St James Palace has announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. The announcement came after Kate Middleton was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in central London this afternoon,with acute morning sickness. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be ‘delighted’ with the news of the pregnancy.
It is thought that the Duchess is expected to stay in the hospital for a few days as the pregnancy is in its very early stages, but the Prince William is by her side. The couple are said to have made their own way to the hospital from Buckleberry, where they spent the weekend with Kate’s parents.
All members of both families, including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry – and the Middletons are said to be ‘delighted’ with the news. The announcement comes only 17 months after William and Kate married at Westminster Cathedral on April 29, 2011.
It has been speculated that Prince William knew for some time before the announcement was made as he previously accepted a babygro from mum Samantha Hill on a recent walkabout in Cambridge last week. St James Palace however, would only confirm that the couple found out ‘recently’. The Duke, who works as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot, received the handmade romper suit from new mum Mrs Hill. The babygro was emblazoned with a picture of a helicopter and the words “Daddy’s little co-pilot”.
The Duke smiled when he saw the romper suit and uncharacteristically accepted the gift, which prompted speculation that the royal pair could be planning a family. He said to Mrs Hill on acceptance: “Fantastic, I’ll keep this.”
The child will be third in line to the throne whether it is a boy or girl.
Prime Minister David Cameron was among the first to congratulate the royal couple on Twitter. Cameron tweeted: “I’m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.” Whilst leader of the opposition Ed Miliband commented: “Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country. A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate.”
Kate Middleton’s baby on the way
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