Royal baby news is the 'happiest thing'
THE Duke of Devonshire has congratulated the Duchess of Cambridge on the news of her pregnancy, saying it was the "happiest thing to happen to any young couple".
The Duke of Cambridge and his wife broke the news yesterday after months of speculation.
But the announcement also revealed the Duchess was being treated for acute morning sickness at a private London hospital.
The Duke was by her side after she was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital, where she is expected to remain for a few days.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and members of both families were delighted with the news of the Duchess's pregnancy, said a royal spokesman.
The Duke of Devonshire said: "They will be thrilled, I am sure. It is a happy line where the past meets the future, having celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee earlier this year.
"Having a child is the happiest thing which can happen to a young couple."
Willie Tucker, Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire – the Queen's representative in the county – was happy for the couple.
He said: "I am sure the news of the new royal baby will be welcomed by everyone in Derbyshire and we send the Duke and Duchess our congratulations and every good wish. Coming as it does just before Christmas, this news will help to cheer everyone up and, after a wonderful year of celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee, means we will end 2012 on a real high note."
It will be a first child for the Duke and Duchess, both 30, who married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
The royal spokesman would not say when the couple became aware of the pregnancy, only saying "recently", although it is understood it is less than 12 weeks. The announcement was prompted by the Duchess's medical condition.
The Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum – a rare type of morning sickness – which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.
The condition can be so severe that women cannot keep food or liquid down. It usually continues past the first three months of pregnancy and can pass by week 21, but may also last longer.
The spokesman said: "As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter."
The royal couple visited Burton in October to be given a tour of St George's Park, the FA's new National Football Centre.
They looked around the main facilities before meeting England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad, including players Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.