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Alex Salmond congratulates William and Kate

Leader of the SNP Alex Salmond has congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after it was announced they are expecting their second child. Mr Salmond used their Scottish titles to send his 'best wishes' to the couple.

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Kate 'has not passed 12-week stage'

Kate is not believed to be past the 12-week stage Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

It is understood that Kate's pregnancy has not passed the 12-week stage - a similar position to when she was struck by the illness when in the early stages of her first pregnancy.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said the Duchess's attendance at future events would be decided on a 'case by case' basis.

Kate is scheduled to be among the guests at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in London on Wednesday evening along with William, Harry and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

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Bookies fancy second son for Kate and William

Prince George is likely to be joined by a little brother, according to the latest odds from bookies.

Prince George will soon be a big brother. Credit: PA Wire

Ladbrokes make it 4/5 that the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to another boy in early 2015.

James is the early favourite to be the name of choice at 6/1, with Arthur and Victoria following just behind at 8/1.

Charles, Thomas and Alexandra are also high up in the odds.

Early predictions on Royal births are not always accurate - the odds on George were 10/1 prior to the future King's birth last year.

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Ed Miliband: Fantastic George will be a big brother

Labour leader Ed Miliband says it is "fantastic to hear that Prince George will soon be a big brother" following news the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child.

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William and Kate expecting second child

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child, the Palace has confirmed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA Wire

A statement said: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child."

New royal baby will be fourth in line to throne

The new royal baby will be born fourth in line to the throne. As a sibling to Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child will not be expected to be crowned sovereign.

But second-born royal children - often dubbed the 'spare to heir' - have on occasion ended up as monarch.

The country's last king, George VI, was not meant to accede to the throne and only did so when his older brother Edward VIII abdicated over his love for American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936.

Kate's first pregnancy was revealed when she was just a few weeks pregnant after she was admitted to hospital suffering from severe morning sickness in December 2012.

Hyperemesis gravidarum, which affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnancies, causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, called ketosis.

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