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Smiling Kate looks relaxed during visit to Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at an oil refinery in Wales in their first visit to the country since the announcement that they are expecting their second child.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William visit Wales. Credit: PA

William and Kate, who used to live in Anglesey, will tour the Valero Pembroke Refinery on the Pembrokeshire coast.

The couple have a number of engagements this month after Kate, who is 15 weeks pregnant, returned to royal duties in late October as her extreme morning sickness eased.

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Duchess cancels Malta visit due to morning sickness

The Duchess of Cambridge will not visit Malta this weekend because she is still suffering from acute morning sickness, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Duchess of Cambridge will not travel to Malta. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire/PA Images

The visit to Malta was going to be Kate's first solo overseas visit but Prince William will now take her place.

Kate has been forced to miss several recent public engagements since it was revealed the Royal couple are expecting their second child.

Her Royal Highness continues to suffer from the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The decision not to travel was taken by the Duke and Duchess on the advice of the Duchess's doctors. The Duke is honoured to represent Her Majesty The Queen on the visit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta's Independence.

– Kensington Palace spokesperson

Duchess to miss opening ceremony of Invictus Games

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is suffering from acute morning sickness, will not attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games this evening or the athletics event tomorrow.

The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child. Credit: PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced earlier this week that they are expecting their second baby.

"The Duchess of Cambridge will not attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games this evening or the Athletics event tomorrow," a Kensington Palace statement said.

"The Duchess's attendance on the forthcoming visit to Malta will be kept under review and a decision taken closer to the time."

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Prince Charles reveals he's hoping for a granddaughter

Prince Charles is hoping the Duchess of Cambridge has a daughter Credit: PA Wire

The Prince of Wales has revealed he is hoping for a granddaughter.

Charles said it was "splendid" news that the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child.

When congratulated on becoming a grandfather during a visit to Bermondsey, south London, he said: "I am already. But it's wonderful to be a grandfather again. I'm looking forward to it - but I hope it will be a girl this time."

Read more: Charles: Kate's pregnancy 'splendid'

Charles: Kate's pregnancy 'splendid'

Prince Charles excited about becoming a grandfather for a second time Credit: PA Wire

The Prince of Wales said it was 'splendid' news that he was to become a grandfather for the second time.

During a visit to an upholstery studio in Bermondsey, south London, Charles said: 'What did i do?' when congratulated on the news about the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy.

He added: 'It hasn't arrived yet - (but) splendid, we're very excited'.

Read: Crowds congratulate William as Kate expecting second baby

HG sufferer: 'You worry how you are going to survive'

A mother who also suffered from the same problems in pregnancy as Kate Middleton said the extreme morning sickness she suffered left her worrying how she would survive.

Amanda Shortman told Good Morning Britain she was bedridden by hyperemesis gravidarum by the sixth week of her pregnancy and eventually lost over 10% of her pre-pregnancy weight because of the condition.

Kate's sickness could be worse than first pregnancy

The Duchess of Cambridge could face worse sickness during her second pregnancy than her first, experts have said.

Kate is being treated by doctors at her Kensington Palace home for hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare condition which causes severe vomiting during pregnancy.

The Duchess of Cambridge is is being treated by doctors at her Kensington Palace home. Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire

It is the same illness which led the Duchess to be treated in hospital for three nights in December 2012 while she was pregnant with Prince George.

"It's highly likely that if you have had it before you will have it again and it's generally worse in subsequent pregnancies. It starts earlier and is usually more severe," Nicola James, trustee of the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support, said.

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