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Kate Middleton is pregnant, hospitalized with royally bad morning sickness

Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, exchange conversation as they sit down to paint a picture during their tour of the Inner City Arts campus in Los Angeles, California, on July 10, 2011.
Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, exchange conversation as they sit down to paint a picture during their tour of the Inner City Arts campus in Los Angeles, California, on July 10, 2011. Alex Gallardo/AFP/Getty Images

Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their first royal baby, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced Monday. Prime Minster David Cameron, and seemingly everyone else in the the known universe, took to Twitter to express excitement.

Middleton was admitted to London's King Edward VII hospital on Dec. 3 with a severe form of morning sickness, called hyperemesis gravidarum, the Associated Press reports. News from St. James's Palace is that the pregnancy is in its "very early stages," — less than 12 weeks.

Dr. Daghni Rajasingam, a spokeswoman for Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said women with severe [morning sickness] symptoms — including dehydration, dizziness and persistent vomiting — need to be hospitalized for treatment, including being given fluids intravenously.

Prince William was at the hospital with the 30-year-old duchess who is expected to stay put for for several days of treatment. The #royalbaby will be an heir to the throne, regardless of the sex of the child, following a 2011 decision regarding succession rules.

The couple's first child will be third in line to the throne — behind William and his father, Prince Charles — leapfrogging the gregarious Prince Harry and possibly setting up the first scenario in which a female heir could benefit from new gender rules[...]that give girls equal status with boys in the order of succession.

The traveling newlyweds have been trekking the globe, including a stint in Los Angeles, all the while Kate's outfits, hand motions, beverage choices, etc. continually scrutinized for hints of pregnancy. Princess Diana, William's mother, once said of the media attention surrounding her first pregnancy, "The whole world is watching my stomach," reports AP. 

Los Angeles has a number of British organizations and resources to help you better connect with your inner royal. Just, please watch out for the Poppins.

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