Royal baby for William and Kate

Published Monday, 03 December 2012
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby, St James's Palace has announced.

Royal baby for William and Kate
Kate greets well-wishers - including a baby named after Prince William. (© Getty)

News of the royal baby comes after months of speculation about when such an announcement could be expected.

Kate has been admitted to a central London hospital with acute morning sickness and is expected to remain there for several days.

"The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in central London with hyperemesis gravidarum," a statement from the palace explained.

"As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter."

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.

St James’s Palace

It is understood that the pregnancy is not yet passed the 12-week stage, but the palace made the announcement due to Kate's condition.

St James's Palace also confirmed that William is by his wife's side in hospital, but it is not clear whether he made the journey there with her.

Kate appeared well at her last public engagement on Friday, so it is thought that her condition developed over the weekend. She was driven to hospital by car, rather than taken in an ambulance.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is considered rare and is thought to affect as few as 0.3% and probably no more than 2% of pregnant women.

Lasting past the first three months and sometimes beyond 21 weeks, symptoms include severe nausea and vomiting - even of blood - and also low blood pressure, an accelerated heart rate, headaches, lethargy and confusion.

It can cause malnutrition, dehydration and other serious complications in sufferers.

However, both families - including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Prince Harry - are said to be delighted with the news of the pregnancy.

While William and Kate have been keen to start a family, the baby will also have huge significance for the future of the monarchy - as a future king or queen who will be born third in line to the throne.

When William was born, in June 1982, thousands of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to wait for the birth to be formally announced.

Speculation is already rife as to potential names for the new royal baby.

The news has been welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who married the royal couple in Westminster Abbey in April last year.

"The whole nation will want to join in celebrating this wonderful news," Rowan Williams said.

"We wish the Duchess the best of health and happiness in the months ahead."

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Anne in Belfast wrote (785 days ago):
First i would like to send congratulations to William and Catherine on the news of her pregnancy. Second i would like to ask everyone with negative and rude comments to grow up. Maybe if everything wasnt turned into a hate game between our 2 communities things would be better and our children would grow up free from hatred. It takes adults to teach our children right and wrong and i thing we have been through enough wrongs in this Country that its time our children grew up not knowing bigotry. Is that too much to ask?
Conor in Belfast wrote (786 days ago):
aww-congrats wrote 'I would like my money off everyone claiming benefits and dla but that isn't ever going to happen just like you won't get you money!!!'. hahahahahaha, what exactly do you mean by this??? I'm guessing you missed my point entirely. anyway, congrats to them on their fantastic news. A number of couples struggle to concieve, so it's always good news when a couple is lucky enough to conceive.
Conor in Belfast wrote (786 days ago):
Aww-congrats, my family and I would now like to request 65p from every taxpayer in the UK. It would really help towards our mortgage, hahahahaha.
Frosty in Here wrote (786 days ago):
As with any couple, I wish them all the best and hope it all goes well. Also hope they don't split up as the Child Support Agency will cripple her.
PM in Dungannon wrote (787 days ago):
A.S in Belfast, William does have a job - he is a helicopter pilot carrying out search and rescue. As with any couple expecting a baby, I wish them well and hope the little one is born healthy.
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