Appearance: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge viewed a new portrait of Kate in London last Friday
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby is due in July, St James's Palace announced today.
Kate's condition is also continuing to improve following her stay in hospital last month for severe pregnancy-related sickness, a spokesman for the couple said.
The 31-year-old Duchess is believed to be around 13 to 14 weeks pregnant and confirmation of the birth month means it is likely she has now had her 12-week scan.
‘Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,’ a St James's Palace spokesman said.
‘The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.’
The announcement was made at 11am today by St James’s Palace, the traditional time of day for royal announcements.
The update is also further confirmation that Kate is expecting just one baby - after speculation that she might be carrying twins.
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Getting better: Prince William and the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge on December 6, pictured leaving the King Edward VII Hospital in central London, which had been treating Kate for acute morning sickness
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The Duchess was less than eight weeks pregnant and staying with her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, at their £4.85million country mansion in Berkshire when she fell ill at the beginning of December.
As her condition worsened and she began to become severely dehydrated, the decision was made to admit her to the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, central London, for treatment on December 3.
Doctors diagnosed her with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of pregnancy-related sickness.
Looking healthy: The Duchess of Cambridge was at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards at the ExCeL Arena in London last month
KATE'S PREGNANCY: A TIMELINE
Later that day the palace reluctantly announced details of her pregnancy, stressing that she was well under the crucial 12-week stage at which such pronouncements are normally made.
Although she and William had not wanted to make their happy news public at such an early stage, the couple felt they had no choice as her absence from public duties was likely to spark a flurry of speculation on social media and online.
Kate remained in hospital for three nights - leaving on December 6 - and cancelled all her forthcoming engagements, except for a surprise appearance at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in London, shortly before Christmas.
She and William also chose not to join the rest of the Royal Family for Christmas in favour of a quiet family celebration with the Middleton clan.
However they subsequently drove to Sandringham on Boxing Day to join the royals’ tradition pheasant shoot.
It is likely that Kate’s pregnancy will be monitored by the Queen’s current surgeon-gynaecologist, Alan Farthing, the former fiancée of murdered television presenter Jill Dando.
While Kate was in hospital last month, a nurse took a hoax phone call from two Australian radio DJs impersonating the Royal Family and put them through to the Duchess's ward.
The nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, was later found hanged on December 7.
Kate was last seen in public last Friday when she visited the National Portrait Gallery in London with William for the unveiling of her first official portrait.
She looked well and smiled during the brief appearance, with some commentators spotting the start of a slight baby bump.
If the new prince or princess arrives early, he or she could share a birthday with William's mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, born on July 1.
The due date looks likely to be around mid-July.
Royal sources said there were no plans for the Duchess to appear in public in the next few weeks but said she ‘hoped to resume engagements in the near future’.
But many of these are likely to be solo engagements, MailOnline understands, as Prince William will be concentrating on his flying with the RAF Search and Rescue Force for the first few months of the year.
Royal sources added that it was ‘too early to say’ where the baby would be born - but it is understood that the Queen’s Surgeon-Gynaecologist Marcus Setchell will be monitoring her pregnancy.
A spokesman also confirmed that, contrary to speculation, it was not a multiple pregnancy.
They declined to say whether the couple planned to find out the sex of the baby, although members of the royal family normally do not.
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