In the days leading up to the announcement, Eugenie looked stunning as she stepped out on a sunny day in Notting Hill, west London.
The parents-to-be made their announcement on Instagram by posting a photo of a pair of bear slippers that Royal fans can buy from John Lewis for just £ 8.
The photo has so far garnered more than 150,000 likes and more than 6,700 greeting comments from people – congratulating the happy couple since it was posted two hours ago.
The caption in the image simply read, “Jack and I are so excited for the start of 2021…” and the baby emoji.
Congratulatory messages have since flooded the comments of the post, with some already speculating that the royal will give birth to a girl or a boy.
While the fluffy slippers are clearly gender-neutral, that hasn’t stopped several users from suggesting they’re a “clue” that the couple is having a boy.
One user shared his thoughts on Twitter, commenting, “I hope it goes well for Eugenie and Jack. Color in a hint of a little boy, maybe. ”
Another on Instagram wrote: “Great news Your Royal Highness! Nothing like a baby to bring happiness to the world. I will say a boy. “
A third said: “Wonderful news. Congratulations. (I’m calling boy!) ”
Someone else replied, “Congratulations, is that a boy? ”
An announcement regarding the pregnancy was also shared on the royal family’s social media accounts.
It read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank are very happy to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.
“The Duke of York and Sarah, The Duchess of York, Mr. and Mrs. George Brooksbank, the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news. “
The baby will be the ninth great-grandchild to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh – and a first grandchild for Prince Andrew and ex Sarah Ferguson.
The tot will also be 11th on the throne. But although Eugenie is a princess, the baby will be a simple Master or Miss Brooksbank, unless the Queen steps in to give Jack a county or issues letters patent changing the rules for a child born to a female line. from the royal family – However, insiders think that unlikely.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of York and Sarah, The Duchess of York, Mr. and Mrs. George Brooksbank, the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news. And Eugenie posted a snapshot of baby booties, writing, “Jack and I are so excited. “
Ladbrokes bookies have Arthur or Victoria as initial favorites for the name, while Paddy Power and Betfair have chosen Arthur or Alice.
The birth of a royal baby is a momentous moment in the family – and it comes with its own very special set of rules.
Before any official announcement of the arrival of a royal baby, Her Majesty must first be informed.
This rule is taken so seriously that when Prince George was born Prince William used an encrypted phone to relay the news to his grandmother.
This medieval tradition dates back hundreds of years and was introduced because most Britons could not read or write.
Tony Appleton had the honor to announce the birth of Prince George and Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing when Kate Middleton gave birth.