Third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child. Kensington Palace made the announcement on 4 September 2017 and the baby is thought to be due in March or April 2018.

Announcement[edit]

On 4 September 2017, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child. The announcement was made earlier than might have been expected because, as with her two earlier pregnancies, the Duchess was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness), forcing her to cancel several engagements.[1][2][3][4][5]

Due date[edit]

Shortly after the announcement was made, media sources speculated that the baby will be due no sooner than March 2018,[2] during his visit to the Spitalfields Crypt Trust on 20 September 2017, Prince William is reported to have given a hint that the baby may be due sooner when he remarked to a midwife: "All the best with the midwifery, I may see you sooner than you think."[6]

Birth location[edit]

Early media speculations were that the baby will be born at St Mary's Hospital, London, were the couple's other two children were born,[2][3] on 10 September 2017, it was reported that the Duchess is considering having her third baby at home. Her first two births having been trouble-free, it is thought she and the Duke favour a home birth to avoid the incessant press presence that would accompany a hospital birth.[7]

Impact[edit]

During an appearance at the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford on 5 September 2017, the Duke of Cambridge described how the early days of the pregnancy had caused them a lot of anxiety because of the ill effects the Duchess was suffering, he also said that they were not getting much sleep at Kensington Palace.[8]

On 7 September 2017, Prince George, the couple's oldest child, started school, because of severe morning sickness the Duchess was unable to accompany George, who arrived at school holding just his father's hand.[9]

Reactions[edit]

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said the announcement of the pregnancy was "fantastic news", while the unborn child's great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II also issued a statement of congratulations.[10]

Prince Harry when asked how he felt about becoming an uncle again, is reported to have given a thumbs-up and as saying: "Fantastic, great, very very happy."[11]

Following the announcement, #RoyalBaby, #Kate Middleton, #Prince William, #William and Kate, and #Kensington Palace all trended worldwide on social media.[12]

On the day of the announcement, bookmakers started taking bets on the baby's name. Alice and Victoria emerged as favourites.[13]

During a visit to the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, the Duke was given gifts of wooden owls for his children, including one for the, as yet, unborn child.[14]

Background[edit]

The expected child will be fifth in the line of succession to the British throne, after his or her paternal grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William, and elder siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte.[15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Davies, Caroline. "Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with third child". theguardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Dearden, Lizzie; Oppenheim, Maya. "Kate pregnant: Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child, palace announces". Independent. Independent Digital News and Media. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Said-Moorhouse, Lauren. "Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with third child". CNN. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Robinson, Belinda (21 September 2017). "Kate’s royal baby due date may be EARLIER than thought after Prince William gives big hint". Express. Express Newspapers. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Leclere, Matt (10 September 2017). "Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton 'wants home birth' for third child". MSN. Microsoft. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Low, Valentine (5 September 2017). "Kate’s pregnancy has been an anxious time, admits William". The Times. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Furness, Hannah (7 September 2017). "Prince George arrives for first day at school - but Duchess of Cambridge too unwell to take him". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "Prince William and Kate expecting 3rd child". CBC News. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Low, Valentine (5 September 2017). "Baby news is fantastic, says Harry". The Times. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  12. ^ Gillett, Francesca (4 September 2017). "Royal baby name: Odds on for Alice, Victoria or Arthur as bookies' favourites for Kate and William's third child". standard.co.uk. Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (19 September 2017). "Prince William jokes about Royal baby during visit to ex-drug addicts at London charity". standard.co.uk. Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "The line of Succession: How the Duchess of Cambridge's third baby changes the royal family tree". The Telegraph. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  15. ^ Chan, Sewell (4 September 2017). "Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Expecting Third Child". New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2017.