Monday, 14 January 2013

British heir expected in July

The British royal court today announced that the first child of Prince William and his wife Catherine is expected in July. The news of the pregnancy was first confirmed when the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital for treatment for very acute morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), but at that time nothing was said about when the child was expected.
Because of the changes to the succession which were recently introduced in Parliament, the child will be in the direct line of succession regardless of its sex. Letters patent issued by Queen Elizabeth II on 31 December 2012 also means that a girl will get the title of Princess, whereas she would previously only have been styled as the daughter of a duke (i.e. Lady Name Windsor).

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