Kate Middleton is pregnant

UPDATED: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. Now with slideshow

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It’s been a wild year for the Royal couple: After surviving two separate scandals and a tour of Southeast Asia, St. James’ Palace today announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton are, indeed, expecting their first child. The AP reports that Middleton’s pregnancy is in its “very early stages,” and that the 30-year-old is currently being hospitalized for severe morning sickness.

The baby will be Queen Elizabeth II’s third great-grandchild and, behind William, next in line to the throne.

Get ready for the media speculation on baby names, gender and first outfit. Expect many, many, many none (OK, maybe some) of those updates here.



Because her pregnancy is so early on, Middleton has little to no bump to show off for the paparazzi.  In that way, it’s a lot like the earlier phases of her time in public life. Here’s a slideshow of Middleton not showing:

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    The look of a woman who knows that she might be pregnant soon. Or maybe just the look of someone attending the premier of "War Horse." Hard to say.

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    This picture was taken the night before the royal wedding. Kate Middleton's future child couldn't have been far from her mind.

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    A nice picture of Prince William and the Duchess and the Duchess's flat stomach

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    Kate Middleton smiling, despite the rain, in April. Was she dreaming about having a baby. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

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    Kate Middleton accepting flowers from a child. Foreshadowing, clearly.

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    Kate Middleton at a function where guests may have been discussing rumors about her pregnancy.

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    Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Flowers are sometimes associated with fertility.

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