The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced today that they are expecting their first child.

The couple was forced to make the announcement on their website after 30-year-old Kate Middleton was rushed to King Edward VII Hospital in London after falling ill.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the couple wrote on the site.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delight with the news.”

Kate Middleton fueled baby rumors during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in July.

The baby would also be the first grandchild for Prince Charles and his first wife — the late Princess Diana — and the third great-grandchild of the ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

The intense speculation about when the duke and duchess of Cambridge might have a child began shortly after the young couple tied the knot on April 29, 2011, in a lavish Westminster Abbey wedding.

Every time the 30-year-old duchess appeared in public it seemed the nation’s eyes were on her belly.


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