Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby, the palace confirmed Monday.
They did not say how far along she was, though these types of announcements are typically after the first three months.
Members of both families are “delighted,” the palace said.
Kate has been hospitalized with acute morning sickness, Clarence House said.
“She is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter,” a statement read.
News spread like wildfire throughout social media, crashing the royal couple’s website.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty both took to Twitter to extend their congratulations to the royal couple.
Laureen and I congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wonderful news #royalbaby
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) December 3, 2012
Terri & I are delighted for parents-to-be, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Wishing health & happiness to their growing family #royalbaby
— Dalton McGuinty (@Dalton_McGuinty) December 3, 2012
Even Governor General David Johnston, who is currently in South America, heard the news and expressed his joy through social media.
The news has reached #Peru and Sharon and I are overjoyed to hear that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child.
— David Johnston (@GGDavidJohnston) December 3, 2012
William and Kate met at the University of St. Andrews in 2001. The couple were married on April 29, 2011 and their first international tour took them to Canada later that year.