Kensington Palace has taken the unusual step of announcing when the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her third child.
Although an exact date hasn’t been revealed, the Palace has announced that the baby is due in April.
Because the royal household has said that the Duchess is due to give birth in April with certainty, it is assumed that royal baby number three will be making his or her appearance in the world in the middle of the month.
Today’s news means that Catherine has had her twelve-week scan. It has not been stated where she will be giving birth.
Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte were delivered at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital. It is likely that Their Royal Highnesses will choose the same location this time around.
When it came to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, a due date was not announced in advance. This led to journalists being camped outside of the Lindo Wing for days – or even weeks back in 2013.
The new baby will become 5th-in-line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry back further in the line of succession.
Since early September, the Duchess has been suffering from acute morning sickness – hyperemesis gravidarum.
As a result of the illness, the Duchess has had to cancel all of her recent engagements and made her first public appearance a few days ago at a mental health event held at Buckingham Palace.
Hyperemesis gravidarum affects approximately 1% of women during pregnancy which can cause vomiting up to 60 times a day.
Catherine suffered from the same sickness when she was pregnant with Prince George and Princess Charlotte and was forced to announce her pregnancies early on those occasions also.