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THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby, St James’s Palace announced on Monday.
Months of speculation about a Royal pregnancy were ended yesterday afternoon when William and Kate told the world they will be parents for the first time.
But the announcement also revealed the Duchess is being treated for very acute morning sickness – hyperemesis gravidarum – at a private London hospital.
The Duke was by her side after she was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital by car earlier yesterday. She is expected to remain for a few days.
Prime Minister David Cameron led the congratulations from the nation when he said: “It’s absolutely wonderful news and I’m delighted for them. I’m sure they will make absolutely brilliant parents, and I’m sure everyone around the country will be celebrating with them tonight.”
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and members of both families are delighted with the news, said a St James’s Palace spokesman.
Babies were the topic of conversation when William and Kate visited Cambridge last week for the first time as a married couple.
The Duke, an RAF search and rescue pilot, was given a tiny baby romper suit made by well-wisher Samantha Hill, 27, from Sudbury, Suffolk, which was decorated with a picture of a helicopter and the words “Daddy’s little co-pilot”.
The baby theme continued when Kate met Tessa Davies, 35, from Cambridge, who had given her son five-month-old James the middle name William in honour of the Duke and had brought him to meet the Royal couple.
St James’s Palace would not say when the Royal couple became aware of the pregnancy, only saying “recently”.
It is understood that the pregnancy has not passed the 12-week point and yesterday’s announcement was prompted by the Duchess’s medical condition.
For women with hyperemesis gravidarum, vomiting can be so severe that they cannot keep food or liquid down.
The condition usually continues past the first three months of pregnancy and can pass by week 21, but may also last longer.
St James’s Palace said in a 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 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.”
The Duke and Duchess have made no secret of their desire to start a family and in September during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Singapore the Duke revealed he would like to have two children.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who married the Royal couple in Westminster Abbey in April last year, said: “The whole nation will want to join in celebrating this wonderful news.
“We wish the Duchess the best of health and happiness in the months ahead.”
William’s uncle Earl Spencer also welcomed the announcement, saying in a statement: “It is wonderful news and I am thrilled for them both.”
The baby would have been a first grandchild for the Duke’s late mother and the Earl’s sister, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Harry, who is serving in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter co-pilot gunner, was told the good news in an email, reported the BBC.
Kate’s visit to her old prep school on Friday afternoon was her last public engagement.
She appeared well and had lunch at St Andrew’s school in Pangbourne, Berkshire, with pupils and staff during the two-hour visit.
So her condition might have developed over the weekend and it is likely she was taken to hospital yesterday afternoon after seeking medical advice.
Hyperemesis gravidarum can be serious but Kate was driven to the King Edward VII Hospital in a car and not an ambulance.
First Minister Peter Robinson offered his warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess.
Mr Robinson said: ‘This is not only wonderful news for the Duke and Duchess as a couple, but for the nation as a whole. I would like to send them my warmest congratulations and those of everyone in Northern Ireland. A Royal baby is always the source of much excitement for the country and we wish the Duchess well as she spends time in hospital.
(My own thoughts)
I REMEMBER WHEN WILLIAM WAS BORN, NOW HE'S TO BE A FATHER. MY HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ROYAL COUPLE. I THINK THEY'LL BRING UP THEIR CHILD TO BE JUST AS KIND AND COMPASSIONATE AS THEY ARE. DIANE WOULD BE SO PROUD.