There’s a royal baby on the way!
Kate Middleton, 30, and Prince William are expecting their first child, the palace is “delighted” to confirm. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” read the Monday statement.
“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 statement continues.
“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. 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.”
Price William, 30, is by her side at the hospital, and the morning sickness is “acute,” the palace adds.
The father-to-be has talked about his desire to have a family.
“We’ll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids,” Prince William said. “But obviously we want a family so we’ll have to start thinking about that.”
Like William’s birth in 1982, their baby will be heralded not just by headlines at home but around the world.
If Kate gives birth to a girl, she can expect to inherit the throne from her father, irrespective of whether any other child the royal couple has is a boy. Until a recently revamped rule, boys took precedence.
To make room for the new baby, the royal couple will be relocating into the 20-room Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace in early 2013.
Last week, news of Kate’s pregnancy broke when her school pal Jessica Hay spilled the beans.
The royal couple were wed on April 29, 2011.