Royal Baby to Come

Royal Baby to Come

Laura Kristie, Staff Writer

On December 3, 2012 at St. James Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate publically announced that they were expecting a baby. Traditionally, most expecting parents announce their pregnancy at twelve weeks after they have told the queen. Because of the Duchess’s severe morning sickness, Kate was taken to the hospital. The couple announced the news early to the public. She left the hospital a couple days later after being treated from hyperemesis gravidarum, according to TIMES magazine.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families are overjoyed with the news.  As well as the family, the British public is delighted with news of the pregnancy. The Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter that the royals “will make wonderful parents.” This will keep the monarchy going. The Palace did not say how far along Kate is, only that she has not yet reached the twelve week mark.

The child will become third in line to the throne if the Queen Elizabeth abdicates (gives up the throne), retires or dies. The next in line will be her first born son, Prince Charles the Prince of Wales. The second in line is Prince William, the first born son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The baby will become third in line to the throne pushing Prince Harry to forth in line. The baby will be the queen’s third great grandchild.

The child of the Duchess of Cambridge will eventually become heir no matter the sex of the child according to the new legislation.  In October 2011, the prime minster David Cameron visited Australia. Constitutional Changes were made to remove male preference in the succession and agreed on by the commonwealth nations. If their first born child is a girl, she will take precedence over her younger brothers or sisters  and will eventually become the queen.