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Kate’s Due Date / Duties

The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in July and could resume her royal duties as early as next month after recovering from her pregnancy sickness, aides said Monday.

The Duchess, 31, had a 12-week scan earlier this month showing that her unborn baby is in good health, prompting St. James’s Palace to announce the expected birth month.

It means that the Duchess was only about six weeks pregnant when she and the Duke were forced to disclose that she was pregnant during her hospital stay at the start of December. She is now thought to be 13 to 14 weeks into her pregnancy.

The Duchess was suffering from a severe form of pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, but has made such a good recovery that she is expected to resume a near-normal official workload from next month.

One insider said: “Although the nature of the Duchess’s condition is that it can come back, she is much better and, health permitting, she will be back doing public engagements in the next couple of months.”

Although the Duchess made a brief appearance at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards before Christmas, she has not carried out a full day of engagements since her pregnancy was announced, and has stayed in the South East, close to her family, rather than spending time with the Duke at their remote farmhouse on Anglesey.

Bookmakers installed July 17, the Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday, as the favourite date for the baby to be born. But those who bet on twins have already lost their stake after the Palace confirmed that the Duchess was carrying only one baby.

A July birth is likely to provide a welcome boost to the economy, because it means that Britain’s favourite “brand” with foreigners, the Royal family, will feature prominently in news coverage as the tourist season gets into full swing.

Mark Di-Toro, of Visit Britain, said: “The challenge for 2013 is to maintain the momentum created last year by the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, and this will certainly help. The monarchy and Royal palaces are very much a part of the cultural heritage side of the tourism industry, which brings in pounds 4.5 billion every year and is the biggest sector within our tourist industry.

“So to have a royal baby arriving in the summer will be an opportunity to encourage people to visit places associated with the Duke and Duchess.”

Royal aides said the Duchess was expected to return to Anglesey in the next few weeks, but she is not expected to travel abroad either before or immediately after the birth.

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Kate’s Personal Information Given Out To Australian Radio Station

The British hospital treating the former Kate Middleton admitted Wednesday it was victimized by a prank call in which information on her condition was given out to a woman impersonating Queen Elizabeth II.

King Edward VII’s hospital in London acknowledged that an Australian radio station made a hoax call to the hospital in the early hours Tuesday — and the hospital fell for it.

The 30-year-old Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant and is being treated at the hospital for severe morning sickness.

A woman using the often-mimicked voice of the monarch asked after the duchess’ health — and was told that Kate “hasn’t had any retching with me and she’s been sleeping on and off.”
“She’s sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. She’s been given some fluids. She’s stable at the moment,” the kindly nurse informed the supposed queen and Prince Charles on the station’s recording. A dog yaps in the background while the “queen” and her son talk about traveling to the hospital to check in on the patient.

“I would suggest that any time after 9 o’clock will be suitable to visit,” the nurse said. “We’ll be getting her freshened up.”

The hospital says the call had been transferred to a ward and the conversation was held with one of its nursing staff. Its telephone protocols are being reviewed, the hospital said in a statement.

The Australian station 2DayFM has placed the recording of the conversation on its website.

The duchess is spending her third day in the hospital while being treated for acute morning sickness.

Prince William visited his wife at the hospital for several hours on Tuesday, while media from around the world camped outside, seeking news on the royal pregnancy. Officials from St. James’s Palace have said the duchess was not yet 12 weeks pregnant.


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Kate is OFFICIALLY Pregnant!

Kate Middleton is pregnant! No, seriously, for real this time.

While speculation of Prince William’s royal heir kicked into high gear last week, St. James’s Palace this morning confirmed the worst-kept secret in England, and announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first baby.

The signs were all there—check out the hints of Kate’s pregnancy!

“Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the palace said in a statement this morning.

No doubt intending to keep this highly public news as private as possible, there was no word on whether Kate and Wills are expecting a boy or girl, or a possible due date for the little royal, though as an announcement has been made, she’s clearly past her first trimester.

Kate Middleton revealed the hints of a baby bump last week—see the pic!

The palace did announce that Kate was “in the very early stages” of her pregnancy, however, and today was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London due to suffering hyperemesis gravidarum—in other words, acute morning sickness. She’s expected to remain in the hospital for just a few days and will rest at home after.

“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 said.

As is the world at large and those in favor of the continuation of the monarchy, we’re guessing. Congrats!

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(Photos) Kate Visits St Andrew’s School – (11/30)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a day of activities and festivities to mark the occasion of St Andrew’s Day at St Andrew’s School on November 30, 2012 in Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. During her visit, the Duchess visited the Pre-Prep School for under-5s, unveiled a plaque to officially open a new artificial turf playing field and met members of the school’s hockey team, which she played for during her time as a pupil at the school (1986-1995). The Duchess also toured the school privately and watched the school’s Progressive Games which are traditional games played indoors by teachers and students on St. Andrew’s Day.

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(Photos) Kate Visits Cambridge & Peterborough – (11/28)

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets around the Guildhall to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are spending the day celebrating the city’s famous university, and some of its charities, schools and hardworking volunteers.

The royal couple arrived by train and were slowly driven through the city so the crowds could catch a glimpse of them.

Cambridge has been awaiting the royal visit since the Queen bestowed the dukedom on her grandson just a few hours before he married the then Kate Middleton on April 29 last year.

Princess Catherine was sporting her new hairstyle – layered long dark locks with a parted fringe – first seen in London last night when she opened a new exhibition at the Natural History Museum.