LONDON – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, are expecting their second child, a spokesman for Britain’s royal family announced on Monday. The baby would be fourth in the line of succession to the British throne.
Catherine, who was hospitalized during her first pregnancy for sickness and nausea, was also suffering severe dizziness in this second pregnancy and is being treated by doctors at their residence at Kensington Palace in London. This led to the cancellation of an official event planned for Monday in Oxford.
William and Kate, both 32, are the parents of Prince George, third in line of succession to the crown. He was born on July 22, 2013 in London.
The couple, who married in April 2011, were “pleased” to announce the happy news, according to a statement.
Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, 88, as well as the rest of the British royal family, were likewise said to be “delighted” with this news according to a spokesman for Kensington Palace.
British Prime Minister, Conservative David Cameron, expressed his congratulations to the couple. “Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby,” the premier tweeted.
Catherine had a complicated first pregnancy that led her to be hospitalized for three days.
The Duchess of Cambridge had her first official solo trip to the island of Malta scheduled for later this month. That visit could be postponed if this second pregnancy also results in discomfort.