Monday 19 November 2018

Kensington Palace reveal when Kate and William's third baby will be born

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are seen during a visit to The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on August 30, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) laughs as she shakes hands with a person in a Paddington Bear outfit along with her husband Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) as they attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) dances with a person in a Paddington Bear outfit by her husband Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) dances with a person in a Paddington Bear outfit by her husband Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) as they attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she arrives to attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/ Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool
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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/ Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/ Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/ Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool

The due date of the third royal baby has been narrowed down in a statement from Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are "delighted" to be expecting their third child in April, the palace said.

The news comes just a day after Kate had a dance with Paddington Bear at London's Paddington station.

She has reportedly been struggling with hyperemesis gravidarum - a severe form of morning sickness - which she also endured through her two previous pregnancies.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) dances with a person in a Paddington Bear outfit by her husband Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) dances with a person in a Paddington Bear outfit by her husband Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017

Kate and William have two children, Prince George (4) and Princess Charlotte (2).

The new royal baby should arrive the month before the Cambridges' daughter Princess Charlotte turns three.  However, it is believed that Kate went over her due date on both previous pregnancies.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/ Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/ Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool

The Duchess gave birth to George and Charlotte at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, and will be expected to do the same, unless she opts for a home birth.

The new baby will be born fifth in line to the throne, pushing uncle Prince Harry into sixth place.

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk past helicopters at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk past helicopters at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL

It is likely Kate has now had her 12 week scan and seen an ultrasound image of her baby.

Soon after the news of the pregnancy was revealed in September, William revealed there was "not much sleep" being had at the main family home of Kensington Palace as Kate fought her severe morning sickness.

"We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating," he said at the time.

"It's always a bit anxious to start with, but she's well."

2018 will be a busy one for the couple, in addition to preparing for their third child, they have also announced an official trip to Sweden and Norway. Kensington Palace said the couple had been asked to undertake the Scandinavian visit on behalf of the Foreign Office.

The royal household also announced that William is to make a solo official visit to Finland next month.

William was already committed to visiting Finland in 2017 to mark the centenary of the country's independence. Depending on the exact date of the joint tour, the couple may now be making the trip to Norway and Sweden in the depths of the Scandinavian winter.

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