LONDON -- Can you hear the palace trumpets blowing?
Clarence House says Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are expecting a baby.
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The official statement as released by the Palace:
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.
The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. 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.
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Hyperemesis Gravidarum is very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.
As the first born to William - who is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles - the couple's first child stands an excellent chance of one day becoming monarch.
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Whether boy or girl, the child will be behind Prince William in the line of succession to the throne, Cabinet Office officials said.