Kate Middleton is expecting her third child

Kate Middleton is expecting her third child
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  • Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child, the royals have announced 
  • As with previous two pregnancies, she’s suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum
  • The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news
  • Kate is at Kensington Palace but she was hospitalised during 1st pregnancy
  • She joked in July: ‘We’ll have to have more babies’ after being handed cuddly toy

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child – but were forced to tell the world early today because Kate has again been struck down with severe morning sickness.

The Duchess, 35, who is believed to be between eight and 12 weeks pregnant, battled Hyperemesis Gravidarum during her first two pregnancies and was hospitalised when expecting George in 2012.

Today she was forced to miss her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today, and is being cared for at home at Kensington Palace. 

The happy news that George, four, and Charlotte, two, will have a new sibling next April or May came later in a statement, which said: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child’.

The Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and other members of both families are delighted with the news, and the child will be born fifth in line to the throne, bumping uncle Prince Harry out of the top five and into sixth place.   

In July Kate hinted at a third child on a royal tour of Poland with her family. She was given a Whisbear cuddly toy meant for a newborn and said to William, laughing: ‘We will just have to have more babies’. 

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured together last Wednesday) are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced

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The Duchess, 35, is believed to be between eight and 12 weeks pregnant and looked well last week but had been forced to cancel a London engagement today

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This is the moment that Kate joked with William in July while in Poland and told him: ‘We will just have to have more babies’ after being given a Whisbear cuddly toy 

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The happy news that George, four, and Charlotte, two, will have a new sibling next year came via Kensington Palace – who were forced to release the news because Kate has severe morning sickness again

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Kate has made no secret of her desire to expand the family and is one of three children herself

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The Queen looked delighted at the news as she opened the new Queensferry Crossing spanning the Firth of Forth today

On a visit to Manchester, Prince Harry gave a thumbs up and described the news of a as ‘fantastic’.

Kate had already hinted that the royal couple would try for a third 

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On tour in July, Kate hinted heavily that a third might be on the way.

On an official engagement in Warsaw, Kate was offered a cuddly toy designed to soothe newborns during an event for new technology firms.

Offering her thanks for the gift, she turned to Prince William (pictured) laughing and said: ‘We will just have to have more babies.’

The soft toys, from company Whisbear, are designed to comfort newborns by replicating the sound of the womb, responding to their cries to soothe them.

Julia Sielicka-Jastrzebska, who founded the company with her sister, said the duchess made the light-hearted comment after learning the bears, which she had admired, were designed for children younger than George and Charlotte.

‘It’s great, I am very, very happy for them,’ he said.

Asked how his sister-in-law was, he added: ‘I haven’t seen her for a while but I think she’s ok.’

The Prince of Wales is first in line, followed by William, Prince George and the couple’s daughter Princess Charlotte, who is two. 

News of Kate’s pregnancy began to leak out when photographs arriving early for the engagement in London were told by staff that it had been unexpectedly cancelled with no explanation.

It’s not known how far along in her third pregnancy the Duchess is, but while expecting Princess Charlotte she had to make the announcement prior to the crucial 12-week stage when severe morning sickness forced her to cancel engagements. 

The condition led to her being hospitalised during her first pregnancy.

It is extremely unusual for the Duchess to cancel public engagements – she was pregnant and sick on the last few occasions.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is common, affecting around 15 per cent of all pregnancies. However in its extreme form – where a pregnant woman is admitted to hospital or suffers the condition throughout her pregnancy – it is much more rare.

It is much more serious than the nausea commonly experienced by expectant mothers.

The condition is thought to be caused by elevated levels of ‘pregnancy hormone’ HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, which increases after conception.

Kate has made no secret of her desire for a third child, confiding how broody she feels on several occasions.

The couple have two children, Prince George, four, and two-year-old Princess Charlotte.

And her uncle Gary Goldsmith has rushed to express his congratulations for the new arrival.  

Gary said: ‘It’s the best news I’ve had so far this year. She’s a natural mother. I wonder if she will stop at three? I doubt it. They are having such fun with the babies.’

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The couple are parents to Princess Charlotte and Prince George, (pictured in Poland in July) who is due to begin school at Thomas’s in Battersea, south west London on Thursday

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While in Poland the Duchess, 35, was seen at an event and held up a glass of wine, but barely drank it, witnesses said

Kate suffering with severe morning sickness that put her in hospital while pregnant with George

Excessive nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), and often needs hospital treatment.

Unlike regular morning sickness, HG may not get better by 14 weeks. 

It may not clear up completely until the baby is born, although some symptoms may improve at around 20 weeks.

Some pregnant women are sick many times a day and are unable to keep food or drink down, which can have a negative effect on their daily life.

Exactly how many pregnant women get HG is not known as some cases may go unreported, but it’s thought to be around 1 in every 100.

Signs and symptoms of HG include prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration and low blood pressure.

Source: NHS Choices

Kate is one of three and had a happy home life with her sister, Pippa Matthews, and brother, James Middleton, and is close to both of her siblings.

By having more than two offspring, William and Kate are following in the footsteps of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who went on to have four children – although there was a gap of 10 years between their second child, Anne, and third, Andrew.

An age gap of less than two years between Prince George and Princess Charlotte gave Kate enough time to try for a third before she reached her late 30s, when women’s fertility starts to decline more rapidly.

But William – who is one of two siblings – may have needed more convincing.

On an overseas tour to Singapore in 2012, when he was asked by a group of teenagers how many children he would like to have, he said he was “thinking about having two” 

The couple talked openly of having a family when they announced their engagement and planned ahead by saving the top of their wedding cake – traditionally served at the christening of a first-born.

The news was announced as the royal couple were preparing to send their eldest child, Prince George, off to school for the first time on Thursday. 

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Kate, pictured left when she was eight months pregnant with Princess Charlotte, has been suffering from severe morning sickness – and fought it when she had her first two children

They have chosen a fee-paying independent school in a south London borough for their four-year-old son.

Thomas’s Battersea will welcome the young prince and his parents on Thursday.

George’s first day at school will also mark a new chapter for the Cambridges as they are now mainly based in their Kensington Palace apartment rather than their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.

William, who quit his job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in July to become a full-time royal, is also due to attend the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford on Tuesday.

The couple’s third child will be born fifth in line to the throne, bumping uncle Harry out of the top five and into sixth place.

The Prince of Wales is first in line, followed by William, Prince George and the couple’s daughter Princess Charlotte, who is two. 

What is the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition? Kate suffers from extreme morning sickness that strikes just 1% of pregnant women and can be DEADLY 

The rare pregnancy condition which the Duchess of Cambridge suffers from can be deadly, medical literature shows.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), which strikes just 1 per cent of pregnancies, is a complication that causes excessive nausea and vomiting.

Unlike regular morning sickness, it doesn’t fade away with time. It is also considered to be the second leading cause of hospitalisation during pregnancy.

More than 1,000 abortions each year are linked to the severe pregnancy sickness – which can leave some women bedbound.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum is the medical terminology for excessive nausea and vomiting. The Duchess of Cambridge is a famous sufferer

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The Duchess, 33, cancelled engagements last autumn as she battled HG

It may not clear up completely until the baby is born, although some symptoms may improve at around 20 weeks.

Some pregnant women are sick many times a day and are unable to keep food or drink down, which can have a negative effect on their daily life. 

Many mothers-to-be may lose up to 10 per cent of their body weight when they are supposed to be gaining about 1lb a week.

This can trigger a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine known as ketosis as the body tries to compensate for lack of food.

Exactly how many pregnant women get HG is not known as some cases may go unreported, but it’s thought to be around 1 in every 100.

Signs and symptoms of HG include prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration, low blood pressure and rapid weight loss.

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In 2012, while expecting Prince George, she was admitted to hospital when HG left her severely dehydrated (pictured with Princess Charlotte in May 2015)

Hospital treatment for these women is essential, as without intravenous feeding and fluids they are at risk of becoming dangerously dehydrated. 

Until intravenous hydration was introduced in the 1950s, it was the leading cause of maternal death, Marlena Schoenberg Fejzo, a medicine researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, previously told The Conversation. 

Could her extreme morning sickness mean Kate is going to have another girl?

Last year, researchers found those with extreme morning sickness are slightly more likely to have girls.

According to New Scientist, one theory is the Trivers-Willard hypothesis which suggests when there is a lack of nausea it could be a son.

However, in tough times, a daughter is safer for a mother to pass on her genes to as weaker males are less likely to succeed.

Given a third of pregnancies with HG result in miscarriage, this could help to explain why fewer boys are born to women with the condition, the study said. 

But she warned that the condition is neither well-understood nor well-known, even with the ‘flurry of headlines’ after it was announced Kate was struck down by it.

The condition can also affect the baby’s development and there is a risk it will be premature or have a very low birth weight. 

In severe cases, the sickness can trigger a miscarriage. It can also cause an abnormally fast heart rate in the mother, medical literature states. 

The condition is thought to be caused by elevated levels of ‘pregnancy hormone’ HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, which increases after conception. 

There is no cure but one of the most effective treatments is the drug Ondansetron, which is taken twice a day at a cost of £3.50 per pill.

Caitlin Dean, chairman of Pregnancy Sickness Support, previously said: ‘The severity of the condition should not be underestimated and the risks and complications of not treating it need to be appreciated.’

The Duchess, 33, cancelled engagements last autumn as she battled HG. And in 2012, while expecting Prince George, she was admitted to hospital when HG left her severely dehydrated.  

Duchess of Cambridge’s third pregnancy means a sibling for George and Charlotte is set to arrive in late April – but what will the newest family member be called?

The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child, a sibling for Prince George and Princess Charlotte – but when will the latest family member arrive?

While most parents don’t announced the happy news until the crucial 12-week stage, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, a condition that is usually detected around the six-week mark.

When pregnant with Princess Charlotte, Kate had to announce the news early after the condition forced her to pull out of planned engagements and today’s announcement from Kensington Palace came as she cancelled a planned visit to a children’s charity in London this afternoon.

Presuming Kate is around six to eight weeks pregnant’ the new arrival can be expected in late April or early the following month, around the time of Princess Charlotte’s birthday on May 2.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child, Kensington Palace has announced (pictured on her wedding day on April 29, 2011)

The couple will also be busy considering baby names in the next months, with Alice and Victoria the most popular choices for a girl and Arthur and Alexander the favourites for a boy.

Bookies Ladbrokes are already taking bets on the new arrival, making it even money George and Charlotte are joined by a sister, and the same price is on offer for a brother.

If it’s a girl, Alice is the favourite name while Arthur tops the charts for a boy.

It’s likely the couple will choose a name with some kind of royal significance.

But as the new baby will be fifth in line to the throne there’s no pressure to name them after a past monarch like big brother and future king, Prince George.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? WILL IT BE PRINCESS ALICE OR PRINCE ARTHUR 

ALEXANDRA

One of the most popular choices so far, Alexandra is one of the Queen’s middle names and has a serious royal pedigree.

Her Majesty’s cousin is also called Alexandra, as was her great-grandmother, Alexandra of Denmark, the Queen Consort of Edward VII.

Known to her family as Alix, she was considered one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe and was aunt by marriage to another famously beautiful Alexandra – the last Tsarina of Russia. 

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Famously beautiful: Queen Alexandra was born a Danish princess and married Edward VII

More recent royal Alexandras include Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, the former wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark, and Caroline of Monaco’s youngest daughter, Princess Alexandra of Hanover. 

ALICE

A perennial favourite, Alice, which is of Old French origin, is currently leading the field and is hotly tipped to be chosen should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge produce a girl.

Although a fixture in the baby name top 10, it also has quite the royal pedigree and has been bestowed on blue-blooded babies since the Middle Ages.

One early Princess Alice was Alice of Jerusalem, the daughter of the Crusader king Baldwin II and his wife, Morphia.

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Royal family: Princess Alice, in a dark dress next to Queen Mary, is seen at the Queen’s wedding in 1947

After her marriage in 1126, she became known as Alice of Antioch and famously battled her own brother for control of the city following her husband’s death.

More recent royals with the name Alice include Princess Alice of Hesse, the second child and third daughter of Queen Victoria, and Princess Alice of Battenburg – the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother.

DIANA 

It’s an unlikely contender as Diana is already Princess Charlotte’s middle name. 

However, the renewed interest in Diana around the 20th anniversary of her death may push it up the list of contenders. 

The Duke places great importance on honouring her memory, having already used Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring when he proposed to Kate.

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Keeping her memory alive: Diana is another possible choice for the new royal baby

It is thought likely they would use the name Diana, if not as a first name, then as one of a baby daughter’s middle names.

While there have been few notable royal Dianas throughout history – other than the Duke’s mother – holds ethereal nobility as Diana was a Roman goddess of the hunt and moon.

ELIZABETH 

There is speculation William and Kate will pick Elizabeth – if not as a first name then as a middle name – for a girl in honour of William’s grandmother and the reigning Queen.

The Queen is held in great respect by her family and William has spoken of how she has become an even more important part of his life as he has grown older, while Kate, for her part, has forged a strong bond with the monarch since becoming a royal. 

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Pedigree: The baby could be named Elizabeth after its great-grandmother and the Tudor monarch Elizabeth I

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Family tradition: Elizabeth is the name of William’s grandmother and his great-grandmother

Other royals to have the name include the Queen Mother and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, whose middle name it is.

None of them, however, are quite so famous as Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who ruled from 1558 until 1603 and is known to posterity as the greatest of the Tudor monarchs.

FRANCES 

Another popular choice with punters, Frances doesn’t have a particularly royal pedigree but it does come with some close family ties for the Duke and Duchess.

As well as being the middle name of Diana, Princess of Wales, Frances was also the name of William’s grandmother, Frances Shand Kydd.

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Grandmother: William’s maternal grandmother (left with her mother Ruth) was named Frances

It is also a recurring name in Kate’s family tree. It was her great-great-great grandmother’s first name and appears a number of times in the male form, Francis.

MARY 

One of the Queen’s middle names, Mary comes with an impeccable royal pedigree and is still one of the most popular monikers for European princesses today.

Indeed, the Queen’s own grandmother was one such princess, the German Mary of Teck. Known to her family as May, she went on to become a hugely popular Queen Consort following her marriage to George V.

Not every Queen Mary has been a consort, however, and the UK has seen two Marys on the throne in their own right.

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Not popular: Mary I has gone down in history as Bloody Mary thanks to her penchant for persecution

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Glamorous: Denmark’s Australian-born Crown Princess is another royal Mary

First to rule was Mary I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, who went down in history as Bloody Mary thanks to her penchant for burning Protestant ‘heretics’.

Next came Mary II who ruled jointly with her Dutch husband William III and whose legacy includes revamping a mansion in Hyde Park that is now Kensington Palace.

But when she died childless, the throne passed to her sister Anne, a woman who, despite having 18 children, also died with no surviving heirs and, as a result, was the last of the Stuarts.

Other royal Marys include George VI’s sister Princess Mary and Denmark’s Crown Princess, a Tasmanian also called Mary.

FOR A BOY…

ALBERT

Queen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert.

Albert, who died aged 42, famously took an active interest in the arts, science, trade and industry and masterminded the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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Much missed: An early photograph showing Queen Victoria and Prince Albert during their wedding

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Modern monarch: Monaco’s Prince Albert II with his wife Charlene and their baby twins (right)

Victoria and Albert’s eldest son Edward VII was actually Albert Edward and known as Bertie to his family. 

Their other sons all had Albert as a middle name – a tradition that carried on through the generations. Prince Harry has Albert as one of his middle names.

By choosing Albert or Bertie for a boy, William and Kate would also be honouring the Queen’s father, George VI who was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George and always known to his family as Bertie.

Shy, stammering Bertie was forced to become king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated, but won the nation’s affection by standing firm in London during the Second World War.

Contemporary royals named Albert include Monaco’s ruler and scion of the Grimaldi dynasty, Prince Albert II. 

ARTHUR

Arthur is the middle name of both Prince Charles and Prince William, and was also part of George VI’s name.

A royal name with a particularly romantic pedigree, the name evokes thoughts of the mythical King Arthur who, according to legend, is set to return at the moment of Britain’s greatest need.

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Name with a pedigree: Queen Victoria’s son Prince Arthur (right) with the future Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden

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Famous: King Arthur has been the subject of many a drama. Jamie Campbell-Bower is seen here in the role

Quite who the real Arthur was remains a mystery, although some historians have argued that Arthur was really Alfred the Great, the Dark Ages king of Wessex who declared himself ‘Rex Angolorum’ [King of the English] after defeating a marauding Viking army.

Despite the heroic legend attached to Arthur, the name also has tragic connotations and was given to Henry VII’s eldest son.

Arthur, who would have become king in place of his younger brother Henry VIII, died aged 15 and shortly after his marriage to Katherine of Aragon.

More recent Arthurs include Queen Victoria’s son Prince Arthur, who became the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.

CHARLES

William is close to his father and is likely to want to show his affection if he has a son, although the name is a more likely choice for a middle name.

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Uncle: Charles, 9th Earl Spencer and Viscount Althorp is pictured at the Royal Wedding in 2011

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Unlucky: Charles is considered an unlucky royal name because of the fate of Charles I and his son Charles II

It would also reference his mother’s side of the family as Charles is also the name of Diana, Princess of Wales’s brother, Earl Spencer.

Charles, however, is considered an unlucky royal name with Stuart monarch Charles I becoming the only British royal ever to suffer a full-scale rebellion and be executed as a result.

Although his son Charles II was responsible for the Restoration in 1660, his reign was also notable for a deadly outbreak of plague and for the Great Fire of London in 1666.

FREDERICK

One of the most popular choices for punters, Frederick is a name with an impeccable royal pedigree and boasts links to the Dukedom of Cambridge.

That comes in the shape of Prince Adolphus Frederick who lived from 1774 to 1850 and was given the title the Duke of Cambridge by his father George III in 1801 when he was 27.

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Pedigree: Frederick or Frederik is a particularly popular name in Denmark and is the name of the current heir

Although he never became a Prince of Cambridge in his own right, his son George, like his modern equivalent, was known as Prince George of Cambridge.

The Duke was described by his father as being ‘lively’. He was a military man, a popular figure and a great supporter of charities, literature and the sciences.

He was also apparently very fond of interrupting church services by bellowing out ‘By all means’ if the priest said ‘Let us pray’.

Other royals with the name include William’s second cousin once removed, Lord Frederick Windsor – who sparked a scandal in 1999 when he was reportedly spotted snorting cocaine.

The current heir to the Danish throne is also called Frederik, in continuation of a tradition that has seen every Danish monarch, barring the women, called either Christian or Frederik.

46-year-old Crown Prince Frederik appears happy to continue the tradition and named his eldest son Christian when he was born in 2005. 

JAMES

James, the name of the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, is currently leading the field for the boys at the bookmakers. 

William, however, already has a cousin called James – the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s seven-year-old son Viscount Severn.

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Connection: James is another possibility but it has already been given to seven-year-old Viscount Severn

It does, however, have an impeccable royal pedigree and there have been no fewer than seven monarchs called James in British history so far.

Not all ruled over the whole of the UK, however, with the first five in charge of Scotland alone.

That all changed when James VI of Scotland became James I of England and also the UK in 1603 after he was left the throne by his cousin Elizabeth I.

His grandson James II was less lucky, however, and was forced to flee the country and abdicate in favour of his eldest daughter, Mary II. 

New royal baby will see Prince Harry pushed down to sixth in line to the throne… but law change means Princess Charlotte will stay as fourth even if Kate has a boy 

The birth of Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby will mean that Prince Harry will become sixth in line to the throne, while Princess Charlotte will remain fourth in line. 

The current order of succession is Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, followed by Charlotte and Harry.

A law change in 2013 before the birth of George means that male members of the royal family no longer overtake their sisters in the line of succession.

This means that Charlotte will remain as fourth in line to the throne, regardless of whether the new baby is a boy or a girl. 

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby will mean that Prince William will become sixth in line to the throne 

The Royal Succession bill was rushed through Parliament following the announcement that Kate was pregnant with her first child in 2012. 

The law change was made to ensure that William and Kate’s first child could succeed to the throne, regardless if the baby was a boy or a girl. 

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 was brought in accordance with the 2011 Perth Agreement, which was signed off by prime ministers of the 16 Commonwealth realms.

The act also ended the disqualification of a person who married a Roman Catholic from the line of succession, and removed the need for those outside the first six persons in line to the throne to seek the monarch’s approval to marry.

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However, Charlotte will remain in fourth in line to the throne, regardless of whether the new baby is a boy or a girl

There had been fears there could be a constitutional crisis if Kate and William had a baby girl before the law was changed.

How new succession law means boys no longer get bumped up the list over girls

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 altered the laws of succession.

It replaced male-preference to allow the eldest child, regardless of gender, to precede their siblings.

The act also ended the disqualification of a person who married a Roman Catholic from the line of succession, and removed the requirement of those outside the first six persons in line to the throne to seek the Sovereign’s approval to marry.

It was brought in accordance with the 2011 Perth Agreement – made by the prime ministers of the 16 Commonwealth realms.

But the Queen approved the historic change by giving royal assent to the Succession to the Crown Act in April 2013, before the birth of George in July.

Under the ancient rules of male primogeniture, first born royal daughters in direct line to the throne were overtaken by younger male siblings.

However, the law was widely criticised and viewed as outdated and discriminatory.

The scrapped law of male primogeniture only allowed Elizabeth II to become Queen because she did not have any brothers. 

The change in succession rules is not retrospective, so the Princess Anne did not jump ahead of her younger brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

After Harry in the line of succession is Andrew, followed by his daughters princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Was this the moment Kate hinted she was pregnant again? Laughing Duchess told William ‘We’ll just have to have more babies’ during their royal tour of Poland seven weeks ago (and she barely touched her glass of wine)

The Duchess of Cambridge today announced she is expecting her third child – two months after joking with Prince William that they will ‘have to have more babies’.

The 35-year-old was on a royal tour of Poland when she was given a cuddly toy designed for newborns.

Saying thank you for receiving the toy created to help soothe babies, she turned to her husband and joked while laughing: ‘We will just have to have more babies.’

The soft toys are designed by Whisbear and are supposed to comfort newborns by mirroring the sounds from the womb.

She speculated about having another child during a reception in Warsaw – just hours before she donned a dazzling ivory gown for a garden party in the Queen’s honour.

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Kate was on a royal tour of Poland when she was given a cuddly toy designed for newborns and joked with William about having a third

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The Duchess, 35, was later handed a soft cuddly toy and joked to William that they need to ‘have more babies’ 

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The royal couple (pictured together) attended an event in Warsaw, Poland, in July and were shown a number of toys 

Kate attended the event with her husband and was photographed barely touching her glass of wine.

Julia Sielicka-Jastrzebska, who founded the company with her sister, said Kate made the joke after learning the bears were designed for children younger than George, three and Charlotte, four.

She said: ‘We gave the Duchess some presents for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. She said they should have more babies, and they laughed.’

Kensington Palace today announced the royal couple are expecting their third child together.

The Duchess, who is believed to be between eight and 12 weeks pregnant, battled Hyperemesis Gravidarum during her first two pregnancies and was hospitalised when expecting George in 2012.

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The royal couple attended the Queen’s Birthday Garden Party in Warsaw and toasted the evening with a drink 

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