The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant again, Kensington Palace announced today.
Kate, 32, mother to Prince George, one, is expecting her second child with husband, Prince William, next year.
The couple have long spoken of their desire to extend their family and the timing of the announcement is significant.
William, 32, recently announced his decision to put off becoming a full time working royal in favour of taking a new role as an East Anglian air ambulance pilot.
The new role will allow the couple to bring up their family in the relative privacy of their new home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall.
As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from the ‘super sickness’ Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
As a result, Kensington Palace said, Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today.
The Duchess has not been admitted to hospital, however, as is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.
In a statement, Kensington Palace said: â€˜Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.
â€˜The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. MYNEWSHUB/DAILY MAIL