is Almost Here

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

In case you haven't heard -- although that would be hard to believe! -- Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby. The little girl or boy, who will be third in line to the British throne, could be born any day now. In the months since the royals announced their news, there has been an explosion of excitement all over the world, with companies creating new royal-baby-themed products (pillows, plates or cookies, anyone?) and people betting money on everything from the child's name and hair color to his or her Olympic chances. As for the Queen herself, she said this week that she's ready for the baby to arrive -- since she's about to go on vacation.

Questions for discussion:

  • Are you excited about the royal baby? Or do you think people are making too much of a big deal out of it?
  • Do you have predictions for the baby's name?
  • What do you think of royalty in general? Does it still serve a purpose in 2013?

In her cookbook, The Family Dinner, Laurie David talks about the importance of families making a ritual of sitting down to dinner together, and how family dinners offer a great opportunity for meaningful discussions about the day's news. "Dinner," she says, "is as much about digestible conversation as it is about delicious food."

We couldn't agree more. So HuffPost has joined with Laurie and every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week -- stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.

Royal Baby Watch In Action!