Prince William and Kate Middleton (Photo credit: j-14.com)

LONDON – Its official, a royal baby is on the way for Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine.  The royal couple is expecting a baby, the prince’s office said on Monday.

The statement released from the office said, “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.”

It added that, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

Married in April last year, the couple, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, prompted global media frenzy with their much publicized romance and there has been much speculation about Catherine’s possible pregnancy.

Catherine, according to the statement has been suffering from a very acute morning sickness and was confined at the King Edward VII Hospital in Central London.  The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to remain there for a few days and is under required supplementary hydration and nutrients.

In the statement not much was told in detail about when the baby was due, but it made mention that the pregnancy was in its early stages.

Prime Minister David Cameron upon hearing the news said on his Twitter website, “I’m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby”

“They will make wonderful parents, he added”

The expected first child of the royal couple when he or she is born will be third in line to the British throne, since William, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth  is second in royal succession.

Britain and other Commonwealth countries last year agreed to change the rules of royal succession.  The change meant that the sons would no longer have precedence as heir, regardless of age.

A stipulation dating back 300 years banning a future monarch from marrying a Catholic also ended with the agreement.

The agreement also means an end to a ban on a future monarch marrying a Catholic, a stipulation dating back some 300 years.

The royal couple currently resides in north Wales.  The prince is a search and rescue pilot at the Royal Air Force.