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Kate Middleton pregnant? Rumours swirl after duchess toasts with water, not wine

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attends a ceremony at Province House in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island as part of their Royal Tour of Canada, Monday, July 4, 2011.

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It's the glass of water that launched a thousand wagging tongues.

In the latest media speculation about the baby-making prospects by the world's most popular blue bloods, Kate Middleton has royal watchers flustered after she toasted the president of Singapore with a glass of water.

It's right there on camera, people: While Prince William lifts his obviously white wine-filled glass, the Duchess clearly had waters in hers.

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Here's hoping she's having a bit of fun with us.  But the Star tabloid has decided it's a done deal, and taking the bold step of declaring a winner: "It's official! (a.k.a. unofficial): Kate's Pregnant!"

Consider the facts: When asked by a young fan in Singapore how many kids he wanted to have, Prince William actually answered with a specific number: Two.

He's never done that before, it was pointed out, it must mean something! (Come on, even here in the colonies, we know the phrase "heir and a spare.") And then there was his suspicious "cooing" over a baby during a reception in London earlier in the week, as reported the U.K. Huffington Post.

Anyway, on top of it there were pictures of Kate with her hand on her belly for everyone to analyze to see if her waist was thickening. And some close analysis of her one lace dress – as detailed by the Star article – indicated that the sash may have been let out. (This is clearly sign of a royal babe, and not the effect of too many reception dinners.)

You don't have to be a fan of CSI to see the clues.  History suggests that at some point, probably fairly soon, the future King of England and his young wife will try to produce a successor. Seriously, this constant analysis of the royal belly is exhausting (to say nothing of embarrassing.) It would be nice to have the announcement out of the way  - if there is even one to be made.

There are more pressing state matters to discuss.

Prince or Princess?

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