Kate Middleton and Prince William are pleased with the outcome. (Photo via AP)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Photo via AP)

St James’s Palace has just announced, with a certain amount of royal pride, that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. They went on to explain that part of the reason for a relatively hurried announcement was that the Duchess had to be admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London, as she is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum: acute morning sickness.

She’s expected to stay over for a few days.

Other news sources are claiming that there was supposed to be a formal announcement on December 12, with Jessica Hay – a former classmate of Kate’s – telling Life and Style Magazine last week:“They’re planning to make an announcement in December. I have this on the highest authority, and it’s not to be taken lightly. It’s going to be wonderful, happy news when it’s announced.”

Quick off the mark, Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted this moving eulogy: “I’m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.”

Once they get past the nausea stage, of course…

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By Fraser McAlpine