Prince William’s wife Catherine is expecting a baby, and is in hospital suffering severe morning sickness, St James’s Palace announced on Monday, ending months of speculation about a royal pregnancy.
Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family are “delighted” by the news of the pregnancy, it said in a statement, with the baby set to be the third in line to the British throne.
“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 said in a statement, using the couple’s official titles.
“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 said.
William, the son of heir to the throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, married the former Kate Middleton in April 2011 and there has been intense speculation about when the couple, who are both 30, would have a baby.“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum,” the statement said, defining the condition as “very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients”.
“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,” the statement said.British Prime Minister David Cameron said the royal couple would make “wonderful parents”.
“I?m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby," he wrote on his Twitter account.