Monday, 8 September 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge is Expecting Her Second Child

In unexpected and breaking news, Kensington Palace has confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child. The couple only found out very recently and Kate has not yet reached the crucial twelve week stage.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

We wish to extend our congratulations to William and Kate. The couple are doting parents to Prince George and we're so pleased they will be welcoming a new addition to their family.


Once again, William and Kate have been forced to take the difficult decision to announce the pregnancy because Kate is suffering with Hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. Her Royal Highness will be unable to accompany William for today's visit to Oxford.

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When Kate was in the early stages of her first pregnancy, the morning sickness was so severe she was hospitalised at King Edward VII hospital. This time Her Royal Highness is at home at Kensington Palace being treated by the surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen Alan Farthing. Dr. Farthing assisted Marcus Setchell when Kate was expecting George.


More about the condition from Pregnancy Sickness Support:

'Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum are particularly isolating conditions and women are very often left feeling misunderstood and alone for months on end when housebound'.

The official statement from the Palace:

'Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.
 As with her first pregnancy, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany the Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today.'

Kate's sickness means her first solo trip to Malta later this year is seriously in doubt. A Palace source said that a decision would be made closer to the time. But the Duchess does plan to support her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, at the Invictus Games for the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening, although it will depend on how she feels.


While we don't know exact dates, it's been reported Prince George will have a brother or sister in late March-early April next year.


The baby will be a Prince or Princess, as The Queen ensured all William's children would become HRHs with fitting titles. The Prince or Princess will be fourth in line to the throne and the the fifth great-grandchild of the Queen and Prince Philip. Allegedly the Queen and Prince Charles were informed over the past 24 hours while the Middleton family were told the good news last weekend.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

The press gathered outside Kensington Palace today.


Meanwhile, a very happy looking Prince William formally opened the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building in the grounds of St. Hugh's College this afternoon.


The Prince was greeted by excited school children who shouted 'Congratulations' and received a posy of flowers for Kate and a toy swan for George. During the engagement he revealed he hopes Kate "will be over the worst of her morning sickness in a few weeks time". There's a video from the appearance at ITN Source.


Before leaving William said a few words to the press:

'She's feeling ok thanks. It's been a tricky few days..week or so. But obviously we're immensely thrilled.  It's great news, early days. We're hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better.'

Do you think William and Kate will have another little prince or a princess? :)

205 comments:

  1. I'm so happy, and so glad for them. Amazing news. Although I feel so bad for her having to feel that sick. And for them to have to tell early... Good though that she can be treated at home this time!

    Congratulations!!

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  2. I hope all goes well with Kate's pregnancy and I hope they have a girl this time!

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  3. I had a feeling this was the reason behind the lack of engagements as of late. It's a shame she has to suffer so badly at the beginning of such a happy time. Looking forward to seeing the maternity outfits that the Duchess chooses this time around. And fingers crossed for a little girl of course!!

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    1. I suspect as it's so close to the last pregnancy that it'll be a series of repeats...

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    2. You're right, I'm sure, Penelope. However, the season is almost totally flipped this time--so maybe there will be some new outfits.

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  4. Yay!!!!! Congrats to the Royal Family! Maybe they'll get a little princess! :)

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  5. this is so exciting!! :) although a bit early don't you think? I wonder if Kate will feel good enough to go to Malta...

    Ana

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  6. Yah! Wonderful breaking news received 10pm here in Australia. She will be a busy Mumma with babies that close in age. Lucky George to have a little playmate. Lucky us to get to see the life of the Royals unfold a little more in due time! Very excited, now Goodnight!
    Theresa, Australia

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  7. Eeeep such great news, hoping she feels better soon.

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  8. Theresa. New York8 September 2014 at 13:25

    I am absolutely delighted. Yours was the first place I went to after seeing the news on Yahoo this morning.
    I hope for a speedy recovery from this terrible morning sickness (which lasts all day) and then for an uneventful pregnancy for Kate. Such exciting news!

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  9. Lovely news about the baby, but so sorry she is so sick again.
    Did wonder last week when we saw the photos of the couple out for supper. The last time they did that, we heard soon after that Prince George was expected---their own private celebration?
    Probably explains the train back from Norfolk too.
    Probably someone else will have to take over the Malta trip---sad, but a new baby is always wonderful news, no matter who the parents.

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    1. My thought after hearing she was pregnant was that the couple celebrated the news with that outing for supper and as you mentioned Jean probably their own private celebration (after all we were not suppose to be privvy to that outing). When I thought she might be pregnant was that delicious egg breakfast at that delightful setting near her parents house (it had been a flitting thought and she probably would not have known pregnant at that time). If HG takes a while to ease up, it would seem someone else will have to take over the Malta trip. Congratulations to this deserving couple.

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    2. Yes. I thought she looked a little "under the weather" in those date photos--and he seemed extraordinarily protective! I'm really thrilled--and hope her HG does not hang on too long. Although it was quite severe last time, it did seem to ease up after the first trimester. I wish her Godspeed!

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    3. I hope the medication works this time as well Lynn. Appearantly the medication only works on some women. Some wondered how she could get better so (relatively) quick last time, so she might be one of those who respond well to the medicine?

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  10. Congratulations! These are really good news :-)
    I am very happy for them and I hope Kates sickness ist not as bad as the first time...

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  11. Yay! Woke up to this wonderful news here in Texas! Hoping that she feels better soon :)

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  12. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)8 September 2014 at 13:30

    How exciting! This was fun news to wake up to!
    I pray for a happy, healthy pregnancy and that God blesses this lovely family.
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  13. Congratulations!! I hope all the best for them! And for a little girl!

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  14. I'm so happy to see this! Congratulations to the Cambridge Family! My babies (10 and 11) are close in age too; it's a challenge, but so worth it! They can be the best of friends.

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  15. This is happy news! Obviously they wanted another child to grow up with wee Georgie. I'm sure they would have waited a bit longer before the big announcement, but with Kate's morning sickness it was almost a necessity. I do hope she won't be quite as sick as the first time. Congratulations to the expectant parents!

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  16. My daughter just told me as it was on the radio news... Wonderful and Congratulations to the certainly very happy parents!!! I´m sorry to hear about her being not well again... but I´m sure this time will be "better" because she knows what to do about it and that most probably after the first three months she will be ok again (like last time). So I wish her all the best for the time being!
    I thought a second baby would be on its way sooner rather than later. The move to Ammer Hall and then, William said many, many times how he was glad to have a brother only two years younger than him.
    Thanks so much, Charlotte, for keeping us informed! So it´s going to be "busy times" again for you.....;-))))

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  17. I saw this coming, it's really lovely News.

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  18. anon from Leominster8 September 2014 at 13:51

    Wonderful news!! While a girl would be nice, William and Harry are so close, two brothers would be perfect too (with maybe a baby sister to follow). I had two friends with H.G. (and they both had to go to work!) and the one who went on to have another pregnancy, suffered again so that does seem to be common.

    Suspect they'll have to send someone else to Malta since the celebration can hardly be cancelled. I wonder if Beatrice could go or maybe William will step in. Since the queen was there when she was young, it would seem nice tto have a young member attend.

    Now we have the fun on speculating about names again.

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    1. This is lovely news, though I'm sorry Kate has to suffer so much again and cancel events she must have looked forward to.

      Maybe Sophie will go to Malta.

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    2. With all due respect Anon from Leominster, someone with true HG would not be able to go to work. They need medical attention, intravenous fluids and antiemetics. They become very weak and may be required to remain in bed for the safety of their own health and that of their baby.
      Midwife from the midlands

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    3. I too would like to see a brother for George also due to the fact that William and Harry have such a close brother relationship. My guess is Kate wants a girl after all this happening for a second time and not have a third child. I wish she would have twins, boy and a girl, now that would be what I would call perfect.

      If William was not going to Malta due to his ambulance training, I wonder how he could go to Malta, but we do not know how it might be arranged so he could. Perhaps Prince Harry could go, that to me would be most fitting. Otherwise I opt for both Beatrice and Eugenie to attend the Malta celebrations. It would appear a decision has to made soon for all the preparations if a female is chosen. :)

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    4. anon from Leominster9 September 2014 at 07:03

      Sorry to say, anonymous, both my friends had iand still had to go to work. One of them was so weak, she said several nights she had to crawl to the loo, but she still got up and got to work some of the time. It was a horrible experience but there was no way she could get leave for months. At that time, H.G. wasn't as well understood, people told her it was because she was a working woman and not attuned to being a mum and all matters of nonsense. It lasted virtually all of her pregnancy and she was in the hospital at least twice getting rehydrated. She had only the one, said she could never go through that again.

      The other told me she spent most of the day in the loo at work and in the evening just collapsed with a bucket beside her. It was fairly awful but she did get better at around five months. Both thought Kate must have recovered rather quickly as she was off to Mustique in January. Both my friends said all they had the strengh to do was try to survive, not travel -- leave is designed for new mums, not for pregnant women and they were both deathly afraid of being made redundant for being absent too much.

      Kate doesn't have that kind of worry for the most part but I imagine Malta is on her mind.

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    5. Thank goodness for the medical advancements and working conditions of the 20th century Anon from Leominster. That sounds truly awful.
      Midwife from the midlands

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    6. Sounds worse than sending kids up the chimneys to sweep them .... Good that the UK maternity laws have changed things so radically in the last 30 years. Pretty poor show by your friends' employers though, Anon from Leominster. No sick leave, no sympathy, and no job - yikes! Very pleased for Catherine that she doesn't have any of that nonsense to deal with and can just focus on herself William and George. Dottie in Devon

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    7. anon from Leominster9 September 2014 at 15:23

      Actually was within the last thirty years. More like the last fiffteen for one. They both took off sick when they could, but it's not so easy - one was in law and worried about her clients and keeping up, the other worked in a small office. It was the first time I had heard of H.G. when my first friend had it - no idea there was a name or even a condition. From what I've read, medicine has improved a lot, know there were anti-sick tablets but think they are much better now.

      People were sypathetic but I don't think there was as clear of understanding of why it happened to some women and not others then. I was shocked people said it was my friend wasn't comfortable being pregnant because she was quite high-powered - she had been trying to fall pregnant for several years!

      Just had a friend have a baby when she had to be hospitalised for other reasons for the last couple of months. She works independently and was back to work within the month after the birth. The idea everyone can take unlimited time before and a whole year after, is a bit of a fallacy. Depends on the nature of the work.

      When Kate was ill the first time, I wondered when she recovered if she could take on H.G. as one of her causes after the baby was born, but people jumped on me for suggesting she use a personal problem for an idea for charitable work so I'll just stay it's still an area where there not complete understanding in the public and employers and I think Kate having it has brought much more attention to it really being a serious medical condition than before.

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    8. I, too, worked--taught high school English--with HG--and ran out of the classroom several times a day, leaving my students unattended (They were actually very sympathetic and behaved well for me!). I burned up all of my sick leave with a couple of hospital stays and bed rest on the worst days. After six months, I began to feel better. Unfortunately by the time my precious baby girl (only child!) was born, I had no sick leave days left for my maternity leave. Therefore, though my "leave" was state-mandated and my job was "kept" for me, the six-week maternity leave was totally unpaid leave. Sticking with the job through such an ordeal did preserve the job for me--and did allow me to preserve my medical insurance policy, which was "tied" to the job. I think UK (and most of Europe) has more enlightened policies about pregnancy and family leave than the US. Things are getting a little better here--but not much.
      P.S. I do realize that some cases of HG are even more severe than mine was--but mine was so severe that I never chanced another pregnancy.

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    9. anon from Leo, it is amazing your friends got any actual work done, being weak and spending all their time at work in the loo. Must have been upsetting for co-workers, who may have wished to suggest everyone might be better off with them at home.
      They must have had very understanding bosses to allow this.
      Norah from Northumberland.

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    10. Very well explained Leo, thank you.

      I have heard law is a tough area for pregnant women and mothers, and that there is little understanding for what they might be going through. I had a friend who was a lawyer, and she was wanted back at work within days of giving birth. Her boss phoned her at the hospital to say congratulations, but the second sentence was pretty much: "OK, you have had your baby, so when are you coming back..." Pretty awful.

      Life is not fair for all women, even in this day and age unfortunately.
      I think it would be wonderful if Catherine would make HG one of her causes when she feels better.
      What better way to feel passionate about a charity than when it involves something that you have experienced yourself?! We will have to wait and see!

      If I am not completely off track, I believe Princess Mary is involved with the Heart Foundation due to her mother having suffered with heart disease. I think that is simply wonderful.

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    11. And I agree with Dottie from Devon, it is very good that Catherine has all the support that she needs. That is important!

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    12. I would love to see Zara go to Malta. I know she is not working royal, but she is said to be the queen's favorite grandchild, and Malta is such a special place for the queen. I think it would be very sweet for Zara to step in.

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    13. I vote for Charlotte! (And I'm not sucking up to our Charlotte either; I've always liked the name.

      I don't know about a boy's name. They took my favourite (Alexander) as George's middle name.

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    14. Leo, I think HG awareness would be a great idea. You can't argue that people haven't supported charities because of a family connection (Camilla and I think Sophie both have).

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    15. anon from Leominster10 September 2014 at 03:47

      Norah, I think understanding bosses would have found a way to send them home, but it isn't that easy. Was in law myself and never met a truly understanding boss! You could be dying and they would expect you to carry on. It can be quite demanding.

      I don't really recall but doubt my friend got much sympathy or interest from her fellow co-workers and she was very concerned for her clients -didn't want them taken over by others. I remember she said she spent much her time dealing with things on the phone - you think she could have worked from home but she felt she had to appear. The other friend worked in a small office and I think her co-workers were just hoping they didn't have to take on her work more than necessary.

      That can be a huge problem for firms since the job must be held. Laws can be passed and that's all very well, but so often the reality of individual situations can be quite different.

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    16. anon, I would respectfully suggest that either your friends' illnesses were not as severe as an HG diagnosis would dictate and thus could perform their duties and carry their share of the work load; or they were actually suffering from intractable vomiting and resultant dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and therefore incapable of accomplishing enough work to justify risking their own and their child's lives.
      Norah from Northumberland

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    17. anon from Leominster10 September 2014 at 12:01

      You could be right Norah, although the ob/gyn who diagonosed my one friend seemed to have disagreed with you since he (I think it was a he, but wouldn't swear to that now), told her it was H.G!

      It was the first time I had heard of the name H.G. (Not abbreviated back then.) and I thought at the time it meant that you were ill for your whole pregnancy as she was.

      Later there was an article, in Vogue I think, where the woman was staying in bed, the first time I'd seen anything in writing, and I thought too it was remarkable that my friend stayed up and going much of the time, even though she was hospitalised for re-hydration at a couple of points.

      For my other friend, I don't know that the consultant used the term but she did suffer from dehydration and had to try to use one of those electrolyte drinks - if she could keep it down. Believe she was given jabs as well but that may not make it H.G. She was horribly ill for months though and lost weight.

      It's ironic because that friend doubted that Kate truly had H.G., noting that in spite of her single hospitalisation that she was up and about, at the sports awards and at Sandringham for the shoot at Christmas just a couple of weeks after the diagnosiis, not to mention attending church at Christmas.

      The friend iin question (I've lost touch with the other) said that she was much too sick to do anything like that even though she was limping to work and that her constant sick bouts lasted much longer - well into her fifth month or so. (The other friend was ill for her entire pregnancy)

      So doubting H.G. even when it is diagnosed, does still seem to happen! Personally, if a ob/gyn says so, it's sufficient for me, but I have heard that bosses particularly are very much inclined to doubt it exists. Frankly, I thought the one friend was taking some risk by working --but she carried on as she was the main supporter of her family and she really felt taking off too early would put her advancement at risk.

      I was quite interested in following her, being rather broody at the time myself and hoping to fall pregnant in spite of these horror situations. It didn't happen for me, but I did fly one time with an ear infection for work in spite of being told that my hearing could be affected permanently so people will do odd things for fear of their jobs. I wouldn't do it again now, suffering as I am from some hearing loss, but thought the doctor mad at the time and unrealistic to suggest I tell my employer I wouldn't go.

      Neither of my friends had children when they were so ill, although one did go on for a second pregnancy and was very ill again. But I recall reading in the article that the woman had a child and how hard it was for him or her that mummy was ill all the time and not able to give him any attention. So I suspect this is a confusing time for George, regardless of whatever name you put on Kate's illness.




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  19. Rhonda - Wisconsin8 September 2014 at 13:53

    Congratulations Will and Kate!!!! I am so thrilled for them both and for George to have a little brother or sister. Poor Kate - hopefully it will be short-lived and she'll be feeling much better very soon. Lovely way to start a Monday!

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  20. Sarah from Calif.8 September 2014 at 13:54

    Wonderful news, so happy for them!
    Well I'm hoping for a boy so George has a playmate :)

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    1. If you look back, there is a tendency for the male members of the family to have children of the same gender, so my bet is a brother for George

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    2. anon from Leominster8 September 2014 at 16:04

      Some truth in that, but we do have to remember Prince Edward, not to mention the Duke of Kent in the previous generation. And not true for the Gloucesters in this generation.

      Always have felt the pattern of the queen's four children is interesting though. Anne had a boy first, then a girl. Edward had a girl first, then a boy. Andrew two girls. Charles two boys. So perfect symetry and an equal number of boys anf girls for grandchildren. Of course, Andrew could marry again and spoil it all, not to mention, the story that no Duke of York in recent memory has produced a male heir.

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    3. Yes agree, the pattern is amazing Leo!

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  21. Jennifer from Wisconsin8 September 2014 at 14:01

    Yay! I was wondering with the dearth of appearances ans move to Anmer if they were trying. Good for them! Hope she feels better soon!

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  22. I knew it they've been so loved up lately, more so than ever.....I'm so happy for them and hope Kate is ok.

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  23. How exciting I am thrilled for them! And for all of us royal fans! It's terrible thought that they had to announce it early due to Kate's severe morning sickness especially as she is not yet past the first trimester. All my congratulations to William and Kate and prayers for a happy and healthy Mommy and baby!

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  24. What great news to start off the week!! So very exciting to hear, but I hope she is feeling better soon so we can see her out and about again. God bless Kate, William, George and the upcoming birth of their 2nd child!
    Jen in MD, USA

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  25. I knew we'd hear an announcement by the end of the year!!! Didn't know it'd be today, but it's so wonderful!!!!!!

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  26. Yay! I'm bummed that she's so sick again, but it seems like they can manage it a little better this time since she's at home. This is so exciting! (Also, know that my husband woke me up to tell me the news this morning. He saw something on Twitter. Haha.)

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    1. Oh that is so cute, Paige @ Little Nostalgia. My hubby emailed me with the news! He knows, I am a huge royal watcher and a Kate and Will fan and thought I would be happy to hear the news, and I was. Happy for them both and love that little Prince George will be a brother next year!

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  27. I thought we'd hear this exciting news early next year so that the babies would be at least two years apart, but it's lovely to hear Kate's expecting again! After so little news, now we'll have plenty. I do hope Kate feels better and once the HG is under control, we see her out and about again.

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  28. Congratulations William and Kate! I've just read the news. I feel so happy for you and little George.
    Wishing Kate an easier pregnancy and a beautiful and healthy baby... maybe a girl this time?

    Monica, France

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  29. I wonder if this was a planned pregnancy. Was she not meant to go on a solo tour to Malta later this month? Will this go ahead as scheduled? Also, wasn't there talk of the Duke and Duchess heading to China next year? What will happen to this?

    Also interesting to note that the pregnancy was announced a week before the Scottish elections and that the baby will be born during election year.

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    1. Sabby, for many women, pregnancy cannot be planned to an exact year, let alone an exact month! It's a gift that is in God's hands.

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    2. They had to continue booking engagements even if they were trying. Yes, it seems to have worked quickly. But what if it had taken 3 years? They could not put their life on hold. In this case it is actually better for them to cancel engagements than it would be for them not to schedule them.

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    3. We all think of Kate as such a planner, maybe she was unduly optimistic about not having severe morning sickness again or was told it might take longer than this to conceive after stopping whatever family planning method they employ. The Malta trip was a very big step up in her Royal duties and now it seems quite possible she won't be able to go. Hoping for all to go well and know that they must be so very happy.

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    4. Okay, now this is simply ridiculous. Human pregnancy is not like the annual salmon spawn or the alligator breeding season. You can't plan it to an exact time frame. Do they no longer teach plain biology in the schools anymore.

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    5. Why can't you just be happy for William & Catherine instead of second guessing if this was planned. You can not just plan ahead of time to get pregnant. It sounds like none of you every had a baby.

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    6. Since the Duchess did not become pregnant in the first year after her marriage, we might speculate she was using a reliable method of family planning, unlike the method nature provides to salmon. Women on oral contraceptives can expect NOT to become pregnant with about 99 percent effectiveness. So if a woman on oral contraceptives wants to become pregnant no earlier than say, October, because of work obligations, she might not stop taking her pills until September, knowing she might get pregnant on that first cycle or might have to go through a few more months before her body adjusts hormonally.
      Two questions: don't they teach family planning to you young folks? And why on earth are you so snarly about it?

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    7. Well said, Greybird and some astute observations!
      I've read in a number of reliable accounts that the royals prefer summer births so they can use their summer break as a sort of maternity leave, etc., and the mother can have some recovery time. They can retreat to their country homes to recover, much as Will and Kate did after George was born.
      Might be some truth to that, with George being born in July, Wills in June and Harry in September.
      Anyway, these days, couples can pretty much control when they are able to become pregnant - or not, as you pointed out, Greybird.
      I think anyone who believes that Catherine wasn't using some form of contraception up to and after her wedding is breathtakingly naive. And as you pointed out, it's simple math. You figure out when a pregnancy would be feasible and you discontinue taking the oral contraceptives. Since she's not three months' pregnant but the pregnancy has been confirmed by the Palace, I'd expect she's about two months' pregnant. Which would mean she likely would have stopped contraception some time in early summer.
      As for the wine spritzer that people keep mentioning, that's really not a huge issue. It's a bit of white wine and club soda and likely more club soda than white wine. A few sips of a white wine spritzer is not going to hurt a fetus any more than a strong cup of Earl Grey is.
      Since the royals are masters of planning and scheduling everything, I would expect that Will and Kate made some decisions about when they wanted to get pregnant and when a baby could be born to allow them the most time to spend with a new little prince or princess and also taking into account William's plans to train as a air ambulance pilot and whatever advance planning the Palace may have advised them on, keeping in mind that when Charles assumes the throne, their lives will change drastically and immediately.
      The news that Kate is pregnant raises more than a few interesting questions, including whether she'll go to Malta and I expect she will not.
      But more importantly, will she elect to stay in London at KP, while William trains in Norfolk? I can't believe she or William would take the risk of being 2.5 hours away from London and the doctors and medical care there to live at Anmer Hall now. Even via helicopter, it's still a journey, especially for a pregnant woman who is suffering a severe illness.
      I've read several reports that although the illness calmed down during the first pregnancy, Kate was fairly sick with it throughout the pregnancy with George and didn't have a very pleasant go of it. If that's the case, I can't see they would want to be very far from St. Mary's and her doctors there for any long period of time.
      I'm sure that Norwich and Norfolk have quality medical facilities but I don't see Will and Kate taking that chance with the baby's health and with Kate's health. So that almost means that Kate will remain in London.
      As for her doctors traveling, she's certainly their star patient but they still have other patients and obligations so them moving to Norfolk until next spring is outside the realm of believability as well.
      I'd say she'd go to her parents but I have to think, with the millions plunged into renos at KP and at Anmer, I'd guess the pressure will be on for her to stay at KP.

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    8. Doesn't appear that the queen read the same book :-) Charles - November, Anne - August, Andrew - February and Edward - March
      Anyway it's lovely news and although I am sure there is an element if planning involved only Mother Nature knows whether it happens more quickly or more slowly than your plan :-)
      William will actually be training in Cambridge - which is about equal distance between KP and Sandringham, roughly 50 to 60 miles each way. It's only once his training is complete that he could be based at either Norwich in Norfolk or in Cambridge.
      Sandringham is about 110 miles from Central London and a lot of people commute by train each day but the roads are not so good. But she would be a very brief helicopter flight away if they did choose The Sandringham estate.
      I really hope she does get over the HG quickly so that she and William can be where they would be happier.
      Simone

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    9. Jennifer from Wisconsin9 September 2014 at 06:57

      My Samantha is the 1 in a 1000 you read about on the brochure and the wall on the doctor's office. You never know. Antibiotics can negate the effects of birth control and while that was not the case with me, you never know why things happen. My daughter beams with pride and a sense of mischief managed when she hears she's one in a thousand. Being only five, she does not understand, but my husband and I sure do! However it happened, I say we just celebrate. ;)

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    10. Lin from the Netherlands9 September 2014 at 07:20

      Good observations, Elizabeth. I reckon she'll plan to stay in London for the first few months, but if HG wears off she may be likely to go to Norfolk. I am thinking she may prefer being closer to William during his training and maybe have George in the countryside a bit more than at KP too. That is, obviously if her health is under control.

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    11. Word of reason Simone, and thanks for explaining the distances so well. It makes a lot of sense that they should use the helicopter.

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    12. Helen from Wiltshire9 September 2014 at 12:01

      Sabby, I completely agree with you. Whilst I am happy for the couple and Prince George and will be just as absorbed by the pregnancy and birth as I was with George, I do think that the timing of this second pregnancy is shockingly poor.

      If we extrapolate from 2012/2013, George was born about 7 and a half months after her hospitalization, which would make this one due in the back end of April 2015. With a General Election to be held in the first week or so of May, I can't help thinking that this could open the couple up to all sorts of accusations of trying to create a 'feelgood' factor just before the election (which usually helps the party in power at the time).

      Whatever your political stance, I'm afraid this really does not reflect well on William and Kate. If they could avoid a pregnancy in 2012 because of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, then they could easily have timed this child to arrive much later in 2015 to avoid a clash with the election.

      Sadly, I find my excitement at the news has been tempered quite a bit by my disappointment in their judgement. Still, I wish them well and hope that Kate is feeling better soon.

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    13. anon from Leominster9 September 2014 at 15:45

      Talk of the announcment coming just before the Scottish vote has been called political too!!

      I'm sure Kate and William use family planning, they were together for almost a decade before marriage, but it does create a conundrum for them, as they may have a personal idea how close they want their children together. And pregnancies do just happen. If Kate hadn't fallen ill, they might have waited to announce until later, after the Scots vote.

      It honestly would have been hard to avoid next years election because even if they waited a bit longer, announcing a pregnancy can also be seen as political. To wait completely until after the election would have made George and a sibling almost three years apart. William is so close to Harry, two years younger than he, and Kate to Pippa, that they feel this is the perfect time for them. And it can be very hard to say how quickly it will happen, when you do try.

      I think William and Kate make all decisions fairly much based on their private wishes. If they avoided the jubilee and the Olympics, it's because Kate was eager to attend those events more than worrying about the publicity a royal pregnancy brings.

      There are political consequences, no question, but personally I'm happy for good news that draws attention away from all the terrible things in the world, and distracts from the endless political posturing on all sides. Just my opinion.

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    14. I haven't found it, but someone described a map of Britain that shows Scotland saying "I'm leaving" and England replying "I'm pregnant." :-)

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    15. OMG. I'm almost in disbelief that they would be criticized for poor planning. It's 2014 and they're married. I think they got part of it right. But maybe it's me..................... :)

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    16. A consummate planner (aka control freak), I "scheduled" the birth of my baby boy for June 1977. In April of 1981, I finally had my baby--a precious little girl. The whole experience of having a baby (including the "five-year pregnancy") taught me lots of lessons in humility. Lesson #1: Mother Nature outranks us mere humans!

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    17. I shake my head to think that TRH's decision to have a second child and add to their family would/should be somehow limited by the fact that they are heirs to the throne-but-one because it might "clash" with an election, and that the "decision" to have a baby (and yes lets remember what one wants is not always honored by mother nature) would be viewed cynically as a ploy to divert attention from political events....(If we don't want her viewed as Mantel warned - as merely a baby making machine or a doll - then truly we can't have it both ways and now tell her when she can and can't have a child and treat the process as something with an on/off switch "made to order" when royal babies are "in season") After all royals can always choose to "pull focus" in any number of ways - and don't need someone in their ranks to be lucky enough to "conceive" to do it...(Diana proved that in spades, a limelight stealer of the first rank - and I loved her for it!)...Happy to judge W&K for their professional decisions, but I do hope no one will truly criticize the "timing" of Catherine's 2nd child ...(I frankly think she is very brave given her HG condition to conceive again) ....Life happens, we can "control" it all...That said, I can absolutely laugh about the "map of England" joke and find it to be LOL funny...Follower in Vermont

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  30. That is wonderful news. CONGRATULATIONS to Catherine and William.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts, Florence. I am so happy for them.

      This news put a huge smile on my face on a Monday morning.

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    2. Congratulations Prince William and Catherine. I wish the very best for your future family.

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  31. Lovely wonderful news!!! I do hope things go easier for her soon with the HG. Can't be easy to have to share this so early with the world and to be forced to because of something that is making you feel miserable physically can't feel good. Won't even speculate on future engagements, it will all come down to health and I expect they will err on the side of caution and rest. Hope she feels better soon and can enjoy this wonderful time! Follower in Vermont.

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  32. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess! I figured it would be soon but so exciting to hear the official announcement. I hope the Duchess feels better.

    Also, thank you very much for continuing the post with updates regarding Prince William carrying out the engagement today. Still very important to bring attention to things like this....and I absolutely adore the photo of him with the posy and duck and the little girl!

    ~Elizabeth, Albany, USA

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  33. Bittersweet in Oz.8 September 2014 at 15:00

    I was so happy to be pregnant the first time 'with' Kate. It was fun to compare my experience and become a parent in the same week. I dreaded this second announcement as I had to make the decision to stop at one child. I wish my husband & I could make enough money to afford a sibling for our child like they can. Thankyou Charlotte for your amazing blog, I've enjoyed reading for the past year. To ease my sadness I wont be following anymore now. Will be too hard for me. So happy and envious.

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    1. Hello,

      I'm so so sorry to hear that. I have no doubt the time for you and your husband to have another baby will come and everything will fall into place. Wishing you and your family all the best!

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    2. Tammy from California8 September 2014 at 16:16

      OH Bittersweet. I understand your predicament, I only had one for other reasons. It is hard to go through it emotionally. It DOES get better though. Prayers for you and your husband.

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    3. I feel so sorry for you, Bittersweet in Oz. But, think carefully about it, you might find a way to make it work. It's an enormous pity not to have a second child due to financial reasons. However, you know your situation and I appreciate that. All the best.

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    4. Hi Bittersweet
      My children are four and seven years apart, so never say never!

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    5. Eve from Massachusetts8 September 2014 at 21:44

      Bittersweet, your honesty is much appreciated. We have one 10 year old love of our lives, and wished that we could have had more, but wasn't able to for health reasons. Our son is very close to his cousins, and I have tried to foster friendships that are a bit more like family. My heart still aches at times. There are a lot of only children out there, or children who don't bond with their siblings. I reach out to them, and thereby enrich our lives and theirs. It is a challenge, but a worthy one. I think our child will be a leader because of his onlyness, and I know he doesn't take his friendships for granted. Thank you again for being so honest.

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    6. So sorry to hear that Bittersweet of Oz. I pray that things will change for the better for you and your hubby and that you will be able to afford to have another baby in the near future. Will keep you both in prayers.

      Blessings on you both.

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  34. This is fabulous! Now we know why they were so flirtatious on their dinner date overjoyed I'm sure!

    Can you all help me recall the time line? Wasn't the palace just denying the pregnancy rumor from Kate ' s "friend" from childhood that she hasn't spoken to in years? I am thinking maybe they decided to start trying again ans that was let out, and through the grapevine it was translated into being pregnant? Either way it seems there was some seed of truth to the article from her former friend... now I'm in US so I do not see all the articles published and hear about most of it from the blog and posters comments

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    1. Will and Kate found out very recently about the pregnancy and she is still in the very early stages so there is no way Jessica Hay would have know back in July.

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  35. Amy,, Detroit Michigan8 September 2014 at 15:25

    How exciting!!

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  36. Hi...I haven't seen my post from 6:30am MST posted yet. Are you filtering posts now? THanks!

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  37. Colleen from Upstate New York8 September 2014 at 15:52

    I am so excited for them! Congratulations! Distressed to hear about the HG condition again. I am an HG survivor (11 years ago). It IS very isolating and a horrific condition to experience. Well, you cannot even imagine. (I lost 25 pounds while pregnant. Mine lasted from week 5 until the beginning of the 9th month.) My husband was deployed and I was 3,000 miles away from family and working, too. There were very dark hours that I would not wish on anyone. In the end, my daughter was a very healthy almost 8 pounds. How my daughter was able to survive is a true miracle. There are after-effects of the condition that I still experience almost 12 years later. Wishing Catherine a speedy recovery. :)

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    1. Colleen: I am so sorry to hear about your experience with HG and even more thankful that you had a healthy baby girl. I am happy that you came through it even without your hubby at your side at the time, whom I have the utmost respect for, as he was about doing that selfless and brave job of protection our freedoms. God Bless you both and all the best.

      God Bless Will and Kate, will keep praying that she overcomes this illness as soon as possible.

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    2. I had it, too. Lost 40 pounds until I weighed 91 pounds at 5' 10". I feel a mix of happy and distress for them as HG is a terrible, nightmare condition.

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    3. Sorry as I am for Catherine being so sick, at least no employer has any excuse for not knowing how dreadful this condition is.
      Hope that when she has completed her family, she might become involved in some way to back research into the condition--- and indeed to all the dangers of pregnancy.

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  38. Silvia from Portugal :)))8 September 2014 at 16:01

    Dear Charlotte,
    I am so so happy!!! Really. I am so very proud of them.. They have been so much criticized and voila here is the reason why they have decided not to become just yet full time royals :))) Honestly, I have prevented my self of commenting due to the unpleasant comments about my favourite couple but now I am full of energy to comment as ofen as I may :)))) Have a great week :))) Silvia

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills8 September 2014 at 20:09

      Hey Silvia How have you been? I too have not posted much beccause of all the crap being said about W&K
      But I do read everyday. Hope all is well woth you.

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  39. Tammy from California8 September 2014 at 16:14

    AHEM! I WANT CREDIT!!!!!! I said it when she was at the Queen's garden party! I said she was looking a little tired and that "if she is pregnant, you heard it here first!" HA! WOOT-WOOT! Another baby on the way!!!

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    1. Nice try, but since the garden party was over 12 weeks ago I am thinking that the math says she wasn't pregnant then.

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    2. Tammy from California9 September 2014 at 05:43

      I still want credit.

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    3. Marion from Germany9 September 2014 at 15:59

      Dear Tammy,

      I am very happy to offer you my credit for being such a trustworthy fortuneteller regarding royal babies. Thumbs up! :-)
      Perhaps your incredible abilities go even further and you can tell us if you think/know/feel/see if George will have a brother or a sister. I do not have any special “feeling” so far, so I am definitely curious about your opinion.

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    4. Yeah, me to tammy :))

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  40. So exciting! I checked the blig to see pictures from today's event and was completely shocked to hear the announcement! I hope it's a girl! I feel terrible that they had to make the announcement so early. Poor Kate! I'm sure they were hoping to be settled into their country home before the announcement was made to avoid the media circus. I do hope the trip to Malta is still on. But of course her health and the health of the baby comes first. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a repeat of the peach dress with the coral jacket.

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    1. That was one of my favorite looks as well. Though, from the pregnancy look polls Charlotte set up, seems others dismissed it. I thought the coral was very pretty on her and I think she should wear it more often. I'm guessing there will be many repeats, but we'll have to wait and see.

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  41. Wow!! Wasn't expecting to hear that news this morning. I wonder if they were as suprised as all of us. I wouldn't think the Malta trip would have been scheduled if a new baby had been in their plans considering how sick she becomes. Anyway great news, and looking forward to the birth of this new prince or princess. I think it will be another boy.

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    1. The Malta trip was probably planned AT LEAST 6 months ago... Just because we just found out about the trip doesn't mean it wasn't planned before. And Kate and William apparently just found out them self.

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    2. Ecactly! Must have caught them by surprise :-)

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  42. Great news. I hope The Duchess can bring awareness to HG. I had it with my one and only child. Bed rest for 16 weeks, 8 weeks with a needle of Zofran in my body and little support from other teachers with whom I worked alongside. Connie in the USA

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    1. My sister had it as well. So sick and a PICC line for weeks and weeks. Lost 20 pounds and weak to the point that I had to help her bathe. It's not good at all. Poor Kate.

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  43. Wow! Wasn't expecting to wake up to that bit of news. Wonder if it was as much of a surprise to them as all of us. I wouldn't think the Malta trip would have been scheduled if plans for a new baby had been a possibility. Anyway, great news and the birth of this new prince or princess will be something to look forward to. I think it will be another boy.

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  44. I knew it! I am so happy for them both!!! Congratulations Prince William and Princess Catherine!!! God bless you both and your little one!

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  45. I pray she feels better soon and that her HG passes quickly! God bless her

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    1. Don't worry if it is anything like last time, she will recover quickly and we will have tweets and sightings of her shopping, going to Starbucks and holidaying in no time :)
      At least, I hope it is short-lasting like last time. Nice that she doesn't have to be in hospital this time around!

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    2. I can't wait for those tweets! I hope Catherine recovers soon.

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    3. I hope so too :-) I was just reading an article that ITV put out about HG potentially
      Being worse and starting earlier in a second pregnancy - I think the lady was from a charity supporting Pregnancy Sickness Support. Poor Kate, it must be awful. Simone

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  46. Marion from Germany8 September 2014 at 17:13

    My husband told me about the great news when I came home from work - and he was so happy to know it sooner than I did. :-)
    Nevertheless I had to get more information on Charlotte's blog and somehow "share" this news with all the Kate-fans here. I am very happy for Kate and William and hope that she gets better soon. A friend of mine suffered from this terrible sickness in both her pregnancies from the beginning until the very end. She explained that she still felt sick when she went to hospital to give birth. So I am very sorry for Kate, but I hope that she has enough energy and experience to be happy and then later on enjoy her pregnancy.

    I am sure that Kate will not be able to go to Malta, but that does not count. You cannot plan everything in your life and wanting a baby does not mean you will get pregnant the next month, that is why I guess that Kate and William were surprised themselves. And what a nice surprise that is!

    I am looking forward to the coming months, with Charlotte’s wonderful posts and many discussions with all of you here.

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  47. Wonderful news but such a shame she has to go through the HG again. I didn't have morning sickness that badly with my two boys but enough to be sympathetic to those who do have a very rough time of it. I hope it doesn't last too long.

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  48. Theresa, from Paris8 September 2014 at 17:58

    Wonderful !!! I do hope the Duchess feels better soon and can enjoy her pregnancy.

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  49. I am so excited!!! I hope it is a little girl ;)

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  50. While I am elated by the news, I can't help but think that the critics of the Duchess are having a field day. One in particular, Hilary Mantel. Granted the fact that they(Duke& Duchess) dated for almost ten years and were engaged, Prince George hasn't grown enough to know what being a big brother is exactly. However, the children will have about the same age gap as Prince William and Prince Harry. My worry is that those who say she is a baby machine, or groomed to breed are going to cause unwanted stress. Those of us who have been pregnant know how emotional one can be over the smallest of incidents. It's sad that a woman cannot choose between career duties and motherly duties,. That criticism is abound for women no matter the choices we make, which is unfortunate. I believe that Kate takes the role as wife and mother as her most precious. This( I believe) is her occupation. Being a senior royal is second. And..that is PERFECTLY fine!!! I just don't want to the criticism that I'm sure will follow after today's wonderful news.

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    1. What has Hilary Mantel said about this pregnancy? Nothing as far as I know.

      No one has criticized her for being pregnant. We all know she has the heir and spare to produce.

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    2. The only criticism of her for being pregnant that I have seen, is on this site.

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  51. Amazing news! A little brother or sister for Prince George! I'm really excited! Hopefully she will recover soon enough to go to Malta. Congrats to the couple!
    At the moment, I think she will have another boy, but that there will be a girl within 2 years after this baby. I think we will see Catherine pregnant again after this pregnancy.

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  52. Oooh!! I am SO SO excited!! My sister told me the news and I didn't want to believe it - I am so happy for Will and Kate and little George. I just hate Kate has to go through HG again, though I hear if you go experience it during your first pregnancy , you're most likely to go through it again on the rest of the pregnancies you have. I just hope she feels better... Poor Georgie is probably not used to seeing his Mom like that. Thanks for the great post!!

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  53. Yes, Charlotte, I think Kate will have a little prince or princess! ;-) I hope all goes well for her. Prince William's statement was played on tv, but the room was noisy and I couldn't understand what he said. Thanks so much for reporting his optimistic (but are they realistic?) words about Kate soon feeling better.

    My son was born the year between William and Harry's births. The same son will have a baby in the year between George and his sibling's births. Rare symmetry!

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  54. A Royal baby....such fabulous news! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess! Prince George will have a little playmate. :) According to the thought timeline, they will be about 20 months apart. So perfect! Praying for Kate as she suffers through the horrible sickness and praying it will ease as weeks go by. It's such a joyous time, but yet sad she has to feel so yucky. William looked so happy pictured above. What a great surprise! Praying also for a happy, healthy baby! What a lovely way to start the week off!

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  55. I too had HG and I just pray Kate's doesn't last the entire time. I literally was throwing up on the way to the hospital when it was delivery time.

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  56. Sometimes with second pregnancies the condition isn't as bad. So hope and pray for the best.

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  57. Let the bets begin! Haha :) I think it will be another boy. Too early to bet on a due date... but I am thinking April. It sounds like they just found out so I think she is maybe 5-6 weeks along.
    Congratulations to the couple :D

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  58. It's lovely news. I thought that they might have another baby on the way a little while after George's first birthday. I did wonder if she was expecting during her recent appearances at the Commonwealth Games/Tower of London appearance. Also, there were reports that William was 'very attentive' towards her during their recent meal out. The fact that George wasn't with them also perhaps suggested that news might be in the offing.....

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  59. Wow, I didn't expect a second pregnancy before winter, wonderful news! With the early announcement we will have to wait a really long time, though.

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  60. Lin from the Netherlands8 September 2014 at 19:57

    Exciting news!!! Happy for them and hopefully Kate will feel a bit better soon.

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  61. Rose from Montreal, Canada8 September 2014 at 20:00

    Thanks Charlotte for the great job that you are doing. I heard this breaking news on the radio early this morning and let out a great big cheer in my car. I was beyond excited. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. May they both be blessed with a healthy boy or girl. As long as the baby is healthy that is enough for me.

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  62. What wonderful news! Such a shame that she's suffering from the HG again- I cannot imagine how terrible it must be. I had quite awful morning sickness myself and was quite miserable during the early stages of both of my pregnancies so I am incredibly sympathetic! Lucky for her that she has the help and support to take care of both she and George during this time. Hopefully she will be feeling well soon!
    Cate

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  63. Wow that was great news to recieve this morning!! Awesome. Congratulations to William and Catherine and of course George.
    Im in the last week or so of my pregnancy so it is lovely to be pregnant at the same time - if only for a matter of days!! :)

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      How exciting! Congratulations!

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  64. Congratulations to the princess... looks like she and I will be 'birth buddies!' And I suffer from HG as well, and had to just announce my 8 week pregnancy due to having lost 10 visible pounds and being unable to fulfill my church duties. I hope she feels well soon, but am grateful for the attention she brings to such a debilitating condition. HG is not simply morning sickness. I'll be following her progress with mine, and wish her a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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      Congratulations on your pregnancy and hope you feel better soon, Anon!

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  65. I am so very happy for them to be expecting their second child but sorry that she has to experience this terrible sickness again. I hope it will not be as bad as the first time. What a lovely springtime gift a new baby will be! Congratulations to William and Catherine. My answer to 'Will it be a boy or a girl' is 'Yes.' I don't care which!

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  66. I am OVER THE MOON excited!!! Congratulations William and Catherine! I feel badly for her that she has to be so sick in the beginning, but hopefully it won't last too long.

    I so hope and pray it's a girl this time. I would LOVE to see how Catherine dresses a baby girl. Girls are so much more fun to dress than boys, although they have done a good job of finding cute outfits for HRH George.

    So, here's to the Royal couple and praying HRH Catherine will feel better very soon

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  67. Jumpy claps for the Duke and Duchess. Such exciting news for them! I am sorry that the Duchess is not feeling well and I hope this passes very soon. A sibling for little Prince George is great and I hope he gets a sister.

    Charlotte, thanks for the informative post-- yours' was the first with comprehensive news I was able to find. Good job as usual.

    Once again, Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess and I pray the Duchess will be over her illness soon.

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  68. Wonderful news! So happy for them and little George will have a sibling! I feel so badly that she must suffer with HG again - but happy news overall. Of course a little princess would be fun just to mix things up a bit. I always think the middle names for a daughter of theirs should be Elizabeth and Spencer. That way Diana's legacy is maintained, but without the burden of being compared as a little "Diana". I've voting for Charlotte or Mary for a first name! (aren't I ridiculous - it's months away!)

    Wishing the Duchess good health.

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  69. Klara from Croatia8 September 2014 at 22:10

    Aaaaaaaa, I am sooo happy and excited!!!! :) Congratulations Will and Kate!!!!

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  70. Yes, i am very happy.

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  71. How exciting! Hope her pregnancy goes well; it would be devastating to have to disclose it so early if something were to go wrong later. It isn't any of my business, but I wonder if it WAS planned? Maybe it just happened? I didn't realize that HG would likely recur in subsequent pregnancies. What an awful thing to have to deal with. I predict it will be a girl!

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  72. I read this on the Variety.com website and immediately came over here. Does anyone remember before she got pregnant with George that some people were saying she could not get pregnant(mostly nasty posters on that Daily Mail, which I HATE by the way). I bet those nasty people are stewing in their own juices now because Kate is very fertile! Congrats Will and Kate. WooHoo, George is going to be a Big Brother! Hope it is another boy so they can be like Will and Harry.

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  73. Best news ever, congratulations to the Cambridge's. Thanks charlotte.

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  74. I know it sounds babyish (!) to say this, but when I saw the photos on this blog of Kate at the Commonwealth Games, I had an inkling that she might be expecting. There was something about the way that William was very attentive of Kate, and they were quite tactile with each other, it seemed that she was seeking reassurance from him. (she may have felt slightly unwell or 'different' then) She looked a little different, too.

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  75. It is wonderful news to cheer a rainy Autumn day. I hope the baby is healthy and charming, just like George.

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  76. This is great news I had woken upto 20 hours ago! Charlotte, I know you will provide excellent coverage of her pregnancy,, and I cannot wait to see her for the Invictus event!On another note, I hope she recovers soon from HG!Thank You Charlotte!xoxo

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  77. Considering that last week she was reported to have had a glass of white wine, I think they have found it out just this week! :)

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    1. Or maybe we can't believe everything written in the newspapers or in twitter? :-)
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    2. I doubt a few sips of wine here and there would have any effect whatsoever. People could safely relax and not go to crazy about it.

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    3. Anon 00:57, I thought of that too when I heard the news. Yes, I suspect they did just find out and it was only announced because of the inevitable cancellations on Kate's part, starting with yesterday.

      And I don't know about you ladies, but my vote is on a quiet Bucklebury Christmas. This puts less pressure on Kate...............and Camilla won't have to wear as large a hat......... ;)

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    4. That would be lovely for them Royalfan .... I think there's so much formality involved in a Sandringham Christmas. But oh dear I would miss the hat fest ;-)
      Simone

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    5. I expect the sips of a white wine spritzer were taken to avoid reporting of a suspicious glass of water!

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    6. Bucklebury Christmas sounds like my kind of Christmas Royalfan and Simone.
      We should all go.
      I'll bring the pudding. They make a nice one with Guinness in it in a deli near where I live.
      Vitamin B.
      Good for everybody!

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    7. I'll do the mince pies! Florence and Royal Fan.
      Then we can quizz Kate over lunch on exactly when she stopped using contraceptives and whether they took onto account the Scottish referendum, the general election, the Malta trip and report back to the DK blog? What say you?? Maybe the Super Moon had an effect? Honestly! There are days when I am left almost speechless ....
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    8. Sounds good, ladies. It's a date....I'll bring an extra bottle of eggnog. ;))

      Simone, earlier, I was speechless too and that doesn't happen very often! Lol.

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    9. But was Her Majesty informed of their intention to add the much needed Spare to the Heir? Simone, it must be added to the Mix.

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      Yes William dear?
      Granny would it be acceptable if I were to woo Catherine this weekend?
      Well dear one does have to consider the Scottish thing and the General Election but then there is the small matter of one needing a spare for succession well as I love you so much go on then and have fun :-)
      Thank you Granny!

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    11. HAHAHAH, Simoooone!!! ;P You're killing me!!! :P

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  78. Hi all,

    I have been keeping up with this blog for a long time and finally decided to comment as everyone seems friendly and there is much lively debate

    I think it's wonderful that George will be a big brother. I am hoping for a girl, but we'll have to wait and see. At this point the most important thing is the return to good health of HRH.

    Thanks, Charlotte for your quick and informative additions. When I saw the news on Yahoo, I came right to this blog and you didn't disappoint.

    I think Wills looked very cute with the flowers and the toy swan. He and Kate seem to be wonderful with kids.

    Later!

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  79. What a happy news form the duke and duchess cambridge so thrilled maybe they are not expecting this to happen yes i hope everything will be good for her and upcoming baby maybe the duchess will not be able to malta oe solo overeases tour that what thinking congrats charlotte everybody broke the news in twitter but our blog will have full detailed of context

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  80. Hi Michelle, so glad you decided to jump into the comment section. I enjoy the perspectives here, too.

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  81. What wonderful and surprising news! I had hoped Kate might not have to suffer again with HG in her next pregnancy, but perhaps this installment will last a shorter time and can be treated at home?

    It must be nerve wracking to be compelled to announce your pregnancy earlier than you would have liked for any reason, but this one, especially.

    A close friend of mine suffered the debilitating nausea and seemingly uncontrollable vomiting of her HG diagnosis throughout the first 30 weeks of each of her two pregnancies. She fought every day to bring her two daughters into the world.

    We women are pretty brave in general when it comes to the business of carrying and delivering our babies. But this HG business earns those who persevere an even sweeter perspective on motherhood, I believe.

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  82. I am so thrilled with this news! I can't wait for all the baby related stories and clothes!!!

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  83. Even if Kate were well enough to make the Malta trip, her doctors would not want her to fly in early pregnancy. I'm pretty sure we will see someone else represent the Queen in Malta. Maybe Princess Anne or Sophie Wessex or the Duchess of Gloucester. Or even William if he can get away, depending on his training schedule. It will be interesting to see how the Malta re-assignment is handled.

    I also wonder whether Kate will be well enough to attend the Invictus events. And there's Prince Harry's birthday party. It's too bad all the events scheduled for September are up in the air, and once William's training starts he will be away from Kate a lot. But it's for the best and happiest of reasons, and I think they are wise to have their young family now.

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    1. Not sure why you think she can not travel. I do not believe there is any reason reason due to being pregnant that a woman can not travel. (Unless she is so high risk that she needs to be bedridden and under hospital care so as to not lose the child) If Catherine does not travel then it is due to being so sick from her HG. The last few weeks before the due date one might be advised to not travel due to the chance you might go into labor in maybe not the best location, i.e. on a plane ;). Ali

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    2. I agree with anon. Except that many flight companies doesn't allow women 7 months pregnant or more to fly because of the added risk of her going into labor. But I don't know of any recommendations that discourages pregnant women from flying. But if she doesn't fly it is because she is feeling to bad, not for any other reason.

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  84. Fantastic news! I'm so happy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and little Prince George! I only wish Princess Diana could be here to see her precious grandchildren grow up and be a part of their lives.
    Hopefully the Duchess will be feeling better soon. I've seen patients treated for severe HG. They require a continual IV access for regular injections of an antiemetic, sometimes for several months. Even with excellent treatment it is a day to day struggle. I would think that would make travel out of the question for some time. My heart goes out to her that she must endure suffering during this happy time.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog updates! I'm in the U.S. but have followed the royal family since I was married during the same time frame as Prince Charles and Princess Diana. I still feel sad every year around the anniversary of Diana's death. Such a tragic loss! It makes me happy to see the love that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge so openly share. I like to believe that Princess Diana is looking down on them and smiling.

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  85. Wonderful news! So happy for them. Such a pity she must go through the Hyperemesis Gravidarum again. I am very excited looking forward to the birth of another little one. :)
    Jenny, Australia

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  86. Congrats to the couple and George! Very, very happy for them. But I would like to point out to all of the people saying that this was obviously why they took August off and they don't deserve flak, that their appearances get planned months in advance. It was also announced fairly early on, way before she could have possibly known that she was pregnant or have even been pregnant, that they would be taking August off. And it wouldn't have made sense for them to take August off for pregnancy purposes but then plan a solo international trip for September. I think the August vacation was just meant to be yet some more time off for them, and not for pregnancy purposes. I also think, and I know I'll get blasted for this, that if this was a planned pregnancy, the planning was a bit inconsiderate on their part. Obviously they should have children when they want to. But to commit Kate to a solo international trip when they knew that there was a high likelihood she couldn't make it (even if no HG this time around, just traveling that far during pregnancy probably wouldn't have been allowed) would be a little rude, given the amount of preparation the host country would be undergoing for her visit. If it's unplanned, obviously not their fault. But for planning purposes, how hard would it have been to continue whatever contraception they were using until after, or close to, her Malta trip? Obviously at some point they need to say screw engagements, we are having a child because we want to. But an international trip is a completely different thing from, say, a visit to one of her charities.

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    1. I mean no offence but I seriously doubt that any member of the royal family would say or think "screw engagements".
      A young princess is pregnant with her second child.
      I believe that is cause for celebration and joy.

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    2. Lin from the Netherlands9 September 2014 at 18:44

      I agree with you that it is somewhat unlikely that they took off August for pregnancy purposes, unless perhaps they did plan it and Kate expected no issues with her sickness late September. On the other hand, I find it more likely that Kate and William only found out a few weeks ago themselves, way later than the planned trip was known to them. So it doesn't seem like they planned this pregnancy to nessecarily coincide with this trip - if they didn't think she would be available they would not have planned for her to go. I dont think it is fair saying that it is inconsiderate she is pregnant at the same time as the trip. Obviously something like this has way more priority to anything else.

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    3. Okay I will blast: Said it yesterday and I will say it again: Not all couples can plan exactly when they want to become pregnant. I find it very distasteful, all this intimate discussion about Kate's contraception. Just because you discontinue birth control, doesn't mean you will be pregnant within 2 months. It took me 2 years of ever increasing fertility treatments to conceive my first child. Then five years later my second one arrived on her own with no treatments, after 5 years wondering if I would ever be given the gift of another child. That has made me very sensitive on the subject of pinpointed planned pregnancies.

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    4. It is a cause for celebration and joy but that Malta trip is a big deal. It was a huge honor for DoC to go representing the queen for such an important celebration.

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    5. No one gets pregnant on demand. It happens when it happens. It doesn't make sense for Kate to put her schedule on hold because she is trying to conceive. Who knows how long they tried the first time.

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    6. I find most of your comments here very disrepectful told W&K. It is not of our business what goes on in their bedroom. Why can't you just be happy for them and pray that Catherine get's well soon.

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    7. I agree, this discussion of when birth.control was.stopped is distasteful. The personal nature of creating a new life is private. All that needs to be said is congratulations. Ruth from Brooklyn.

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    8. Barbara & Maggie! I'm with you guys. It seems that they have quite easy to conceive. But no one can know that beforehand. And even if they had an easy time with George, nothing promises an easy time with the 2nd one. I think it would be stupid of them to put all engagements on hold on while trying. What if it had taken 3 years?!

      Barbara, I'm sorry you had to go through that. And very happy that you got blessed with 2 ones after all!!

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    9. anon from Leominster10 September 2014 at 12:15

      It all reminds me of reading about one of the Kennedy wives, Edward Kennedy's wife I think, who was quite ill during her pregnancy and cancelled some engagement, So her sister-in-law, went instead.

      The sister-in-law apologised for the other not being able to attend and said "She's sorry, she can't come, she's pregnant!" The audience burst out laughing because the sister-in-law who was speaking was about to have a baby in a few weeks time and looked ready to pop!

      I can't imagine they would have publised Malta if it was known that Kate was pregnant, given that women who have such difficulties often do the second time as well. I would think they would have held off the announcment, so suspect Kate just found out quite recently.

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    10. Haha, god. What a sight :P That really shows how different it can be between two peoples pregnancies.

      I'm with you there. Maybe it was their first month trying so they didn't expect it to take that fast, maybe they have tried for 6 months, maybe not at all... But I really doubt they would announce the Malta trip while knowing she was pregnant.

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  87. Hearty congratulations to William and Kate, and may the HG be short-lived. According to British betting operations, most people think Kate will have another boy. I would love a little princess, but who knows?

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  88. Assuming Kate stopped taking oral contraceptives just after she left Australia on April 25, and used other contraception for three months as is often recommended, she may have been trying for a pregnancy since around the time of Prince George's first birthday on July 22. If she became pregnant then, she is about six weeks along, the same as when her pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum were announced the first time around. Kate evidently felt well enough for occasional shopping and a visit Norfolk until, according to Prince William, the "tricky" days of the past week or so. If the Palace follows the pattern of the Prince George pregnancy, we could expect an announcement of Kate's due date in late October, a due date that could fall very near the Queen's 89th birthday on April 21. But Prince George was a week or so late, so a baby could be born in early May.

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  89. Congratulations !!
    I hope the Duchess feels better soon.

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  90. What fantastic news from London! It's so esciting! I'm looking forward to this pregnancy and to following it here on your great blog! Let's hope Kate will feel much better soon and it won't be her last pregnancy! :)

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  91. How exciting! And justification for all the supermarket mag covers who have been reporting the Duchess' pregnancy since a week after Prince George's birth! They figured if they kept reporting it, eventually they'd hit it. If I were in England and visited the legal bookmaker now and again, I'd bet on girl named Elizabeth Diana Caroline.

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  92. Kim from washington9 September 2014 at 22:37

    This is lovely news. Blessings all around. Bluhare, I haven't seen your response to the news. I have always appreciated your point of view....what do you say? Cheers.

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    1. I think it's lovely news as well, Kim. Thank you for asking! :)

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  93. I love The Daily Mash, it never fails to raise my spirits. They've got an interesting idea on how Kate might still make the Malta trip; http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/celebrity/kate-to-continue-public-engagements-while-vomiting-2014090990373

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  94. Such wonderful news! I am sure they are very excited to welcome this new little life and give Prince George a playmate and best friend.

    Hopefully the Duchess is resting as comfortably as possible with H.G., and at least this time she is at home which always helps recovery - home, in your own bed, is the best place to rest.

    I think Prince George will be a wonderful big brother. I do hope that this new little one's name will in some way honor Princess Diana, as I'm sure she would have adored having grandchildren. Diana or Spencer included in the many names would be a perfect tribute. Though I know tradition will most likely win out, a girl can dream!

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  95. All this speculation about the pregnancy planning, it may have been unexpected even with BC, it does happen, or they may have been trying from 6 months on. This talk is silly, just celebrate that a new life is on its way and hope for a healthy happy pregnancy for Catherine and a healthy baby.
    ALi

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  96. Congrats William & Kate!! No matter boy or girl but i really think it will be a boy again.

    Love,
    .faw from KL, Malaysia

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  97. so happy for this beautiful family. i think due date will be between 3 april 2015 and 25 april 2015. and a little prince is coming :) wish lots of health and luck to all of them.

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  98. i guess they learned the baby end of the august. and they did the dinner date to plan and celebrate this situation 30th of august.

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