Dec 03, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child.

St. James’s Palace has confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital.

The palace says that since the pregnancy is in its ”very early stages,” the 30-year-old duchess is expected to stay in the hospital for several days and will require a period of rest afterward.

In recent days, Kate has kept up royal appearances, recently playing field hockey with schoolchildren at her former school.

The confirmation of her pregnancy follows intense speculation ever since their lavish Westminster Abbey wedding last year.

Prime Minister David Cameron writes on Twitter that he’s ”delighted by the news,” saying the royals ”will make wonderful parents.”

Not only are the young couple popular, their child is expected to play an important role in British national life for decades to come.

As the first-born to William, who is second in line for the throne after his father, Prince Charles, the couple’s child stands an excellent chance of one day becoming monarch.

Whether it’s boy or a girl, the child will be next in line behind William in the line of succession to the throne.

In 2011, leaders of Britain and the 15 former colonies that have the monarch as their head of state agreed to new rules giving females equal status with males in the order of succession.

Although none of the nations had legislated to make the change as of September 2012, the British Cabinet Office confirmed that this is now the de-facto rule.

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