Kate Middleton Pregnant Buckingham Palace Announces

By O'Jay Burgess | Dec 03, 2012 12:48 PM EST

According to ABC News, Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton are expecting the birth of their first child.

The news was confirmed from Buckingham Palace on Monday.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby," the palace said in a statement today. "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."  

Middleton according to ABC News was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital today in central London with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients, the palace said.

"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," the statement said.

The couple who are constantly under the media microscope, have been fielding baby questions since they got married Apil 29, 2011. In an interview with ABC's Katie Couric in May, Prince William discussed the desire to start a family of his own with his new wife.

"It is quite strange reading about it, but I try not to let it bother me," Prince William said. "I'm just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I are looking forward to having a family in the future."

Regardless of the sex of the child it will become the heir to the throne due to changes in the rules of succession.

In 2011, the heads of 16 Commonwealth countries agreed to a change in the rules of succession so that first-born children of either gender can take the throne. Queen Elizabeth II was only eligible to be monarch because her father had no male children. The British Parliament must still amend existing law to make the succession change official.

Prince William and Kate are sticking with tradition of royal children being born within the first year of marriage. Princess Diana gave birth to William just 11 months after her wedding and the queen gave birth to Prince Charles six days before her first wedding anniversary.

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