Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting a third baby [Getty]
A statement from the palace read: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
The news comes after months of hints that the mum-to-be and Prince William were ready for royal baby number three.
Kensington Palace confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child [Kensington Palace/Twitter]
According to Betfair, the bets have already begun rolling in. A spokesperson for the betting site said: “Following this morning’s announcement of baby number three for Kate and William, we have Alice and Victoria as 10/1 favourites if the child is a girl and Arthur and Henry also at 10/1 as favourites for a boy.
“Alice could be one to watch out for if the child is a girl, as when Kate was pregnant with Charlotte, Alice was heavily backed by punters and went from 50/1 into the 5/2 favourite at one stage.
They continued: “As the world marks 20 years since the death of the Princess of Wales, Diana is at 20/1, while Elizabeth and Phillip are both at 16/1 and Charles 33/1.”
And concluded: “Carole, the name of Kate’s mother is a 100/1 outsider, as is that of Camilla.”
Here’s how to odds stand to date:
What traditional name will Prince William and Kate Middleton go for next? [Getty] Royal baby boy names
Arthur, Henry 10/1
Albert, Frederick 14/1
Alexander, James, Philip 16/1
Edward, William 25/1
Alfred, Andrew, Charles 33/1
Royal baby girl names
The couple named the Princess Charlotte, a traditional royal name [Getty]
Victoria, Alice 10/1
Mary, Alexandra 12/1
Olivia, Elizabeth 16/1
Catherine/Kate, Frances, Diana 20/1
Kate and Wills are expecting baby number three [Getty]
Of course, the little one could end up with quite a few of these monikers.
After all, Princess Charlotte’s full name is quite the mouthful, as is her brother George’s real name, who will also be adopting a new surname ahead of starting school this September.