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Prince William and Kate expecting a baby

4:01 pm - 12/03/2012

There's a royal baby on the way.

Palace officials announced Monday that Prince William and Kate are expecting their first child.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby," the announcement said. "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news."

The announcement added that Kate was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Monday with a severe form of morning sickness. William is at his wife's side.

News of the pregnancy drew congratulations from across the world, with the hashtag "royalbaby" trending globally on Twitter.

The couple's first child will be third in line to take the throne - leapfrogging the gregarious Prince Harry and possibly setting up the first scenario in which a U.K. female heir could benefit from new gender rules about succession.

The palace would not say how far along the 30-year-old duchess is, only that she has not yet reached the 12-week mark. Palace officials said the duchess was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a potentially dangerous type of morning sickness where vomiting is so severe no food or liquid can be kept down. They said she was expected to remain hospitalized for several days and would require a period of rest afterward.

In recent days, Kate has kept up royal appearances -- recently playing field hockey with schoolchildren at her former prep school and paying an official visit to Cambridge with her husband.

The confirmation of her pregnancy caps a jam-packed year of highs and lows for the young royals, who were married in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey last year.

They have traveled the world extensively as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and weathered the embarrassment of a nude photo scandal, after a tabloid snapper published topless images of the duchess.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the news bookended a year that saw the royal family riding high in popular esteem after celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

"We're riding on a royal high at the moment at the end of the diamond jubilee year," he said. "People enjoyed the royal romance last year and now there's this. It's just a good news story amid all the doom and gloom."

Speculation about when William and his bride would start a family has been rife since their wedding.

William's mother -- the late Princess Diana -- got pregnant just four months after her wedding in 1981. Like Kate, Diana reportedly suffered from morning sickness for months and complained of constant media attention.

"The whole world is watching my stomach," Diana once said.

American tabloid speculation of the pregnancy has been rampant for months. One newspaper even cited anonymous sources talking about Kate's hormone levels. Others have focused on the first signs of the royal bump.

News of the pregnancy drew congratulations from across the U.K. establishment. The palace said the royal family was "delighted" by the news, while Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter that the royals "will make wonderful parents."

Not only are the attractive young couple popular -- with William's easy common touch reminding many of his mother -- but their child is expected to play an important role in British national life for decades to come.

Whether boy or girl, the child will be behind William in the line of succession to the throne, Cabinet Office officials said.

Leaders of Britain and the 15 former colonies that have the monarch as their head of state agreed in 2011 to new rules which give females equal status with males in the order of succession.

Although none of the nations had legislated to make the change as of September 2012, the British Cabinet Office confirmed that this is now the de-facto rule.

On the couple's tour of Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in September, William reportedly said he hoped he and Kate would have two children.

CBS/AP. December 3, 2012, 11:26 AM

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schexyschteve 4th-Dec-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see what they name him or her!
dw_10rosefan 5th-Dec-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
I am curious if the name will be traditional or unique.
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jessalae 4th-Dec-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Lol, same. I think it was mostly my maternal instincts going "BABY BABY SOMEONE'S HAVING A BABY OMG," since I really don't care about Will and Kate specifically.
klutzy_girl 4th-Dec-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
I think they only reason they announced so early was because she had to be admitted to the hospital. Otherwise, they probably would have waited until the twelve week mark.
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ragnor144 4th-Dec-2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
My college specialty is the Tudors. When I think Elizabeth I, I think the batty old lady who was prone to flashing horrified courtiers who were just waiting for her to finally die. But then again my own professor in Tudor history called me a smartass (affectionately of course).
klutzy_girl 4th-Dec-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
This is so exciting!

I asked my Tudor/Stuart England professor if he knew today, and then he said he didn't care because he stopped caring about the monarchy after 1936.
very_veggie 4th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
It's a little weird that they announced her pregnancy when she's only maybe 3 months along. I guess the Palace didn't have much choice since she had to be hospitalized? There's very little chance they'd be able to keep it quiet.
kitchen_poet 4th-Dec-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
They were pretty much forced to because she was admitted to the hospital and they wanted to get in front of it before it leaked out. I was reading on the London Telegraph today that they hadn't even notified members of the family (like, erm, Prince Harry) as well as David Cameron, and had to do so quickly by telephone before the announcement hit the press.

I'm guessing they would have waited if she hadn't been hospitalized?
celtic_thistle 4th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Oh wow, awesome! She's still early though, so I hope nothing goes wrong, especially not after announcing it so soon :/ Sounds like they had no choice though. I hope she feels better.
thelilyqueen 4th-Dec-2012 01:14 am (UTC)
Me too - I hate vomiting so hyperemesis gravidarum sounds horrible in about 1,000 ways. Ugh. She's getting the best care possible though, and hopefully there are some things they can try from here on in to keep it from getting near this bad again.

I've been kind of annoyed at the people who are getting nasty over this. Is it really so hard to just go, 'Oh, they must be happy to be expecting - hope everything goes well!'?
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belleweather 4th-Dec-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Poor thing. HG is hellish, and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I can't imagine having it in the middle of a media circus. I hope that it goes away as her pregnancy advances.
nicosian 4th-Dec-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
This. I'm 7 weeks, have vicious HG and in the middle of final work for the semester. To put it mildly, I feel like death.

I feel for her for having it. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Its nearly impossible to keep it a secret to the magic 12 week mark normally more so in her case when the spotlight's on.

lamardeuse 4th-Dec-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I certainly wish them and the baby all the best, but I personally (as a Canadian whose mother is a staunch royalist) could not give two flying fucks for the royal family. I'm glad it rakes in lots of money as a tourist attraction for the UK, I suppose, but IDC otherwise. It's an outdated, ridiculous institution, especially in this country where we pay fuckloads of money to keep a Governor General and ten Lieutenants General in limos and mansions.
blackjedii 4th-Dec-2012 12:46 am (UTC)
FWIW...and I don't know how accurate this is any longer:
blackjedii 4th-Dec-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Well, congrats to them. NEXY!

everyone knows Philipp Lahm's bb is the true heir to the world anyways
jenny_jenkins 4th-Dec-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
shhh_its_s3cr3t 4th-Dec-2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Yeah big shocker there.... Congrats to them both!
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squeeful 4th-Dec-2012 01:14 am (UTC)

angry_chick 4th-Dec-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
I do expect to see cute baby pictures. I don't give a single fuck about the monarchy.
agentsculder 4th-Dec-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I'm very excited for them because they really seem so very happy and in love. Best wishes to both of them.

Also, I cannot WAIT to see her maternity clothes. I wonder if Sarah Burton is already making sketches?
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