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Families' delight at Prince William and Kate's baby revelation

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

By richard youle

Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

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THE families of William and Kate are said to be delighted with the news the Royal couple are expecting a baby.

St James's Palace announced the pregnancy yesterday afternoon.

At the same time it was confirmed that Kate had been admitted to a private hospital for treatment for a severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

The St James's Palace statement read: "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."

St James's Palace would not say when the royal couple became aware of the pregnancy, only saying "recently".

It is understood the pregnancy has not passed the 12-week point and the announcement was prompted by the Duchess's medical condition.

For women with hyperemesis gravidarum their vomiting can be so severe 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.

The baby news sparked thousands of goodwill messages on social networks such as Twitter.

Neath mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins tweeted: "What lovely news!! Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge!! #PitterPatter"

Also reacting on Twitter, Prime Minister David Cameron wrote: "I'm delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents."

Labour leader Ed Miliband tweeted: "Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country."

A spokeswoman at Kate's old prep school, St Andrew's in Pangbourne, Berkshire — where she showed off her hockey skills last week in an Alexander McQueen frockcoat and three-inch-high calf-length boots — said they had "no inkling at all" that she was expecting.

She said: "Obviously everyone at St Andrew's are delighted for them both. We're absolutely thrilled."

Kate's visit to her old prep school on Friday afternoon was her last public engagement.

She appeared well and even had lunch at the school with pupils and staff during the two-hour visit.

Hyperemesis gravidarum can be serious but Kate was driven to the King Edward VII Hospital in a car and not an ambulance.

The Duchess had a number of engagements this week, including a visit to London's Docklands on Wednesday for a charity fundraising session on a brokers' trading floor, but they have all been cancelled, said St James's Palace.

Have you discovered you're expecting this week? If so, please email us with your names, ages and where you're from, and we might be able to feature you in the Evening Post. Email paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk. You can also tell us by commenting on this story online at www.thisissouthwales.co.uk

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  • gorseboy  |  December 06 2012, 10:58AM

    weslangdon Don't want a Republic! My father and many others fought to avert Chancellor Adolf and his claim to Britain,no doubt the Austrian painter could have found some ancestor with royalty connections. Most Republics seem to be run by Despots,so again no thanks.The alternative seems to be a person with a deep pile of cash to "Buy" his way to the top.Our present government is loaded with such people so be careful what you wish for! Better the devil you know? BTW Should she not be Mrs Mountbatten?

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  • KP287  |  December 05 2012, 8:34PM

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • muffinman235  |  December 05 2012, 6:58PM

    Talked to an 80 year old guy today who has been waiting ages for an operation to remove an aggressive form of kidney cancer, and he said "if i was the duke" (Prince Philip) or the "duchess" they would have seen to me by now. The old man was on his last legs but he recognised the massive void between the have's and the have nots. The red carpet is rolled out for the royals and they are given precident. The media hype is sickening and clearly biased. The NHS is a dead parrot going through the death rattle and is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, as i know from experience. God save the queen. not.

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 05 2012, 4:32PM

    weslangdon Phillip was indeed a Greek. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and also Denmark as well. His father was George I of Greece and his father in turn was king Christian IX of Denmark. Go back a further 10 generation to the year 1426 and you come to Christian I of Denmark. His father was Dietrich, Count of Oldenburg. Go all the way back to 1169 and you come to Maurice, Count of Oldenburg. Given the fact that the male DNA is passed down, it is Maurice's DNA which flow's through the blood of Prince William. I wonder what William the conquer would make of that. BTW Oldenburg is in Germany a few miles from Bremen, and i've been to both places

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  • odinhouse  |  December 05 2012, 4:00PM

    Good luck to William and Kate , hope things will be all right , it would be Nice if ''William and Kate '' Took the Throne next, and Not their Devoiced father and his stepmother, god help us if/when thy take the Throne, ( Charles and the old....? ) Diana would have made a lovely Queen,

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  • weslangdon  |  December 05 2012, 1:06PM

    Phil the Greek is of German descent he's also Mrs Windsors cousin twice over; keep reading you will get there in the end http://tinyurl.com/563zuu

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  • gorseboy  |  December 05 2012, 12:37PM

    weslangdon The correct title of our current Monarch is Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Her husband is the son of the late Prince Andrew of Greece,however he took British Nationality on the eve of his wedding in 1947. George 1(1660-1727)King of Great Britain and Ireland(1714-1727. You could have been sent to the Tower years ago for your inflammatory remarks. Try the KIngs from Edward the Elder (899-924) not forgetting Edward Longshanks who I blame for a lot of this inter nation rivalry.They show our Monarchy is a right hotchpotch of ancestors from Saxon to Spanish via French,Dutch,Scots and Welsh etc..

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  • TheMatthew  |  December 05 2012, 8:09AM

    Although I am completely uninterested I am genuinely happy for them as I would be for ANY young couple expecting a child. What I dread most is that there is going to be media saturation on this boring topic for the next year or more. Let's hope the child is born healthy and, more importantly, intelligent. With Charles next in line to the throne, we don't need another buffoon in the lineage.

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  • cymroun  |  December 04 2012, 6:49PM

    I don't think it really matters who she's queen of, I just think it's totally unacceptable that in the 21st century the head of state in this country is decided by accident of birth, the sooner we have an elected head of state and consign this outdated and quite frankly, ludicrous system to the dustbin of history the better off we'll all be.

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  • weslangdon  |  December 04 2012, 5:25PM

    Gorseboy; Mrs Windsors title is Queen of England, her mother has a limited Scottish connection and Diana ex "Princess of Wales" really was English, all the rest back to George I are all Germans. Mrs Windsor married one herself to restore the link. You need to get your facts right.

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