Kate Middleton pregnant: Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William expecting third child

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a third child, Kensington Palace announced today.

The Queen is said to be “delighted” by the news of the impending arrival of her latest great-grandchild, who will be fifth in line to the throne. 

The Palace confirmed that Kate is once again suffering the extreme form of morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum, that she endured during her first two pregnancies.

A statement from the Palace said: “Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.

“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

“As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

“Her royal highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.

“The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.”

The baby will be a sibling to Prince George, born in in 2013 and his sister Princess Charlotte, who was born in 2015.

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The new baby will have an HRH title and will be known as a Prince or Princess of Cambridge. Kate is expected to return to the private delivery suite at the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where George and Charlotte were both born.

Today’s announcement comes during the final preparations for four year old George’s first day at school in Battersea on Thursday when Kate was expected to attend.

Four-year-old Prince George was born in 2013. (Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess chose an independent school in Thomas’s Battersea where fees cost from £17,604 a year.

It also comes immediately after the emotion of the 20th anniversary of the death of Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana.

The Duchess, 35, dropped a major hint that the couple were planning a third child during a visit to Poland in July.

After being handed a present of a cuddly toy designed to soothe tiny infants she turned to William and said: “We will just have to have more babies.”

Princess Charlotte, two, was born in 2015. (Getty Images)

By contrast William – who is one of two siblings – was asked on an overseas tour to Singapore in 2012 how many children he would like to have. He replied he was “thinking about having two”.

Some royal watchers predicted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would go on to have three children, although others said that her hyperemisis – a gruelling and distressing condition – might stop her having another baby after Charlotte.

Kate is one of three and enjoyed happy upbringing with her sister, Pippa Matthews, and brother, James Middleton.

By having more than two offspring, William and Kate are following in the footsteps of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who went on to have four children – although there was a gap of 10 years between their second child, Anne, and third, Andrew.

Betting on a third child for William and Kate began to take off in the run-up to Charlotte’s christening when the princess was only nine weeks old.

Today William Hill were offering odds of 10/11 for a boy and the same price for a girl, while it is 33/1 that they welcome twins this time around.

Prince William, Kate and their two children George and Charlotte. (Getty Images)

Spokesman Joe Crilly said: “Last time around, twins was very heavily backed from 33/1 in to 10/1 and it would be no surprise to see the  same thing happen this time.

“Royal baby betting is big business and when Prince George was born, we took over £1m. Turnover looks set to spike again.”

The bookies make Alice the 8/1 favourite to be the name of the third child with Elizabeth and James both 10/1. Donald is 50/1.

On Tuesday, Kate was due to join her husband and Prince Harry to visit the newly-established Royal Foundation Support4Grenfell Community Hub, which provides mental health resources for the children, young people and families affected by the Grenfell fire.

William, who quit his job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in July to become a full-time royal, is also due to attend the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford on Tuesday.

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The couple’s third child will be born fifth in line to the throne, bumping uncle Harry out of the top five and into sixth place.

The Prince of Wales is first in line, followed by William and Princess Charlotte.

It is rare for a third-born royal child to end up as monarch and there has been no instance so far in the House of Windsor.

But William IV, a Hanoverian king who ruled from 1830 to 1837, was a third child – of George III and Queen Charlotte.

He acceded to the throne when his older brother, George IV, died without an heir. William IV became heir apparent at the age of 62 when his other older brother, George III’s second child, Frederick, Duke of York, died.

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Kate, one of three children, always said she wanted a large family.

But the fact that she suffers from severe morning sickness meant some believed the couple would stop at two children.

With Kate’s previous two pregnancies, the couple announced them before 12-weeks because of the duchess being unwell with hyperemesis gravidarum.

She is being cared for at Kensington Palace, the statement said.

The announcement was made after the couple were forced to abandon a visit to the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in Islington.

A spokeswoman from Family Action, which runs the nursery, said the team were “absolutely thrilled” at the news.

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