Congratulations seem to be in order! Seems like baby Prince George won’t be the only child for long, because British royal officials released a statement on Monday that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton respectively, are expecting their second child. William and Kate had always expressed that they wanted a bigger family.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news,” the statement said.
She was so ill the first time around, she required hospitalization but this time, she is being treated by doctors at their residence in Kensington Palace.
The new baby, boy or girl, will become fourth in line to the throne by pushing Prince Harry to fifth. Prince George is third, William is second, while Prince Charles is first in line.
Before George’s birth Britain had changed its laws. That way the couple’s first born would be in line for the throne, regardless of its sex. A girl, for instance, would lose her right to the throne if she got a brother later on, before the change.
The royal couple is delighted about the news, and so are their families. There have been some serious speculations for a month or so whether the Duchess of Cambridge was expecting another baby prince or princess.
Kate became in her first trimester, during her first pregnancy. As she hasn’t passed that stage yet with her second pregnancy, she needs to be very careful about the whole thing.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”
Royal officials said it wasn’t clear if the duchess will be able to carry out planned official engagements. She was supposed to have a trip to Malta on Sept. 20 and 21 that would mark her first overseas solo trip. She has already canceled her appearance at Oxford. Officials said that the decisions on events would be made on a “case-by-case” basis.