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Prince William and Kate Middleton expecting their third child

5 September 2017
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child together! A statement released by KensingtonPalace confirmed the happy news on Monday, September 4, writing: "The Duke and Duchess ofCambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge isexpecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families aredelighted with the news. As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess issuffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer carryout her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children's Centre in Londontoday. The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace."


Kensington Palace officially confirmed the news Photo: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal

William and Kate, both 35, are already the proud parents offour-year-old son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte, who turned two this past May. When Kate was pregnant with bothGeorge and Charlotte, she suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe pregnancycondition that causes vomiting, weight loss and dehydration. As a result, her pregnancywas announced earlier than the normal 12-week point because she had to skipsome official engagements. The same is true this time around, as Kate is saidto only be about 3-months pregnant at this point.



Kate Middleton was diagnosed with pregnancy condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum Photo: Getty Images

In typical royal family fashion, William and Kate are not yet revealingthe sex of their coming baby. They left the gender of their first two childrena surprise as well. Nevertheless, the couple's third child will have their namestyled as the “Prince or Princess of Cambridge,” just like siblings George andCharlotte. The birth will relegate Prince Harry – who had a scheduled Manchester visit on Monday – down to sixth in line to the throne.



The royal four will soon be a party of five Photo: Getty Images

The arrival of Will and Kate’s third child could be anextremely historic one. If the baby winds up a boy, he will not displacehis big sister Charlotte in the line of succession, thanks to a measure thatpassed just after William and Kate’s 2011 wedding. Up until this recent shift,a younger son would have usurped his older sister’s place in inheriting thethrone, but that rule is no longer in existence.

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