Are Kate & William Expecting a Daughter?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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updated 03/06/2013 AT 10:05 AM ET

originally published 03/06/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET

It could be the mother of all hints. In an unguarded moment Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge may have dropped a hint about to the sex of her royal baby?

Certainly, one well-wisher on Kate’s visit to the northern English town of Grimsby clearly thinks so.

Moments after Kate, 31, received the gift of a teddy bear from a member of the crowd outside the town’s fishing museum, Sandra Cook, 67, says she heard the mum-to-be utter the words, “Thank you, I will take that for my d-…”

Cook adds, “I said to her: ‘You were going to say daughter, weren’t you?’ ”

To which a radiant-looking Kate replied that the couple don’t know the sex, and, “We’re not telling.”

The British media have made the most of the brief encounter. The best-selling Sun tabloid headlined its story with “One’s D” – while rival Daily Mirror called it with more certainty: “It’s A Girl!” Even the staid The Times joined in, saying, “Has the Duchess given the game away?”

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