William and Kate's little Prince or Princess will share a birth year with several other couples just starting their families, including David Walliams and Lara Stone, Rochelle and Marvin Humes and Shakira and her footballer beau Gerard Pique. Meanwhile those embracing parenthood for the second time around include Peaches Geldof and her musician husband Thomas Cohen and Coleen and Wayne Rooney.
There will also be another royal baby – Princess Caroline's son Andrea Casiraghi is due to become a daddy, when his fiancée Tatiana Santo Domingo gives birth early next year.
Read more in our special report about the celebrity bundles of joy due to arrive next year.
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