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British Press Reacts to the Royal Pregnancy

There was a lather of excitement Tuesday in papers such as The Times, Daily Mail and The Sun.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Photo By Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE PRESS REACTS: The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her first child, and suffering from a case of severe, acute morning sickness, naturally sent the British — and global — press into a frenzy. 

British newspapers had headlines ranging from “Kate Expectations” and “Nappy & Glorious” in The Sun to “We’re Expecting” in the Times. The Daily Telegraph asked, “Could it be twins for Kate?” while the Guardian led with “We’ve got something to tell you; Queen — and world — find out Kate is pregnant.”

One can only imagine with the American celebrity tabloids will do.

The Daily Mail featured a picture of William stepping from the hospital into a waiting car next to one of Catherine taken last week with the headline “A Nation’s Joy, A Husband’s Nerves” and subhead “Anxious William at pregnant Kate’s bedside as she’s put on a drip at hospital” in a “Royal Baby Special Edition.”

Inside, six double-page spreads were given over to aspects of the news and the Mail revealed that members of the Royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, were only made aware of the news less than an hour before the statement was released at 4 p.m. by St. James’s Palace. It is believed that the Duke and Duchess had hoped to keep the pregnancy a secret until the whole family was gathered at Sandringham on Christmas Day, but with Kate being admitted to the hospital at barely eight weeks the couple had “little choice but to make the announcement,” the paper said.

Further coverage inside the Mail featured pieces on how Catherine’s medical condition, hyperemesis gravidarum, happens to one in 50 women and can point to the mother carrying twins. Hannah Betts wrote that the Duchess’ new bangs, revealed last week, were a giveaway that she was expecting. There is comment on the fact that, regardless of the baby’s gender, it will become the monarch due to new changes to the rules of succession; speculation over potential names (Elizabeth or John are the favorites), and a look back at the couple’s trip to Cambridge last week, where William was presented with a onesie with the words “Daddy’s little copilot” and responded with the words, “I’ll keep that.” There’s also a feature on the couple’s history together and a headline that read “Finally, William’s getting what he’s always craved — normal family life” — among other biographical pieces about Kate and a column on royal maternity style.

Inside the Sun, the tabloid asked, “Did it happen on Isle tour?” referring to the couple’s recent royal tour in Southeast Asia, and there is a countdown of who is in line for the throne. There’s also a mock-up of what the baby could look like. The Times considered how its upbringing will differ from that of his forbearers, while the Telegraph said that the announcement came early because of fears that the news would break over Twitter.

On Tuesday afternoon, as Prince William was visiting the Duchess, the Evening Standard reported that details had emerged that William had driven Catherine from her parents’ house, where they were staying, to the hospital on Monday after they became concerned at her repeated vomiting. The Daily Mail’s Web site suggested that Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and Prince Harry would be named godparents when the baby is born, and featured images by U.S. forensic artist Joe Mullins, who has created images of what the child will possibly look like.

Just wait until the baby is actually born.

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