Kensington Palace announced this morning that Kate would not be traveling to Malta as planned. From the Malta Department of Information news release:
The Duchess of Cambridge will no longer visit Malta this weekend. The Duke of Cambridge will undertake the visit instead.
Her Royal Highness continues to suffer from the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The decision not to travel was taken by the Duke and Duchess on the advice of the Duchess’s doctors.
The Duke is honoured to represent Her Majesty The Queen on the visit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta’s Independence.
As is now the practice, Clarence House released the statement via Twitter, in addition to standard methods for news release distribution.
The delay in making a decision speaks to Kate’s desire to undertake her first solo overseas trip, where she was to represent the Queen at Malta’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. More from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:
The Cambridges made their decision last night in consultation with Kate’s doctors.
The illness, which affects 3.5 out of each 1,000 pregnancies, causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, called ketosis.
Below, a frame from the promotional video made promoting “50 Years of Independence: The Greatest Spectacle Ever,” Saturday night’s gala celebration that William will now attend.