The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are expecting their first child, it has been officially announced by St James' Palace. Members of the royal family, and also the Middletons, are said to be 'delighted' with the news.
There has been fruitless speculation, especially online, since the beginning of the year, about whether the Duchess was pregnant or not. But only now has it been officially confirmed in Britain by the palace. There was the expectation that there would soon be a pregnancy on the horizon, going by other royal standards.
Apparently the pregnancy is less that 12 weeks old and, whether boy or girl, the baby will have its path clearly marked out. As third in line to the throne, it will have all kinds of privileges and responsibilities, especially for the armed forces and as head of the Commonwealth.
The Duchess will be looked after during her pregnancy by consultant Marcus Setchell, who is used to delivering royal babies.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle were among the first to congratulate the couple!