The royal baby: Prince William and Kate are expecting a newborn

Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Credit: Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Getty Images))

The royal family is about to get another member, as Prince William and wife Kate have announced that they're expecting a baby.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby," the prince's office said Monday , adding that Queen Elizabeth and the royal family were delighted.

William, Queen Elizabeth's 30-year-old grandson, is second in line to the British throne, and their first child will become the third in succession when he or she is born.

The couple, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, married in April last year amid a global media frenzy and there has been much speculation about a possible pregnancy.

"It's only been a matter of time. Everyone has been waiting for Kate to announce that she was pregnant," said Claudia Joseph, who has written a biography of the duchess.

A spokeswoman for the couple said 30-year-old Catherine, widely known as Kate, was in the King Edward VII Hospital in central London suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an acute morning sickness that causes severe nausea and vomiting and requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.

Professor Tim Draycott, a consultant obstetrician at the University of Bristol, said the condition was common in the early weeks of pregnancy but did not put the baby at any increased risk, although in extreme cases it can lead to the baby being born with a slightly low birth weight.

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