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Kate Middleton pregnant, palace announces

  • Kate Middleton is pregnant with her first child, St James's Palace announced on Monday.

    In a statement, the palace said: "Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.

    A spokesman added that Kate, who is believed to be less than 12 weeks pregnant, has been admitted to a London hospital with acute morning sickness.

    It has been reported that the duchess was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

    The baby, the couple's first, will be third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.

    Kate and William, who are both 30, were married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

    Marriages and births are vital to the survival of the monarchy.

    When the baby is born, Prince Harry's importance diminishes and he will lose his position as third-in-line to the throne.

    Even if the baby is a girl, the government has insisted she will be head of state of Britain and the 15 other countries where the Queen still reigns.

    The law will be changed to ensure a younger brother will not overtake her.