There was excitement across the world amongst fans of Britain's royal family on Monday, with the announcement that Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting their first child.
St.James's Palace said on Monday that the Duchess of Cambridge - formerly known as Kate Middleton - has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital.
The pregnancy is in its "very early stages," with the 30-year-old duchess expected to stay in the hospital for several days, according to the palace.
The royal family were said to be "delighted" by the news.
In recent days, Middleton has kept up royal appearances - recently playing field hockey with schoolchildren at her former school.
The confirmation of her pregnancy caps a jam-packed year of highs and lows for the young royals, who were married in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey last year.
They have been have travelled the world extensively as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond jubilee celebrations and weathered the embarrassment of a nude photos scandal, after a tabloid snapper published topless images of the duchess.
Speculation about when William and his bride would start a family has been rife since immediately after their wedding.
William's mother - the late Princess Diana - got pregnant just four months after her wedding in 1981.
Like Kate, Diana reportedly suffered from morning sickness for months and complained of constant media attention.
Whether boy or girl, the child will be next in line behind William in the line of succession to the throne, Cabinet Office officials have said.