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Kate Middleton to Remain in the Hospital 'Several Days' More

John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton is spending her second day at King Edward VII Hospital in London after she was admitted on Monday following the announcement of her pregnancy.  And she may have to stay there at least several more days.

The Clarence House confirmed to ABC News that Kate will be in the hospital for "several days," and will then require a "period of rest" battling severe morning sickness.

Prince William has been the only member of the royal family seen visiting Kate in the hospital.  William departed the hospital Monday night around 8 p.m. before arriving again Tuesday morning to be at his wife's bedside.

A palace source told ABC News that the royal couple decided to go public with the pregnancy because Kate had to be hospitalized.

"Well they didn't want to let it out because she's still probably about the 10-week mark but they knew that once Kate was seen going into the hospital… that it was going to be out of their hands and then the media would have control of the announcement," Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, told ABC's Good Morning America.

William and Kate were spending time with her parents in Bucklebury when she became ill with the symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute nausea.

Prince William sprung into action and drove his wife along with their personal security team 50 miles in their Range River to the hospital where Kate was placed on an IV drip.

The royal family was only notified of Kate's pregnancy mere hours before the rest of the world.

"They quickly told the queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and then they made the announcement at 4 o'clock yesterday," Seward told GMA on Tuesday.

The announcement follows relentless public and media speculation about when Prince William and his wife would have an heir.  The guessing game began almost immediately after the couple said, "I do" in April 2011.

It's customary for the royal couple to have a child within the first year of marriage.  Princess Diana gave birth to William just 11 months after her wedding, and the queen gave birth to Prince Charles six days before her first wedding anniversary.

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Princess Diana Set Royal Motherhood Example for Kate Middleton

Tim Graham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The world is abuzz with the news that Kate Middleton is expecting her first child.

The news has delighted royal watchers, who have been speculating feverishly about a royal pregnancy since Middleton married Britain’s Prince William on April 29, 2011.

If the 30-year-old Middleton has any doubts about how to embrace motherhood in the coming months, she can follow the example set by Princess Diana, William’s late mother.

Royal watchers say Diana set the gold standard for mothering a future monarch.

“Diana lavished her boys with affection and she was truly a loving parent, which in many ways broke the mold for traditional royal parenting,” Kate Coyne of People magazine told ABC's Good Morning America.

Diana was just 20 years old when she announced she was pregnant with William, her first child.  The announcement came in November 1981, just three months after Diana wed Prince Charles in a wedding watched by an estimated 750 million people around the world.

Their older son’s wedding eclipsed that.  It was seen by a worldwide television audience of about two billion people.

Diana was thrilled to give birth to a royal child, but she wanted to do it in a modern way.

William was the first royal baby to be born in a hospital.  Diana reportedly was in labor for 16 hours before she gave birth to him at St. Mary’s Hospital.  She followed a natural childbirth plan, which included sucking ice, and Charles was by her side during her delivery.

From the very beginning, Diana insisted on keeping her infant son by her side.

“Prince William was the first royal baby brought along on a royal trip,” Coyne said, adding that Diana “insisted that she bring him.  She would not leave him behind and one of the reasons was that she was breastfeeding -- also unheard of in the royal family up until that time.”

Two years later, when she gave birth to Harry, Diana’s hands-on mothering style didn’t change.  She regularly played educational games with her young sons in their nursery, and was actively involved in dropping them off and picking them up from school in London.

Diana also opposed the tradition of sending off her sons to boarding school.

“In the royal family, children as young as 6 and 7 were sent away to boarding school, but that was not OK with Diana,” Coyne said

Diana would go on to take her sons to such kid-favorite haunts as McDonald’s in later years, notably insisting that William wait his turn in line to order.  She also took her boys to amusement parks, famously going on rides with them.

Her goal?  To give her children as normal a childhood as possible.

Years later, the princes would call Diana the best mother in the world.

Kate has some big maternal shoes to fill, but royal watchers predict she is up to the job.

“I think William and Kate’s parenting styles might be similar to what Diana did,” royal watcher Victoria Arbiter said.  “And I think William and Kate are really going to follow that model and do everything they can to ensure as normal a childhood as possible, while at the same time behind the scenes educating their child for their future role.”

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North Korea’s First Lady Appears Pregnant

Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Is a fourth generation Kim in sight for North Korea's ruling family?

In film footage released this week, first lady Ri Sol-Ju appeared for the first time in two months with a visible baby bump.  Ri and her husband Kim Jong Un were filmed together at a musical concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the Kim Il Sung Military University.

Kim is the grandson of the communist nation’s founder Kim Il Sung.  He took power following his father Kim Jong Il’s death in December.

Speculation had been swirling that Ri was either pregnant or put under house arrest for her excessive cheerful attitude in public.  The rumor was that the state elders preferred a more conservative wife for their young leader who is believed to be 29 or 30 years old, according to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo.

Ri had been seen on North Korean media during the summer with her husband in state events.  Her sense of fashion -- colorful suits, polka-dot dresses, heels and even a Christian Dior bag -- and public display of affection, like holding hands or walking arm-in-arm with the leader, had surprised North Korean watchers.

But just when all were wondering where the ex-singer-turned-first lady had gone, she came back wearing an elegant knee-length cream jacket with matching strap covering her belly bump.  It may be her second child as there are rumors that the couple already have a son or daughter.

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Is Kate Middleton Pregnant?

Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- Days before Kate Middleton and Prince William's April 29th anniversary, the rumor mill is rampant with speculation that Middleton, 30, might be pregnant with a royal heir.

People magazine devoted the cover of its latest issue to the topic, citing palace sources in reporting that the couple has put plans for an upcoming trip to Africa on hold – the vaccinations Middleton would need are dangerous for a fetus, the magazine reports – and have “babies on the brain.”

But others are quick to deny those rumors.

“Kate is not pregnant or about to make a pregnancy announcement,” a source close to Middleton told Us Weekly magazine.

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Will and Kate Appearance Births Pregnancy Rumors at Charity Concert

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton marked another first in their nine-month marriage by stepping out Tuesday night in London for an official double date with William’s father, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles.

While the occasion was a rock concert at Royal Albert Hall to benefit the charities of Charles, William and younger brother, Harry, all eyes were on Middleton, specifically whether she may be expecting the couple’s first child.

The 29-year-old Duchess of Cambridge braved the cold and windy London night in a short, $99 lace tulip dress by mass retailer Zara, along with black tights, suede pumps and a blazer by Ralph Lauren.

“It was slightly racy for Kate,” said ABC News’ royal correspondent Kate Nicholl.  “At points she did look like she was trying to push the hemline down.”

When not adjusting her dress, Middleton held a black clutch in front of her stomach at all times while posing for pictures with William, Prince Charles and Camilla, setting off a renewed round of speculation that she’s with child.

“It’s going to happen.  We all know it’s inevitable,” Nicholl said of the likelihood England will soon welcome another generation royal.

The pregnancy rumors surrounding Kate and William first began in November when Middleton politely passed on sampling peanut paste during the couple’s visit to a Denmark UNICEF distribution center.

Pregnant women are often advised to avoid peanut products to prevent allergies in their babies-to-be.  The palace did nothing to squash the immediate pregnancy speculation then when they confirmed to the press that Middleton is not allergic to peanuts.

Later in November, U.S. celebrity magazine In Touch, citing a “palace insider,” reported Middleton was six weeks pregnant.  In that case, the palace was quick to deny the claims.

“We would be the ones to make the announcement, not Hollywood,” the couple’s spokesman told ABC News then. “This is all complete speculation.”

Despite the palace’s denial, the rumor mill was further fanned by the pair’s decision to trade their modest two-bedroom London apartment for more opulent accommodations, and action taken by the British parliament to change the country succession rules to allow females to more readily become the head of the monarchy. The change means any potential female child of the couple could potentially be queen someday.

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New Report Claims Britain’s Kate Middleton Is Pregnant

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, are apparently preparing for a royal heir.

According to In Touch magazine, Middleton -- who captivated people around the world when she married Prince William in April -- is six weeks pregnant.

Citing a "palace insider" who allegedly has been right on other royal secrets revealed, the magazine said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are readying three nurseries for their child.

As for a name, the insider told In Touch that the couple want something “traditional.”

“Edward, Philip and Michael are likely choices for a boy, or Alice or Rose for a girl,” the magazine quoted the source as saying.

The prince reportedly wants a baby girl, In Touch claims.

The royal palace has said it would announce the news of any pregnancy, and has a policy of not commenting on such rumors.

Of course, this is not the first rumor of a royal pregnancy.  On a visit to a United Nations aid depot in Copenhagen earlier this month, Middleton, 29, politely declined to try peanut paste, sparking speculation that she was pregnant.

Doctors and government experts have long urged pregnant women to stay away from peanuts and their by-products in order to avoid allergies.

And the pair’s recent decision to trade their modest two-bedroom London apartment for more opulent accommodations has further fanned the rumor mill.

Just last month, the British parliament changed the country’s succession rules -- in place for more than 300 years -- to allow females to more readily become the head of the monarchy.  Any potential female child of the couple could then be queen. Prior to the rule change, females could ascend to the throne only if they had no male siblings.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was said to have initiated the change in the rules so that the first child of Prince William and Middleton could benefit.

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Is Kate Middleton Pregnant? More Signs Emerge

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors continue to flourish.

First, Prince William's wife would not eat peanut paste, a food that expectant mothers are commonly told to stay away from.  Now, the 29-year-old royal was photographed holding and rubbing her stomach.

Kate was visiting a UNICEF distribution center in Copenhagen, Denmark, last week, when a photo was taken showing her rubbing her midsection.

A witness at the UNICEF event told the UK's Daily Mail, "It was very odd.  Kate would not stop touching her tummy -- it was very noticeable.  She continually patted it and held her hands against it.  She must have been doing it without realizing, and at one point she had both her hands cradling her stomach."

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Kate Middleton Sparks Pregnancy Rumors

Mike Marsland/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton’s refusal to eat peanut paste during a royal appearance in Copenhagen is sparking rumors that she may be pregnant with a little peanut herself.

Cameras caught Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, politely declining to sample a bite of peanut paste as she and Prince William visited a United Nations aid depot in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Doctors and government experts have long urged pregnant women to stay away from peanuts and their bi-products to avoid allergies.

While her husband and hosts, the Danish Crown Prince and his wife, dug into the paste, a staple of UNICEF packages handed out in areas suffering from famine, Kate said no.  Reports say she also gave her husband a knowing look as he examined the paste’s packaging and label.

Adding to the speculation is the reaction from the Palace, which is normally mum on all matters Kate.

“Her spokesman went out of their way to stress that she has no nut allergy whatsoever,” Duncan Larcombe, royal editor for The Sun, told ABC News.

Also fanning the rumor mill is the timing of a potential pregnancy for Kate.

Just last week, the British parliament changed the country’s succession rules –  in place for more than 300 years — to allow females to become the head of the monarchy. In other words, if Kate is indeed pregnant, and it’s a girl, the baby could be Queen.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was said to have initiated the change in the rules so that the first child of William and Kate could benefit regardless of the sex.

Kate’s headline-making “no” to the peanut paste came as she and William made their official overseas humanitarian trip. While in Copenhagen, the newlywed royals learned more about the situation in drought-stricken East Africa, toured the UN facility and even pitched in to help pack cardboard boxes of supplies.

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French President's Wife Reportedly Expecting

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- This has been a momentous week for French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

First, he learned that International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his likely rival in next year's national election, was arrested in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

Now, comes word that Sarkozy is going to be a dad again.

While the 56-year-old French leader hasn't publicly commented on the report, Germany's Bild newspaper says that it got the scoop from Sarkozy's father, who claimed that his son's wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is indeed pregnant with the couple's first child.

Sarkozy has three children from two previous marriages, while the 43-year-old Bruni-Sarkozy has a son from an earlier relationship.

Most political pundits in France say that the first lady being pregnant can only enhance her husband's reelection chances, which haven't looked too promising -- at least not until this week.

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