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Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge, Is Pregnant

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Here's the news you've been waiting for, royal watchers:

"The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby, St James's Palace has announced." (BBC News)

That would be Catherine, wife of Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge). They, of course, are the potential future king and queen.

The BBC adds that:

"A spokesman said the duchess has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in central London with very acute morning sickness and is expected to stay for several days."

There's no word just yet on when the baby is due. We expect London bookmakers will soon be taking bets on whether it's a boy or a girl, the name and the date of birth.

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. The Line Of Succession:

A baby ā€” boy or girl ā€” would be No. 3 in the line of succession. That's currently Prince Harry's spot.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. The Official Word.

From the royal Facebook page:

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.

"The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.

"Further information:

"Hyperemesis Gravidarum is very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients."

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