The Duke of Cambridge went ahead with a planned visit to the University of Oxford on Monday to open the Dickson Poon China Centre building; an engagement previously expected to be attended by both the Duke and Duchess.
As morning broke on Monday, and the University prepared to welcome William and Kate, the news came from Clarence House that the couple are expecting their second child and the Duchess would not be in attendance due to her suffering from an acute form of morning sickness.
The Dickson Poon China Centre, which is located at St Hugh’s College in Oxford, aims to bring together academics drawn from across a range of disciplines, who have common research and teaching interests related to China as well as providing accommodation for the college’s postgraduate students and house the China Collection of Bodleian Library.
The project, which has cost £21 million to build, has raised most of its funds through external benefactors and was supported by a large £10 million donation from Chinese businessman and philanthropist, Dickson Poon, in particular.
During his visit to the Centre, Prince William met with staff and students of the college and, once inside, was introduced to the designers and donors including Mr Poon. The Duke also spoke with members of the public and press who had gathered to see his arrival and pass on their good wishes following the earlier announcement.
When asked about the pregnancy and how the his wife was feeling, William said:
“She’s feeling OK, thanks. It’s been a tricky few days – week or so – but obviously we’re basically thrilled, it’s great news, and early days.
‘We’re hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better.”
Royal Central will provide news coverage of The Cambridges’ baby as it is announced, along with a vast and extensive coverage of other royal events which are billed to take place this week including the major sporting competition, The Invictus Games, which is being spearheaded by Prince Harry.