The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed that the Royal Family are hoping for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby to be born "by the end of the week".

With William and Kate's first child expected in "mid-July", speculation about the baby's name and gender has given way to sheer excitement at the imminent arrival of the future monarch.

Visiting the Little Harbour Children's Hospital near St Austell, Cornwall, Camilla hinted that no-one is more caught up in the mood of expectation than the royals themselves.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade

In an exchange caught on camera by ITV, she said: "We don't know what's going to happen. We're all waiting at the end of a telephone.

"I hope by the end of the week he or she will be there."

Reporters, photographers and cameramen from across the globe, who have been camped outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London since the start of the month, are on tenterhooks to break good news to the world.

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    A sign saying 'please don't feed the photographer's' is placed on a barrier inside the a media pen outside the main entrance to the Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London on July 9, 2013. Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby, which will be third in line to the throne, will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN - ROYAL - BABY

    Joke tags written by media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by bored media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN - ROYAL - BABY

    Joke tags written by media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by bored media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by bored media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joke tags written by bored media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of the media mark up their selections for a sweepstake bet on the time, date and sex of Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby outside of the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 5, 2013. Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby, which will be third in line to the throne, will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Tags are hung from the media ladders in the media area outside the front of the Lindo Wing as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

  • Preparations Begin Ahead Of The Birth Of The Royal Baby

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Tags are hung from the media ladders in the media area outside the front of the Lindo Wing as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

  • Preparations Begin Ahead Of The Birth Of The Royal Baby

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Tags are hung from the media ladders in the media area outside the front of the Lindo Wing as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 8: A sweepstake on the gender and timing of the birth of the Royal baby by members of the press is seen outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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    Joke tags written by bored media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-ROYALS-BABY-MEDIA

    Joke tags written by bored media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-ROYALS-BABY-MEDIA

    Joke tags written by bored media crews are shown hanging from the stepladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London on July 7, 2013. Prince William and wife Catherine's first child is not officially due until mid-July but this hasn't stopped news organisations from setting up dozens of camera positions outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where William was born in 1982 and his brother Harry in 1984.AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Preparations Begin Ahead Of The Birth Of The Royal Baby

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Tags are hung from the media ladders in the media area outside the front of the Lindo Wing as the UK prepares for the birth of the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)