Kate MIddleton
Media camped outside the hospital where Kate is staying.

For weeks now, gossip magazines have been listing signs that the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton) is pregnant with a royal baby.

Well, pop the champagne and polish the royal china. The news is official. The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant.

The announcement came overnight via St James Palace. In a statement they said:

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. 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…Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”

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Kate is reportedly not quite 12 weeks pregnant (although the BBC is reporting she’s two months pregnant) and has been admitted to hospital “with acute morning sickness and is expected to stay in hospital for several days.”

"Thank you for my erotic coconut."The Royal Palace would only confirm the couple became aware of the pregnancy “recently”. According to reports from the UK press, the Queen and other members of the royal family didn’t know Kate was pregnant and only found out after she was admitted to hospital.

This from the BBC:

BBC’s royal correspondent Peter Hunt said William and Kate were staying at her parents in Berkshire at the weekend and travelled to the private London hospital from there by car.

It is understood that Kate is being cared for by gynecologist Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Countess of Wessex’s two children.

The baby will be third in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William. Under new British laws which came into effect last year, the child’s uncle – Prince Harry – will be bumped down the line to fourth.

We couldn’t be happier for the couple.

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