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Diana got pregnant just four months after her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. She also reportedly suffered from morning sickness for months and complained of constant media attention.

“The whole world is watching my stomach,” Diana once said.

She gave birth to William in 1982 after 16 hours of labor. At his birth, William was given a baby tag marked ‘Baby Wales’ and a 41-gun salute was fired in Hyde Park and the Tower of London.

In September 1983, roughly a year after the birth of William, Buckingham Palace announced that Diana was pregnant for a second time. However, within a week, Diana suffered a miscarriage when on holiday at Balmoral, Scotland.

In 1984, she became pregnant again and gave birth to Harry.

American tabloid speculation of Kate’s pregnancy has been rampant for months. One newspaper even cited anonymous sources talking about Kate’s hormone levels. Others have focused on the first signs of the royal bump.

The palace said the royal family was “delighted” by the news. British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted he got a heads-up about the pregnancy, saying he found the news “quite difficult” to keep to himself and expressing his confidence the duo will make “absolutely brilliant parents.”

The leaders of Britain and the 15 former colonies that have the monarch as their head of state agreed in 2011 to new rules which give females equal status with males in the order of succession.

Although none of the nations had legislated the change as of September, the British Cabinet Office confirmed that this is now the de-facto rule.

Those changes make Kate’s pregnancy all the more significant for the royal family, according to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine.

“This is the first child who will be an heir to the throne whatever sex they are,” she said. “It’s a new beginning.”

Graham Smith of anti-monarchy group Republic called Kate’s pregnancy a “private, personal matter” for her and William, saying the flood of media coverage was disproportionate.

“We’ve heard today that our future head of state is on the way. It’s a pretty bizarre way of choosing someone for public office,” he said.

On the couple’s tour of Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in September, William reportedly said he hoped he and Kate would have two children.

In the chilly night air at London’s Camden market, concert goers and shoppers seemed surprised by the news — though all agreed that it had been widely anticipated.

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