Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton are expecting 1st baby

Published On: Dec 03 2012 11:56:46 AM EST

LONDON -

Palace officials in London, England has announced that the Prince and the Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.

Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William is expecting the couple's first child.

St. James Palace said Monday that the Duchess of Cambridge has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital.

As the first born to William -- who is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles -- the couple's first child stands an excellent chance of one day becoming monarch.
Whether boy or girl, the child will be behind Prince William in the line of succession to the throne, Cabinet Office officials said.

The pair wed in a much publicized ceremony in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey.

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IMAGES: Here Comes The Bride! Kate Middleton's Dress

Prior to the wedding, William gave Kate the same 18-carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds that his father had given Diana Spencer. Back in 1981, the ring cost $60,000 and many criticized Diana for selecting a ring that anyone could buy, rather than having one made for her.

Prince William gave Kate Middleton the same 18-carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

~Kate Middleton's engagement ring.~

William said he wanted to give his mother's engagement ring as his own way to include her in the celebration.

He proposed to Kate on a trip to Kenya after "literally" carrying the ring with him everywhere for three weeks—in his rucksack, of all places—saying he knew he would be "in big trouble" if he lost it. In their first interview after getting engaged, Kate said she hopes she can "look after" the ring properly, to which William responded "she's going to be in big trouble if she loses it."

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