Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child, their office said on Monday after the Duchess was forced to cancel an engagement due to severe morning sickness.
Britain’s monarchy has ridden a wave of public support in recent years due to the popularity of William, Kate, and William’s brother Harry, and the news was soon making headlines around the world.
Queen Elizabeth, who is 91, said she was delighted.
The baby will be fifth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder siblings George, 4, and Charlotte, 2.
The popular Harry becomes sixth in line to the throne.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” Kensington Palace said.
“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
The couple did not say when the baby was due.