From St James's Palace:
'Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July. The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.'
Kate is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes severe vomiting and dehydration and is most common in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It is thought she is slowly recovering as the illness often eases off in the second trimester. However, we don't expect to see the couple for a short while. A spokesman said William would be concentrating on his flying with the RAF Search and Rescue Force while Kate would return to engagements in the "near future".
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If the royal baby arrives early, he or she could share a birthday with Princess Diana who was was born on July 1 although it is thought the due date is closer to mid July. Very exciting news for William and Kate and most importantly, it's great to hear the twelve week scan showed the baby is in perfect health.
The Duke and Duchess have advertised for a 'super servant' to help them in their new life as parents at Kensington Palace. The Sunday Express's talented Camilla Tominey wrote:
'An internal advertisement at Buckingham Palace calls for someone: "to provide a high standard of housekeeping for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Main duties included: ensuring all areas of the residence are cleaned and maintained to a high standard at all times. Caring for and maintaining TRH personal clothing, cleaning silver-ware and glassware and in-house laundry.'
The advertisement also states that a current valid UK driving licence is "essential". The couple employed their first orderly last week, whose role includes chauffering, logistics and organising William's wardrobe. This news adds further weight to the theory William is planning to leave the RAF and dedicate his time to royal duties or the couple are at least planning to base themselves in London.
The unveiling of Kate's first portrait by Paul Emsley sparked quite a lot of debate. Some loved it and some hated it, but vast numbers of 'Repli-Kate's' wanted to know who designed the sleeveless pussy-bow blouse Kate wore in photos taken by the artist.
Repli-Kate IT kindly shared a link via WKW FB to the French Connection Sub Silky Tie Top which is the closest item to the blouse I've seen (following several searches). The lightweight top is currently on sale reduced from £57 to £28 and is available in antique lace, evergreen, navy and rust red.
From the product description:
'French Connection lightweight tie-neck top is a soft drape style that simply exudes sophistication. Sub Silky Tie Top has a pussy-bow tie at neck, covered button placket through front and small cap sleeves. The top is demi-sheer.'
I'd like to thank Repli-Kate IT for this wonderful ID.
William and Kate were spotted at a service station on the M1 yesterday. No one snapped a photo, but Adam Burridge revealed they were driving a very muddy Land Rover. Perhaps the couple spent the weekend in the country with friends?
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