Royally Good News: Kate Middleton is Pregnant!

After months of speculation and rumors, it’s official: a royal baby is on the way! Kate Middleton is pregnant!

Buckingham Palace confirmed the good news Monday morning in a statement: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” read the statement. “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

The palace also confirmed that the duchess was currently hospitalized at King Edward VII Hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness that requires IV hydration and nutritional supplements. Prince William is, of course, by her side and the palace expects her to be released within the week.

Speculation has gripped royal watchers since the Duke and Duchess wed in April 2011 to hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide. Tabloids have featured stories almost every week about the Duchess’ possible impeding motherhood. Her stomach has been the subject of many close-ups with photographers looking for any sign of a baby bump. When the couple adopted their cocker spaniel Lupo in February 2012, the press stated the couple was probably practicing for a family. The scrutiny was never-ending, and even seemed to take a toll on the Duchess.

Now that they are officially in the family way, the couple are preparing by moving to a massive apartment at Kensington Palace. The apartment reportedly has 20 rooms – plenty of space for a baby to run and play around!

The child will be the Queen’s third great-grandchild, and thanks to change in the rules of succession last year, will be the heir to the throne regardless of gender.

Congratulations from Nicerazzi to the lucky parents-to-be! Now, let the baby name guessing game begin!

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