UPDATE: 12-3-12 2PM PST
The latest from the British newspaper The Guardian is predicting a tribute to Lady Diana if the royals have a girl.
"If Kate gives birth to a girl, many will expect the Duke and Duchess to pay homage in some way to William's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as to the Queen. Likewise, the arrival of a boy could see a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales or even Prince Harry. But the Cambridges are also likely to take inspiration from Kate's side of the family.
"Royal children often boast an array of middle names - William's own being Arthur Philip Louis - so the couple are likely to pick several - offering them the chance to include a nod to both sets of relatives.
"They also might incorporate a Welsh name to reflect their links to Wales, a name with historical connections to the city of Cambridge or perhaps something Scottish to represent the time they spent together in St Andrews."
UPDATE: 12-3-12 9:50 AM PST
News agencies are weighing in on the royal event. Fox news issued this report:
Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor for FoxNews.com, said while Kate’s acute morning sickness may seem scary, it is actually a sign that the pregnancy is strong and healthy.
“It’s actually a very common condition in pregnancy and usually happens in the first 12 weeks of gestation due to high levels of hormones streaming through the mother,” Alvarez said. “This activates the feeling of being nauseous and vomiting, which in many cases is a good sign.”
Alvarez, who is also the chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, said the condition becomes problematic when vomiting becomes severe, and the mother-to-be has to worry about dehydration and malnutrition. That’s usually when the patient is brought to the hospital for supplemental hydration and nutrients.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/12/03
BBC News reports political responses:
Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to offer his congratulations. He used social-media website Twitter to say: "I'm delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents."
After being alerted to the news by BBC chief political correspondent Norman Smith, Ed Miliband tweeted: "Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country. A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate." The Labour leader had been in a House of Commons meeting on the findings of the Leveson report.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, released the following statement: "My warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes to the Earl and Countess of Strathearn on this wonderful news. Everyone in Scotland will join me in wishing the couple the very best as they prepare for the birth of their first child."
Royal watchers have been waiting for evidence of a new heir to British throne. Duchess Kate is 30 and rumors of a pregnancy have been rampant the last year.
Today palace officials announced that the waiting is over, and Prince William and the duchess are expecting. This will be the first grandchild both families, according to today news.
Due to morning sickness the duchess was admitted Monday to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London according to a palace news release. No “due date” was given as the pregnancy is still in the early stages. Kate is expected to remain in hospital for a few days.
The royal couple was married in April 2011, and has stated from the beginning they want to have children. Prince William’s mother the late Diana became pregnant a few months after weddingin 1981.
According to reports in the British newspaper The Daily Beast, Kate is 12 weeks pregnant. The couple wanted to delay making the announcment, but were forced into making announcement when Kate was rushed to the hospital today in London.
William is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, so the couple's first child would normally eventually become a monarch. A Queen of England is also possible should their first born be a girl. Read more here.