The British royal family announced Monday that royal baby number 2 is on the way.
“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news,” the statement from Buckingham Palace says.
The former Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting her second child with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and second in line to the British throne.
The couple, both 32, have a 1-year-old son, George, whose birth was widely covered by news organizations around the world, according to the New York Times.
The official British Monarchy Twitter account confirmed the announcement.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) September 8, 2014
The announcement also came as a result of the duchess having to pull out of an appearance in Oxford with William.
“As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum,” the statement says. “Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.”
Princess Kate has not passed her first trimester yet, as an official due date has not been announced.
“The couple only found out very recently. The Duchess has not even reached the crucial 12-week stage,” a senior royal source told Daily Mail’s MailOnline. “But when it became apparent that she was not well enough to join the Duke on a joint engagement in Oxford today and that the number of forthcoming engagements could be affected, the Duke and Duchess have taken the difficult decision to be fully open about the pregnancy.”
Prime Minister David Cameron sent his well wishes via Twitter Monday.
Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I'm delighted by the happy news that they're expecting another baby.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 8, 2014
As Britain’s future with Scotland looms in the background awaiting the Sept. 18 independence referendum, Scottish prime minister Alex Salmond clearly voiced his campaign for Scotland’s independence by using the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Scottish titles in his own congratulatory tweet.
Congratulations & best wishes to the Earl & Countess of Strathearn. Wonderful to hear they're expecting their second baby – very happy news!— Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) September 8, 2014
Just hours after the news was released, British oddsmakers began predicting the second royal baby’s gender and name.
According to ABC News, the odds of another prince joining the royal family are 4-5, while the most popular names bet are James as an early favorite and Arthur, Charles and Thomas following.
Prince Harry said he would “love to see him [William] try and cope” with having a girl while visiting competitors training for the inaugural Invictus Games for wounded and injured soldiers Monday, according to MailOnline.