Heir Apparent

Why William and Kate's firstborn, due in mid-July, is already a figure of global influence

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Catherine, pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, names a Princess Cruises ship 'Royal Princess' at Ocean Terminal, Southampton Docks, Hampshire, Britain, June 13, 2013.

The Duchess of Cambridge is a "traditional boozer," says Simon Waind, in a traitorous-sounding turn of phrase. He means his West London pub and not the world's most watched expectant mother, whose maiden name was Kate Middleton. It boasts casks of real ale and cider as well as delicacies such as pickled eggs and pork scratchings. There has been a hostelry on the site since the 18th century. Yet for all its sense of history and the comfortable patina of a bar that has supported countless elbows, this incarnation is less than two years old. Waind, 34, and his wife Ruth...

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