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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.

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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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.

Prince William to attend Oxford event after news of second child

Kate was due to join William in formally opening Oxford University's £21 million centre dedicated to the study of China. He will still attend, as planned, Kensington Palace said.

The announcement that the couple are expecting their second child comes two months after Prince George turned one. The third-in-line to the throne was born on July 22 last year to a worldwide fanfare.

Kate suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum with her last pregnancy and is suffering from the very acute morning sickness again, meaning she may need extra hydration, medication and nutrients.

The couple's second child will become fourth in line to the throne, shifting Prince Harry further down the line of succession.

The Duchess of Cambridge's announcement will throw into doubt whether she will be able to attend her first solo overseas tour, set to take place in Malta later this month.

Duchess suffering from morning sickness

The Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from morning sickness Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from severe morning sickness, the palace has said, after announcing her second pregnancy. The Duchess was admitted to hospital during her first pregnancy when she was carrying Prince George

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