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Expecting royalty: William and Kate set to have a baby

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 4 December, 2012 - 6:53 AM
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William announce they're expecting.<br>(Photo: Tim Chong/Reuters)

Prince William and wife Catherine are set to become parents with the Duchess of Cambridge announcing she is pregnant.

The Palace has this morning confirmed the pair is expecting and that the Duchess is in hospital with severe morning sickness.

Sky News reported 30-year-old Catherine spent the weekend feeling ill at her parents' home outside London before the Prince drove the pair to King Edward VII Hospital in London overnight.

Ross and John's UK correspondent Malcolm Stuart said it appeared everyone was caught by surprise by the news.

"I doubt if William and Kate really knew very much until today," he said.

"Apparently the Queen didn't know, and nor did Prince Charles. The Queens was only told this morning that she was going to be a great granny and Charles was told he was going to be a grandfather."

It's believed the Duchess is in the very early stages of pregnancy, well short of 12 weeks, and is likely to remain in hospital for several days to rest and receive hydration and nutrients.

An official statement says the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and both sides of the family are delighted with the news.

The baby will be the third in line to the British throne.

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  • Who cares, so some woman in england is pregnant, wow call out the parade. How on earth is this news worthy

    Kieth Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 8:39 AM
  • @ Marco, what is 'Austrlia'?

    Kraig Tuesday 4 December, 2012 - 5:22 PM
  • Marco, Australia is most certainly grown up. Why do people of different ethnic backgrounds want Australia to cut ties with England/Monarchy. Most countries that people emigrate from and come to Australia are basket cases and you want to intefere with a system that works wonderfully well.

    Jane Tuesday 4 December, 2012 - 4:44 PM
  • oh no! for the next nine months now Australia's media is going to be full of this critically essential news as if it were the second coming of Jesus Christ.

    bread and circuses Tuesday 4 December, 2012 - 3:15 PM
  • Its sad Diana has missed out on all of this,now they only have the awkward old camillia as a step granny.

    mandy Tuesday 4 December, 2012 - 12:38 PM
  • I wonder if George Negus and Yumi Stynes will be describing be able to confirm that Prince William is not a "dud root".

    Ivan@kinnane Tuesday 4 December, 2012 - 12:16 PM

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