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Could Royal baby make wedding anniversary present Birth could be as soon as April (so now we know what Wills and Kate were REALLY doing after topless photos were published)Baby can't have been conceived in France where topless photos were takenAs Duchess is less than 12 weeks pregnant, the baby could have been conceived during Kate and William's tour of the Far East in mid-September

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22:31 GMT, 3 December 2012

The Duke and Duchess could be welcoming their new baby as early as the end of April, marking the second anniversary of their marriage.

But the birth may also be as late as July or August, making the newest member of the royal family a summer baby.

The happy announcement that Kate is expecting has sparked immediate speculation about when the child will be born – and inevitably when he or she was conceived.

As St James' Palace have confirmed that Kate is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, she could not have been carrying the baby during their now infamous holiday to the south of France, in which she was photographed topless by a private pool.

But the sun-kissed break at Chateau
D’Autet, a luxury holiday chateau in Provence which is owned
by Viscount Linley, the Queen’s nephew, was followed by a tour of Asia.

And it is far more likely that the future King or Queen was conceived in the searing heat of the Far East, during the tour to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Speculation: Rumours abounded in September that the Duchess might have been expecting when the royal couple visited Singapore as part of an official tour and chinked glasses of iced water at a gala reception

Speculation: Rumours abounded in September that the Duchess might have been expecting when the royal couple visited Singapore as part of an official tour and chinked glasses of iced water at a gala reception

Fond farewell: After a successful tour in mid-September, when the baby could have been conceived, the Duke and Duchess waved goodbye to the South Pacific

Fond farewell: After a successful tour in mid-September, when the baby could have been conceived, the Duke and Duchess waved goodbye to the South Pacific

Wearing a floral print, floaty summer dress, Kate, with William, watched a ceremony to mark their farewell in Tuvalu

Wearing a floral print, floaty summer dress, Kate, with William, watched a ceremony to mark their farewell in Tuvalu

The baby could have been conceived any
time after September 10th this year, and depending on the exact date,
is likely to be born in May, June or July next year.

The timing of the tour in mid-September could well mean the baby, born third in line to the throne, was conceived somewhere exotic – from a private island resort in the Solomon Islands to a luxurious Presidential Suite in Singapore.

On September 11th Kate and Wills began their Diamond Jubilee tour, starting off in Singapore, where temperatures reached a steamy 36 degrees.

During the trip, the Duke revealed the couple's plans to start a family after being quizzed by a little boy.

The plucky youngster had asked how big a family the Prince would like. He answered without hesitation: 'Two'.

William and Kate stayed in the very raffish Raffles Hotel in Singapore

William and Kate stayed in the very raffish Raffles Hotel in Singapore, pictured

The interior of the luxurious Raffles hotel where the Presidential Suite has a private balcony, lots of fans whirring from high ceilings and valuable antiques

The grandiose interior of Raffles: The couple stayed in the Presidential Suite
which has a private balcony, lots of fans whirring from high ceilings and
valuable antiques

William had previously clear that he and
the Duchess, who are both 30, were keen to start a family soon. Many
predicted that would come after the tour was over.

They were pictured in Singapore clinking their glasses topped with water at a British Gala Reception.

Their decision to have a dry night and forgo the champagne fueled speculation that the Duchess may be pregnant and has since been the subject of global fascination.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on 16 September, wearing gifted lose-fitting clothes

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on 16 September, wearing gifted lose-fitting clothes

In Singapore the couple stayed in the Presidential Suite in the raffish Raffles Hotel, following in the footsteps of Joseph Conrad and Noel Coward.

The lavish suite at the hotel had a private balcony, high ceilings and valuable antiques.

On one of the hotter days, Kate was pictured wearing a pretty silk skirt and top by Asian designer Raoul, nipped in at the waist with a belt.

She also chose a floral print floaty dress for an evening event, which was loose fitted from the waist downwards.

Paradise Tavanipupu private island resort in the Solomon Islands where William and Kate stayed

Paradise Tavanipupu private island resort in the Solomon Islands where William and Kate stayed

The couple arrived by traditional war canoe at the five-star Tavanipupu Private Island Resort, which has thatched bungalows surrounded by landscaped lawns and palm trees

The couple arrived by traditional war canoe at the five-star Tavanipupu Private Island Resort, which has thatched bungalows surrounded by landscaped lawns and palm trees

Perfect beaches: The royal couple spent a night on the Tavanipupu Private Island Resort

Perfect beaches: The royal couple spent a night on the Tavanipupu Private Island Resort

Fit for royalty: The 'majestic' bed in one of the luxury bungalows where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed

Fit for royalty: The 'majestic' bed in one of the luxury bungalows where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed

During the nine-day trip, the couple also traveled to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Borneo and the Solomon Islands, ending the tour on the South Pacific realm of Tuvalu, the fourth smallest country in the world.

Kate and William spent a night on privately owned Tavanipupu island, famed for its crystal waters and luxury hand-thatched bungalows.

While the couple were on the tour, French Closer decided to publish topless photos of Kate of her sunbathing by a private pool in the south of France.

The pictures were taken a week previous to the tour, at
Chateau D’Autet, a luxury holiday chateau in Provence.

The royal couple continued the tour despite the scandal emerging as other publications followed suit in releasing the photographs.

Night off: The Royal couple spent a night out together in October after spending time apart

Night off: The Royal couple spent a night out together in October after spending time apart

Night out: The Royal couple were taken out of the club's back door and rushed to their car home

Night out: The Royal couple were taken out of the club's back door and rushed to their car home

Following the trip, the couple have spent more time apart, with Kate attending solo engagements and William back at work as an RAF helicopter pilot.

But last month the couple attended a party at the exclusive London private members club Loulou's
in Mayfair with other guests including the Duchess of Cambridge's sister
Pippa and the Duke's cousin Princess Eugenie.

They
are very rarely seen out together other than at an official event but
the pair decided to let their hair down – leaving the club at around
midnight.

It is not known whether Kate was drinking at the club, or whether she was pregnant at the time.