Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, that is Kate Middleton to most people, is expecting. After months of tabloid speculation, St. James’s Palace has announced that the Duchess is a little less than twelve weeks pregnant and that she is currently in hospital due to acute morning sickness.
The baby will be the first child for Prince William and Princess Catherine Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and will be the monarch of Great Britain irrespective of sex thanks to recent changes in the succession laws. The child will be the first grandchild for Prince of Wales Charles, but will not be the first great-grandchild for Elizabeth II.
“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.”
“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.”
The announcement of the pregnancy appears to have been prompted by Duchess Catherine’s medical condition and not due to a desire to share the information just yet.
The change in the succession laws has not been made just yet, but will be dated to the date when the leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations agreed to the change, which was earlier this year.
England, Scotland and Great Britain have had a long tradition of female monarchs, but since the imposition of Christianity, those female monarchs have succeeded to the throne only upon there being a total lack of male heirs.