The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby, St James’s Palace has announced. Members of the Royal Family and the duchess’s family, the Middletons, are said to be delighted. A spokesman said the duchess, who is thought to be less than 12 weeks pregnant, has been admitted to a London hospital with acute morning sickness and is likely to stay for several days. The royal baby will be born third in line to the throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William. He or she will one day be head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and subsequently head of state of 16 Commonwealth countries.In a statement, St James’s Palace said:
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. 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. 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.
BBC’s royal correspondent Peter Hunt said William and Kate were staying at her parents in Berkshire at the weekend and travelled to the private London hospital from there by car. William is now with his wife at the King Edward VII hospital. The duchess was last seen in public on Friday when she visited her old school, St Andrew’s, in Pangbourne in Berkshire. It said the duchess was being treated in hospital after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.
Congratulatory messages have been pouring in from everyone
PM: “I’m delighted by the news that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.” #royalbaby
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) December 3, 2012
Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country. A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate.
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) December 3, 2012
Catherine and William, who are both aged 30, got married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.