Kate Middleton Is Pregnant, Royal Palace Announces

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 3 2012 11:12 AM

Everyone Freak Out: Kate Middleton Is Pregnant!

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a bouquet of flowers by Jamie Andrew, 7, during her visit to Peterborough City Hospital on Nov. 28, 2012

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Prince William and Kate Middleton (or Duchess Catherine, as she is now known in circles that we are clearly not part of) are expecting their first child, the Royal Palace announced Monday.

Tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic had been speculating for the past few weeks that the duchess was pregnant, but the official confirmation is likely to launch the latest media frenzy around everyone's favorite royal couple.

Here's an early sampling of the apparently earth-shaking news, from the BBC:

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And ABC News:

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To the Daily Mail:

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And TMZ:

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.