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As many readers have no doubt heard, there was news from St. James’s Palace this afternoon (London time):

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Website

If unable to read the text on the graphic, it says “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.”

As is the case these days, the announcement was released via several means, including the Clarence House Twitter account:

Clarence House

While the it is lovely news, there is a downside: Kate is hospitalized with a severe form of morning sickness, and will remain in King Edward VII Hospital for several days. More from the Clarence House statement:

“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”

In fact, that is why the announcement was made so early in the pregnancy, the Palace felt they had little choice as word of Kate’s hospitalization would have been leaked to the news media.  The Queen is Patron of the hospital, it is a private facility in London.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a serious condition that far transcends morning sickness (misery enough on its own), more from the Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation:

“HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the newborn(s).”

Among other things the site has a list of the Top 10 Things Not to Say to a woman dealing with HG.

The Palace is not announcing a due date because Kate isn’t past the first trimester. Kate and William’s child will be third in line to the throne and a great-grandchild to the Queen. For the first time, if the baby is a girl she can inherit the throne, this as a result of changes to the rules of succession approved by Commonwealth countries last summer. From the BBC:

He or she will one day be head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and subsequently head of state of the UK and, subject to approval by the Commonwealth, 15 other countries.

We share a very few possibilities for maternity wear should things progress well for Kate and the baby. (Omitting obvious considerations, like custom pieces from Kate’s favorite labels, McQueen, Temperley, etc..) This is merely a less-than-cursory glance at a few brands Kate might consider, almost all British labels. One is 9 London.

9 London

Below, a pair of straight leg jeans by 9 London, a denim skirt by Isabella Oliver is seen on the right.

Harrod’s/Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver makes perfect sense. Among other things, the company received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in 2010. Additional styles from the brand: the Urban Ruched dress is seen on the left, Lulu Lace maternity dress in the center, we show the Olivia dress on the right.

Isabella Olivor

A final three from this brand, all in a jersey knit not unlike Kate’s multiple Issa London frocks: the Florence Maternity Dress in a very royal blue, Tie Knot dress in the center, on the right we show the Willow frock.

Isabella Oliver

A final British brand for the day, Tiffany Rose. The satin ribbon is a bit twee, but Kate could easily replace that with a grosgrain ribbon or other embellishment that is more her style. From left to right: the Twilight in black, Amelia in a lacy style, Anastasia in deep blue, and Chloe in vintage rose lace.

Tiffany Rose

Two denim manufacturers that Kate favors offer maternity styles, we show the J. Brand Maternity Skinny Jeans (L) and the Paige Denim Maternity Verdugo Skinny Jeans (R).

J. Brand/Paige Denim

As fun as it might be to contemplate maternity wear it seems a little frivolous at this juncture with Kate hospitalized.

A note about Kate’s calendar, there are reports she won’t be making her next three scheduled appearances, Wednesday’s ICAP Charity Day, Saturday’s Winter Whites Gala and the British Military Tournament on Sunday. (For details on these three events, as well as future engagements, just click the tab above titled “Kate’s Calendar“.)


  40 Responses to ““The Duke & Duchess Are Expecting a Baby,” Kate Hospitalized, Possible Maternity Styles”

  1. I see at the British Monarchy website that Sarah Burton, who designed Kate’s wedding gown, has received the OBE award! In the photo of her (in the Latest Royal Images file) with the Prince of Wales at the investiture, she herself is hugely pregnant, so she may be the perfect designer for Kate who shares her “delicate condition.”

    Congratulations to Sarah!

  2. Of all the weeks in the year, my computer breaks down this week! I can’t believe I’ve missed so much! But am happy for them!

  3. Hyperemesis gravidus can destroy a marriage unless the husband understands what is going on and helps. Kate will have plenty of help. I didn’t have help or even support when I had HG, and my marriage failed.
    But the baby was healthy and is now 50 years old with very healthy children of his own. Good luck to Catherine!

  4. I am so happy for both of them. I feel so sorry for Kate that she has to good through that sickness. Hope she gets better. I wonder if they are picking any names yet for the baby? I wonder if the baby will be as pretty as Kate? I give her me best. :-)

  5. So very excited for both of them!!! They will make wonderful parents no doubt. I wish her well as HG sounds terrible.

  6. I know it’s terrible to speculate, but I just want to say I totally called this the day before the announcement. I know my Kate! And also a huge, huge congratulations from the Commonwealth (hehe) of Virginia! :)

    Fantastic job picking out the maternity pieces- you should be a stylist for the Duchess! Loved them all; they look comfortable, chic, and totally her style. I also love that you picked out a whole wardrobe’s worth, from coats to dresses and jeans. Great work! :)

    • I know right. I wish I could have somewhat like that to help with my style. You really have a great and tough job.

  7. I am so happy for them ! A big adventure begins ! I hope that Kate will soon get over these sicknesses and enjoy her pregnancy.
    Very good timing regarding the Diamond Jubilee.

    By the way I like very much the Tiffany Rose’s Anastasie deep blue dress : simple and very elegant, but I am afraid, not really Kate’s style (more CP Mary’s style)

  8. This is great news for William and Kate. There is nothing like becoming parents. A wonderful journey!

    Having had garden-variety morning sickness with both of my pregnancies, I am so sorry she has to deal with HG. It sounds awful, and scary and serious. She, of course, will receive the best of care, so with any luck, maybe it will subside for her earlier, rather than later. Here’s hoping she can enjoy some of her pregnancy instead of suffering through it!

  9. It’s wonderful news for the royal couple and heartfelt congratulations go out to them, however, I for one am not at all concerned that the Duchess has cancelled appointments. I’d be happy for her to slip off the radar for the duration just so long as she and the baby are safe.

    Here’s to the good health of the Duchess and her family!

  10. Congratulations our most beautiful woman. I love you sooooooo much and Iam happy because of the great news I have heard. your baby will be sooooooooo cute. iam so exited to see her or him. God bless you, your husband and your Baby ………. Love you and waiting to see the baby…
    Congratulations From Egypt <3

  11. I wish the rest of the media would read this! last night I was so upset when an announcer said, “funny how royals get hospitalized for morning sickness when the rest of us just need to wait it out” — grrr. Poor Kate.

  12. Hello. I can’t believe when I read the news. Congratulations for both of them. William must be veeeeery anxious.
    I love the Florence Maternity Dress, Tie Knot dress, Willow frock and the Twilight, Amelia, Anastasia and Chloe dresses. I jus can’t imagine Kate exposing her baby bump in the majority of these clothes, I guess she will hide it like Diana did. In every case, I love the clothes and I will love to see her wearing them. But I guess we will have to wait, because all her engagementes were cancelled, and the chance she will have to wear something like that will be in the Hobbit premiere, but she will no longer be there, so…

    • I’ll be interested to see if Kate wears styles that conceal or flaunt her “baby bump”… You are absolutely right that Diana wore clothing that concealed her stomach, but her pregnancies were during the 80′s. The current trend is to celebrate the bump in figure-hugging clothing like we see here. Of course, I’m not sure what will be considered appropriate at professional engagements.

      However, as others have stated, I’m much more concerned that Kate and baby are healthy. She can wear the Mulberry Love and Peace frock every day if she likes, for all I care!!! ;)

  13. What a sparkly announcement! Wonderful news that the Duke and Duchess are expecting a little bundle of delight! I do, however, feel sorry for Catherine experiencing such a degree of morning sickness. I hope it soon subsides, and that everyone in the family can start to fully enjoy this precious and exciting time! No doubt, it will add extra zest to their festivities this Christmas :)

    Love your selection of possible maternity-wear! Very elegant, with really beautiful tailoring. The odd bow can be a lovely touch, but I do tend to agree that satin might not be as chic as other trims. It will be lovely to see what she chooses to wear, and it’s so nice to see everyone’s respectful good wishes on this fab site! :)

  14. I am so freaking happy for her! I knew it.!! I hope her morning sickness ain’t too bad and im praying for her and the duke. what a beautiful babe they will have. God bless them both!

  15. This post is the reason I always check this site for royal news- you always provide great (and as others have said, tactful) information on the Duchess’s fashion and major life events, but never with the voyeuristic feel of gossip columns. Carry on the good work! I’m in the middle of my first trimester now, and as I have heard pregnancy rumors this past week I could hardly imagine how hard it would be to deal with morning sickness (even the regular kind) while maintaining the composure that Kate does at all of her engagements. She’s in my prayers tonight as she gets through this tough phase. Thanks for keeping us updated!

  16. Thank you for your great post! There are literally hundreds of other blogs about Kate and the royals in general, but I always come back to WKW for good, informed posts and tactful commentary.

    I love the maternity styles you suggested. I am excited to see her clothing choices in the months ahead, and not to mention “what baby wore!”
    I know we all wish her the best!
    Thanks WKW!

  17. Lovely news, but I’ve known people who suffered from HG, and this is very serious. I hope she doesn’t end up coping with it throughout her pregnancy. That’s no way to await the birth of a child.

    I love the maternity wear suggestions, except for the items with bows. I like sleek, sophisticated maternity clothing, not the traditional bows that seem to appear on far too many items made for the expectant lady.

    We’ll hope the Duchess recovers in good health from this bad bout with the worst of morning sickness experiences and that we’ll be able to enjoy with her choosing clothes to wear for the next 7 months or so.

  18. Definitely exciting news. I hope Kate has a smooth pregnancy and that she and William are able to enjoy this special time. I also can’t help but think of Diana since she is missing yet another significant event in William’s life.

  19. Like others, my happiness at this news is tempered by learning of Kate’s illness. I hope that her HG is soon over, or at least able to be easily managed through treatment. Given how conscientious she seems, I am sure that she is not only concerned about maintaining her health for the sake of her baby, but also about not disappointing others by missing engagements. Kate, take whatever time you need to take care of yourself and if that means you are unable to carry on engagements for your entire pregnancy then so be it! I do hope that the media are sensitive enough to give she and William some privacy at this time.

  20. So exciting, but I feel bad for them that they didn’t get to keep it a secret longer. However, those skinny pregnancy jeans just hurt to look at them.

    • My thoughts exactly!! I love my skinnies, but I’ve found that they hurt just after indulging in Chinese takeout… I can’t even imagine putting them on while pregnant!!

  21. I posted last week that I thought she was pregnant, and it was for precisely this reason. Having suffered from serious morning sickness myself, in the photos from the rugby game, there was just something about her appearance that made me think she was suffering from it too.

    Twice I had to give talks at national conferences while at the worst of the sickness, so I sympathize with and admire her ability to get through the public appearances she has made.

    I hope her symptoms ease up enough to eventually enjoy her pregnancy. I was fortunate in that regard, but I had friends who suffered the entire pregnancy.

  22. congratulations to kate and william and i do hope she soon gets well! she’s going to look as stylish as ever during her pregnancy!

  23. Congratulations and best wishes to the Duke and Duchess—what exciting news!!

  24. Oh, wonderful news! And these are great styles for Kate to wear during the upcoming months. Sweet!

  25. A wonderful announcement and what a great way to deal with it in what is normally a very light hearted blog. I’ll be praying for the health and safety of Kate and their baby.

  26. Well said! I feel so badly for her not only having to deal with the media frenzy the pregnancy is bound to cause, and then she is inflicted with such an awful beginning to her pregnancy. I hope she feels better soon.

    But I too, can’t wait to see her maternity style. I have a feeling she won’t be one of those women who shows off the “bump” every chance they get – I think she will wear clothes that flatter or hide it more than anything.

  27. Thank you so very much for posting a link to, and for posting a bit on what not to say to a woman with HG. I was ill with HG in my pregnancy, from weeks 5-30, and I lost 25lbs in my first trimester alone. I too, was hospitalized many times, and weekly outpatient infusions were the only think that kept me hydrated. It is a terrible condition, and I was unable to tend to my most basic needs. Moreover, the research shows that women diagnosed with HG have an 80% recurring diagnosis with each subsequent pregnancy. There is also research that shows that 30% of women with HG choose to terminate their pregnancies to aleviate symptoms of HG. (Links to the studies I mention can be found through the site.) HG is truly a serious illness, with profound psychological effects, and women with HG need to be surrounded with supportive and educated friends and family.

    Blessings to Kate, and the new royal baby! Kindest regards from a loyal WKW fan.

  28. Susan, an excellent and gracious way to handle this. I know I am sending good thoughts Kate’s way. HG sounds positively awful.

  29. I feel bad that they had to announce this early because of Kate’s hospitalization. I hope she’s okay, and I really hope that she and the baby stay healthy. Thank you for this lovely, thoughtful and tactful post, Susan. I am a long-time follower and I appreciate all the work you put into the blog and how much you stress that it doesn’t matter what we think of what Kate wears!

    That said, I’m also looking forward to some lovely maternity clothes, and I will keep Kate and William in my thoughts, along with the rest of the world.

  30. So excited for the couple! And so many prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby! Although health always come first, I cannot wait to see Kate’s maternity style. Please keep us update on her health!

  31. Indeed it’s such cheerful news! Happy for the royal couple. Best wishes!

  32. Wills, Kate, and this precious baby are in my prayers!

  33. I hope she and the baby pull through this! Morning sickness is terrible by itself; I can’t imagine having a more heightened version while also being the subject of worldwide scrutiny. *shivers*

  34. As usual, I’m impressed by the fabulous suggestions and insight, as well as your tactful commentary on the matter Susan. Looking forward to some fabulous maternity wear!

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