Kate Middleton Pregnant: Second Royal Baby on the WayKatlyn Joy |18, September 2014
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, have made it official: Prince George will not long be an only child. The couple would have preferred to keep the news secret longer, probably after the critical 12 week period had passed, but again Kate is suffering from acute morning sickness so the cat was out of the bag.
Word from Buckingham Palace is that both families are delighted with the news. However, Kate has already cancelled her first event due to her hyperemesis gravidarum. She was scheduled to join Prince William at Oxford University for the opening of a Chinese study center. The palace also announced that Kate would be attending future events, on a case-by-case basis.
While in her first pregnancy with Prince George, Kate had to be hospitalized due to her severe morning sickness. This time she is being treated at her home, by Alan Farthing, the Queen's gynecologist, and the royal household gynecologist, Guy Thorp- Beeston.
Prince William stated Kate should be feeling better in a few weeks time, which sounds about right, since reports indicate she is around 8 or 9 weeks along. Kate is scheduled for her first overseas solo gig, to Malta on September 20 and 21. It remains to be seen if she will be up to traveling then.
Prince George was born in July 2013, and it's also reported that the royal couple had hoped to have their children close in age, as their families had done in the past.
Boy or girl, this child will be fourth in line to throne. Prince Charles heads the line, followed by Prince William who is second and his young son, Prince George is third. When the tot was born, he kicked his uncle, Prince Harry, to number four, now this baby makes it five.
Before the recent change in ruling, only a boy would be in succession for the throne. Now however, a girl can assume the throne.
Yet, just like Prince Harry, it is unlikely this younger sibling of George's will become monarch. The privileges of being a first-born are significant in the royal family!
The Queen is likely happy to have this happy news pull the attention away from the topic of Scotland's independence.
Apparently, the couple was disappointed at having to spill the beans so soon, and only told their families a day before the royal announcement was made.
We are likely to be hearing quite a bit in the upcoming months on Kate's state of health, speculation on the baby's gender and the name likely to be bestowed, as well as a constant fashion watch of Kate's popular maternity style.
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