WASHINGTON, December 3, 2012 — It’s official: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” comes the statement from the Queen’s spokesman. “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.”
There had been speculation in the tabloids since September of Princess Kate being pregnant when she substituted water for wine during a toast at a state dinner in Singapore. But there was no confirmation until today’s announcement because Princess Kate, 30, the Duchess of Cambridge, had been hospitalized due to severe morning sickness. A member of the Royal family being confined to a hospital is nearly impossible to keep hush-hush.
The full statement from St. James Palace clarified Princess Kate’s condition: “The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum [acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients],” the rep said.
“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.”
Since Princess Kate was seen in public as recently as Friday, looking fine, it appears the condition developed over the weekend. Hyperemesis gravidarum is considered rare and affects only about 2% of pregnant women. It usually lasts the first three months and sometimes up to 21 weeks with symptoms that include “include severe nausea and vomiting —even of blood — and also low blood pressure, an accelerated heart rate, headaches, lethargy and confusion.”
Kate and William were married last April in Westminster Abby in the largest royal wedding since Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana married his father, Prince Charles. It would be the first grandchild for the heir to the throne.
The baby is expected to make its debut sometime around June 2013. Whether the baby is a boy or girl, it will be third in line for the throne after Prince William, Prince Charles and the current Queen Elizabeth. Britain and its 15 Commonwealth countries changed its rules of royal succession following the marriage of William and Kate, allowing “a first-born girl to succeed even if she later has younger brothers.”
Some Royal watchers in the tabloids are asking are there twins on the horizon? Now that would cause some interesting twists to succession to the throne.
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