Duchess of Cambridge Expecting Second Baby in April

The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, and her husband Prince William are expecting their second child in April following the birth of Prince George in July last year.

The duchess, 32, is continuing to suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum, or very acute morning sickness, as she did in her first pregnancy, Kensington Palace confirmed in an e-mailed statement today. “Her condition is steadily improving,” it said.

The child will be fourth in line to the British throne. William’s father, Prince Charles, is the heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth II, who has been monarch since 1952. William and George are next in line.

Even though she’s still suffering from morning sickness, the duchess is scheduled to carry out two royal engagements in London tomorrow, according to her office. She and her husband will greet Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who’s in the U.K. on a state visit, on behalf of the queen.

The April date for the royal birth means it will coincide with campaigning for the general election on May 7 and may distract from media coverage of politics. The wait for the birth of Prince George saw television stations broadcasting live round-the-clock from the central London hospital to which the duchess was admitted.

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