The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that they are expecting their third child in April 2018.
The happy news was revealed in a post from the official @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account, in a statement reading ‘the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2018.
The palace confirmed the Duchess's third pregnancy on 4th September, after Kate's acute morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, meant the couple had to reveal the news earlier than anticipated. Her condition meant that she could no longer fulfil an engagement she had planned that day at Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London.
Speculation arose as to how far along into her pregnancy the Duchess was, considering the sudden nature of the announcement. Kensington Palace neglected to confirm her due date in the first official statement.
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Speaking at the National Mental Health and Policing conference in Oxford that month, Prince William dropped a subtle hint as to when the new addition to his family would be arriving. When an audience member congratulated him on the news, William reportedly responded by saying: ‘Thank you, it's very good news. There's not much sleep going on at the moment.' After speaking at the National '
He continued to say that: 'It was a bit anxious to start with' but that they can 'start celebrating this week' - something which might hint that Kate is approaching the 12-week mark. If this is the case, then the baby will be due in six months time, in mid-March 2018.
Bookies are already taking bets on what the name of the baby will be, with Alice, Victoria and Elizabeth being the most popular for a girl and Philip, James and Arthur for a boy.
The child will be fifth-in-line to the throne, following grandfather Prince Philip, father Prince William, elder brother Prince George and elder sister Princess Charlotte, who will not be passed over thanks to a change in the law of succession.