What a difference a few days make. Three days ago she was celebrating St. Andrews Day by playing hockey at her old primary school, pictured below. And today comes the announcement that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting her first child.
The baby, boy or girl (thanks to an agreement among the commonwealth ministers in 2011), will be born third in line to the British throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William. The Duchess is believed to be about 12 weeks pregnant. Joy at the announcement has been tempered by the fact that she was immediately admitted to King Edward VII Hospital, suffering from a severe form of morning sickness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It's believed that the announcement of the pregnancy was made by St. James's Palace because of Kate's medical condition.
The announcement caps a remarkable year for the British, with the buildup to the Queen's Jubilee and the London Olympics and Paralympics culminating in three triumphant events. And the public has been anticipating an announcement almost since the royal couple exchanged vows in 2011. Family members, including the Queen, are said to be delighted. The Queen has even posted the news on her Facebook page
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