As Kate Middleton’s reported due date draws near, all eyes are on her and her baby bump. But if recent pictures of her are anything to go by, we say that she’s handling everything extraordinarily well. While we eagerly await the exciting arrival of the newest member of the royal family, we’ve listed down five lessons we’re learning from the Duchess of Camrbidge’s pregnancy.

1. You can carry the future heir and still look stunning.

Nine months of carrying another life inside you can certainly take its toll, but seeing the duchess look amazing is motivation enough to spend at least five minutes more in front of the mirror, not for your husband or for anybody else, but for yourself.

2. You can honor the memory of your husband’s mother in several ways.

Kate may not have met the late Princess Diana, but if England’s rose were alive, she would have been happy to know that the duchess would be giving birth at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s, which, according to an article on Marie Claire UK, is the same wing where Princess Diana gave birth to William in 1982.

3. Whether your child is a boy or a girl, h/she rules!

Not too long ago, Queen Elizabeth decreed that should her first great grandchild be a daughter, she would be bestowed the title of princess and not just lady as was traditionally done. Talk about breaking barriers!

4. You can be polite and thankful about unconventional presents.

Speaking of barriers, Finnish social security agency KELA recently gave Kate an interesting care package present. Apart from the usual picture books and teething toys, the package also contained condoms! The gift is reportedly traditionally given to all expecting moms in Finland. How did the couple react? According to Inquirer.net, a spokeswoman for the royal couple said, “We were delighted to receive the very kind gift of the maternity package from the Finnish government.”

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“It was a very thoughtful gesture and we’re very grateful for it.”

5. You can never be too prepared.

According to The Huffington Post UK, four parking bays at St. Mary’s hospital have been reserved all throughout the month of July. This way, Kate won’t have to worry about parking space when her water does break.

(L-R, Clockwise: Photo from Hello Magazine via Debbie Craft on Pinterest, photo from Nehal Galal via Pinterest; photo from Hello Magazine via Nick's Mom on Pinterest, photo from Yahoo! Shine via Yahoo! Shine on Pinterest, photo from The Daily Mail via Donna Woodard on Pinterest)

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