The happy couple told the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh their news at the weekend
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Sophie and Edward, who were married in 1999, have been hoping to have a child for some time
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6 MAY 2003
Edward and Sophie Wessex have announced that they are expecting their first child in December. The couple, who suffered the trauma of an ectopic pregnancy in 2001, are said to be "thrilled" at the news.

"Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex are very pleased to announce that the Countess is expecting a baby," said a statement from Buckingham Palace. "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh and members of both families are delighted."

Sophie's spokesperson has also revealed that she a little tired but is "absolutely fine". The announcement comes 18 months after she was rushed to hospital with an ectopic pregnancy. The then 36-year-old had to be airlifted to hospital where she underwent a two-and-a-half hour operation to treat the potentially life-threatening condition, in which the foetus grows outside the womb.

Sophie has been advised by doctors to rest and she will not be undertaking any official engagements for the time being.



        
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