It is official: Prince George is going to be a big brother. Announced by the British royal family on Sept. 8, the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge will be welcoming their second child into the royal family, who will be fourth in line to the British throne.
Almost immediately after the announcement was made, #RoyalBaby started trending on Twitter and the Royal couple received thousands of messages from admirers across the world, filled with love and happiness at the news.
Since the birth of Prince George, people have been speculating if or when Kate would become pregnant again. People all across the world have been waiting for the news that the royal family would once again be welcoming a baby into the palace.
After the anticipated announcement, it was further reported that Duchess Kate would be canceling her upcoming appearances due to Kate suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is the same condition she had with her first child, Prince George.
According to The Independent, Hyperemesis Gravidarum is an extreme form of morning sickness that often causes severe nausea, vomiting, dehydration and low blood pressure. The illness is unlikely to affect the unborn prince or princess, and Kate is currently under a doctor’s care behind palace walls.
The announcement of a second royal baby has the kingdom in state of constant celebration. Clarence House tweeted, “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news that Their Royal Highnesses are expecting their second child.” Numerous tweets came piling in from other public figures, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Harry, and Labor leader Ed Miliband, all of whom congratulated the couple and wished them the best.
No due date has been announced yet, but speculators have been estimating that Kate is around 12 weeks pregnant. Possible baby names have also been circulating around the world with the current favorites of Henry and Elizabeth.
Maddie Ball is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at MB759377@wcupa.edu.