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Punters 'bet on new royal baby's hair colour'

Punters are already placing bets on the most obscure details of the upcoming royal birth following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement.

People can predict the baby's hair colour, birth date and whether Kate and William will welcome triplets into the royal family.

Paddy Power are offering 6/4 that the baby's hair will be brown, ahead of fair (5/2), red (3/1) or black (5/1).

There are currently odds of 33/1 the Duchess will give birth to twins and 250/1 for triplets.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have described it as "the biggest novelty betting market of the year".

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William's 'baby hint' was dispelled by Kate's drinking

During their last overseas trip Prince William appeared to 'drop hints' that Prince George could soon have a younger sibling.

When Cynthia Read presented the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a lace shawl she had made for the young prince, William told her: "You might have to make another one soon."

The Duchess of Cambridge tastes some wine during a vineyard tour in New Zealand. Credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Wire

The presentation, on behalf of the New Zealand government, occurred during the couple’s sixth day of their royal tour.

The storm these comments made was quickly dispelled as the Duchess was seen shortly after enjoying a glass of wine and a white water boat ride.

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.

Kate's engagements to be decided 'case by case'

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 with William, Harry and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

The Palace will not confirm the Duchess' attendance at events this week. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

The following day she is due to attend a solemn Drumhead service at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with the Duke and Harry, and later with William to watch Invictus competitors taking part in matches and heats.

A spokesman said: "We will be planning this on a case by case basis - it's too early to talk about Malta and Invictus."

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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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.

What is hyperemesis gravidarum?

The Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) it has been revealed. Kate was admitted to hospital when she was pregnant with her first child, Prince George.

The effects of the condition include:

  • Symptoms also include severe nausea, low blood pressure and fast heart rate, headaches, lethargy or confusion.
  • Vomiting can be so severe the woman cannot keep food or liquid down.
  • The condition usually continues past the first three months.
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum can pass by week 21 but may also last longer.
  • The severity of the vomiting can cause dehydration and weight loss.
  • It affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnant women and can cause women to vomit blood.

Kate's first solo overseas trip to Malta in doubt

The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child will throw into doubt whether she will be able to attend her first solo overseas tour.

Kate was set to take make her first international appearance alone in Malta later this month.

The Duchess had been due to visit Malta next month. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

However the announcement that she is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and has cancelled an appearance in Oxford today.

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