VPRO-E NEWS: Kate Middleton pregnant: Duchess of Cambridge expecting first child with Prince William


Kate Middleton sparked pregnancy rumors when she covered her midsection at a gala dinner in London on Nov. 8.

The future king of England and his beautiful bride are having an heir to the phone.

The royal palace announced Monday that Prince William’s wife, Kate, is preggers.

“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 palace said in a statement.

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The royals spilled the beans after lovely Kate was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that affects up to one in 50 women.

Kate will be hospitalized for several days “and will require a period of rest thereafter,” the statement from St. James’s Palace read.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William smile and wave to the crowd from the balcony of Cambridge Guildhall on Nov. 28.

The pregnancy is in its “very early stages,” the palace said.

William, 30, is second in line for the throne after his father, Prince Charles.

That means his spawn, be it a girl or a boy, would be third in line to become monarch, under the royal rules.

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The ancient rule of royal primogeniture was scrapped last year to allow girls to ascend to the throne ahead of any younger male heirs after the Brits reached an agreement with the reached an agreement between heads of the Commonwealth nations.

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Kate Middleton fueled baby rumors during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in July.

The baby would also be the first grandchild for Prince Charles and his first wife — the late Princess Diana — and the third great-grandchild of the ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

The intense speculation about when the duke and duchess of Cambridge might have a child began shortly after the young couple tied the knot on April 29, 2011, in a lavish Westminster Abbey wedding.

Every time the 30-year-old duchess appeared in public it seemed the nation’s eyes were on her belly.

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Kate Middleton chose water over wine while making a visit to Singapore during the Diamond Jubilee Tour.

The couple stoked speculation that Kate might be pregnant  on an official trip to Singapore in September when she and the Prince clinked glasses of ice water rather than champagne at a reception in honor of the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

Then last week, Prince William got the rumor mill going again when a well-wisher handed him a baby outfit with a picture of a helicopter and the words, “Daddy’s little co-pilot.”

“I’ll keep that,” the grinning prince said.

In recent days, the former Kate Middleton gave no sign of being with child as she kept up a busy schedule of royal appearances.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William wave to fans during a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace after their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.

In fact, Kate was just photographed bounding across a field — dressed in a green plaid dress and black high-heeled boots — playing field hockey with students at her former school.

British Prime Minister David Cameron Tweeted his congratulations.

“I’m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby,” he wrote. “They will make wonderful parents.”

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