Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby is due in July, St James’s Palace announced today.
Kate Middleton’s condition is also continuing to improve following her stay in hospital last month for severe pregnancy-related sickness, a spokesman for the couple said.
The 31-year-old Duchess is believed to be around 13 to 14 weeks pregnant and confirmation of the birth month means it is likely she has now had her 12-week scan.
“Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” a St James’s Palace spokesman said.
“The Duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.”
The announcement was made at 11 a.m. today by St James’s Palace, the traditional time of day for royal announcements.
The update is also further confirmation that Kate Middleton is expecting just one baby – after speculation that she might be carrying twins.
The Duchess was less than 8 weeks pregnant and staying with her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, at their $7.5 million country mansion in Berkshire when she fell ill at the beginning of December.
As her condition worsened and she began to become severely dehydrated, the decision was made to admit her to the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, central London, for treatment on December 3.
Doctors diagnosed her with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of pregnancy-related sickness.
Later that day the palace reluctantly announced details of her pregnancy, stressing that she was well under the crucial 12-week stage at which such pronouncements are normally made.
A spokesman also confirmed that, contrary to speculation, it was not a multiple pregnancy.
They declined to say whether the couple planned to find out the sex of the baby, although members of the royal family normally do not.