As the country eagerly awaits the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s little boy or girl, it seems we might not have to wait as long as we thought to catch a glimpse.

A forensic artist has mocked up how Prince William and Kate’s first child might look.

Washington based Joe Mullins has taken all the best features of the Royal couple and morphed them together. And with their piercing blue eyes, clear complexion and Kate’s thick dark locks, the child could be a Royal beauty. Mr Mullins studied recent photographs of the couple and used the latest computer technology to predict how the child may look during their formative years.

If the couple have a son, the boy is expected to inherit many of William’s features. Mullins has included the famous Windsor ears and William’s slightly receding hairline.

A daughter is predicted to closer resemble Kate, with a high forehead, heart shaped face and long brown hair.

In the past he has taken the faces of other well known couples and imagined how their children may look, and has carried out magazine work where he ‘ages’ celebrities such Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

But it seems some people are not so hopeful for the couple’s offspring.

Popular website Morph Thing creator Charanjeet Kondal has taken William and Kate’s more ‘unique’ features and morphed them into what they would look like combined. And less flattering images are a far departure from the glossy American images released by Mr Mullins  - showing a child with thinner hair and slightly protruding ears.

While they are not as polished as those produced by the US artist, they do still bear a striking resemblance to the couple as children.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been hoping to keep the news they were expecting a baby to themselves until Christmas Day.

But after Kate was admitted to hospital with extreme morning sickness, sparked by a rare condition called Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), they had little choice but to make the announcement.

Kate, 30, who is thought to be between six and eight weeks pregnant, was taken to the hospital just after lunch on Sunday by her husband and put on a drip to stop her becoming dehydrated. But the news delighted millions around the world – including their own families.

Sources say she appeared to be responding well to treatment and there was ‘no cause for alarm’.                        –Daily Mail