In a statement the Palace said, “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
Due to suffering from hypremesis gravidarium, the Duchess will no longer accompany Prince William on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duke will continue to attend the engagement later on today, whilst Catherine is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.
When the Duchess was pregnant with Prince George, she was treated for her morning sickness in hospital.
On his twitter account, Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he is: “delighted by the the happy news that they’re expecting another baby”.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has tweeted: “Wonderful news that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are expecting second child. Praying for the family, and that morning sickness subsides.” Read more live reactions to the royal announcement here.
Catherine’s officials will review her future engagements individually in order to decide whether she will be able to attend them. The Duchess is supposed to be visiting Malta on her first solo overseas engagement in a few weeks time.Catherine is also scheduled to be attending the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games on Wednesday with her husband William and Prince Harry, along with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
It is believed that the Duchess has not yet reached the 12 week stage of her pregnancy. Similarly with her first pregnancy with Prince George, the couple were forced to announce the they were expecting a child earlier than they wished due to Catherine’s morning sickness.
The birth of the couple’s second child will mean that the child will be fourth in line to the throne, moving Prince Harry to fifth in line.
This announcement has come just two months after Prince George celebrated his first birthday.