On Monday, December 3, St. James Palace announced that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was pregnant. Since we, like everyone else, are completely over-the-moon with the news, we’ll be following every last tidbit and update — and posting them all here. Consider this your one-stop-shop for everything royal baby-related.
1/14/2013 4:05PM: St. James’ Palace officially announces that Kate and Wills are expecting their firstborn in July!
1/11/2013 10:48AM: Kate tries to hide her baby bump as she steps out for the unveiling of her official portrait at London’s National Portrait Gallery. She looks great, but the portrait — not so much.
12/30/2012 10:01AM: The two Australian DJs are unlikely to be prosecuted, but they have both already been suspended from the radio show indefinitely.
12/14/2012 9:39AM: The family of Jacintha Saldanha blames the hospital staff for her suicide, and are investigating her death.
12/13/2012 1:54PM: Will Sarah Burton design Kate’s maternity wear? We certainly hope so!
12/13/2012 11:24PM: The cause of Jacintha Saldanha’s death has been officially been determined as a suicide.
12/10/2012 12:03PM: The two Australian DJs that pranked Kate’s hospital finally speak out about their sorry and regret.
12/9/2012 6:45PM: Kate has fallen ill again, and Prince William canceled an event to stay home with her.
12/9/2012 9:58AM: The family of Jacintha Saldanha, the receptionist who committed suicide following the prank call, has released a statement saying they are ‘devastated’.
12/7/2012 10:49AM: The receptionist who transferred the prank call to Kate’s nurse was found dead in a suspected suicide this morning at 9:25 AM GMT. The Duke and Duchess have released a statement, and are “deeply saddened” by the news.
12/6/2012 3:10PM: Prince Charles adorably reveals that he’s excited to be a grandfather. He told reporters: “It’s a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age. I’m very glad my daughter-in-law is getting better, thank goodness.” He also weighed in on the prank call to the hospital, and joked, “How do you know I’m not a radio station?”
12/6/2012 9:10AM: Kate finally leaves King Edward VII Hospital at 10:45 GMT with Prince William right by her side.
12/5/2012 1:54PM: Pippa and James Middleton finally visit Kate in the hospital for the first time since being admitted Monday afternoon. They reportedly stayed a little over an hour.
12/5/2012, 12:59PM: Prince William visits Kate at the hospital for the third day in a row.
12/5/2012, 9:45AM: Two Australian radio hosts prank the King Edward VII Hospital by pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles inquiring about Kate’s health condition.
12/4/2012, 10:06AM: Prince William returned to King Edward VII Hospital to visit Kate at 11:30AM GMT. So did a loving (and slightly creepy) fan.
12/3/2012, 5:55PM: Prince William left Kate’s bedside at King Edward VII Hospital at 8:15PM GMT, after driving her there earlier this afternoon.
12/3/2012, 5:30PM: According to the Daily Mail, the Queen herself didn’t know Kate was pregnant until she was admitted to the hospital. Kate’s parents, on the other hand, had the full scoop, because Kate had “taken ill while staying at their family home in Berkshire this weekend.”
12/3/2012, 5:12PM: Middleton doesn’t just have a case of “acute morning sickness”, the Duchess has been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. Here’s what that means.
12/3/2012, 4:30PM: Our sister site The Jane Dough has a round-up of what all our favorite ladies on Twitter have to say about the news.
12/3/2012, 4:18PM: The Obamas publicly congratulate Kate Middleton and Prince William.
12/3/2012, 1:26PM: The Daily Mail begins the baby name speculation. Elizabeth is the favorite, with Diana coming in fourth place.
12/3/2012, 12:40PM: Slate answers the question on everyone’s lips: what happens if Kate has a girl? “No matter the gender, Kate’s baby will be heir to the British throne. Six months after William and Kate’s wedding, the British Commonwealth countries finally scrapped the rules that gave boys precedence over girls in the royal line of succession.”
12/3/2102, 12:05PM: UK Prime Minister David Cameron tweets his congratulations.
12/3/2012, 11:25AM: Kate Middleton is pregnant! The Palace made the announcement shortly after Middleton was admitted to the hospital for “acute morning sickness”.