This is a big day! As you will have heard by now, William and Kate announced that they are expecting a baby today. This announcement was made earlier than originally planned due to Kate becoming ill with hyperemesis gravidarun while staying at the Middleton home in Bucklebury.
The decision was made to make the announcement early in case the story was leaked. The Queen and various family members and officials received word only shortly before the public announcement. The staff at St James Palace have been busy handling the press interest all day and the official website of the Duke and Duchess has crashed. Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall in that office right now?
We have a host of plans of posts to come over the next few weeks and months (Names! Titles! Godparents!) but for now, here are a few quick facts:
This baby will be:
- The Queen’s third great-grandchild (after Peter and Autumn Phillips’ two kids Savannah and Isla)
- Third in line to the throne
- Charles first grandchild
- Carole and Michael Middleton’s first grandchild
- Heir to the Duchy of Cornwall, regardless of gender, when William inherits the Throne
- Titled as Lord or Lady upon birth, not as Prince or Princess, if the Queen is still on the Throne. Yes, you read that right! More information to come on the titles of this royal heir in a future post!
I think we’ll take it one step at a time. We’ll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids. But obviously we want a family so we’ll have to start thinking about that.
William has been photographed a few times holding babies, causing much ado in the press. Here he is in 2006 at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London (where William was also born):
And here is as godfather he at the London christening of Prince Konstantine Alexios in 1999. Prince Konstantine is the son of Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece (read more about Marie Chantal and her sisters here). William’s arm is in a sling after breaking his finger playing rugby at Eton.