Palace officials have confirmed today that the duchess and Prince Williams are expecting a baby!
The couple have endured months of speculation about the pregnancy, and today we’re finally getting confirmation! This will be the first child for the couple, and the first grandchild for both the Middleton and royal families.
The duchess was admitted Monday to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with hyperemesis gravidarum (or severe morning sickness), according to a release from the palace. As the pregnancy is in its “very early stages,” Kate will stay in hospital for several days, the palace said.
News about the future heir should come almost as a relief to royal watchers who have scrutinized every public appearance by Kate, 30, for signs of a baby bump. The duchess sparked pregnancy rumors no matter what she did or where she went in the past year.
The most feasible story emerged after the duchess used a glass of water instead of wine during two toasts at an official state banquet in Singapore last September. Prince William and others present raised glasses of wine.
Most recently, speculation has arisen from her choice to wear long coats, lots of dark colors and looser dresses to hide her small frame.
The new baby will become third in line to the throne, following its father and Prince Charles. The child’s birth also will bump William’s brother, Prince Harry, down a notch in the sequence.
The much-anticipated birth of the baby prompted recent changes in a centuries-old tradition known as primogeniture, which puts male heirs ahead of older sisters in the line of succession.
That rule was recently scrapped, meaning that the newest royal addition, regardless of its gender, will succeed Prince William to the throne.
What great news! It’s so exciting, a royal baby. To know that this child will be the next king or queen of England is so exciting!
This picture above was taken just last week.
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