Prince William, Kate Middleton are Expecting their Second Child

Kate Middleton is pregnant again!

The palace has confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are indeed expecting a child.

Kate, who is in the very early stages of pregnancy, will give birth next year to a second child who will join big brother Prince George.

A statement from Kensington Palace said that the Queen and members of the royal family are "delighted with the news".

As with her pregnancy with Prince George, the Duchess is suffering from acute morning sickness - hyperemesis gravidarum. She is being treated inside Kensington Palace this time, rather than a private hospital where press had previously waited outside for updates.

Kensington Palace said the Duchess's attendance at forthcoming events would be decided on a "case-by-case" basis.

Rumors that Kate was pregnant with royal baby #2 began buzzing in late December, prompted by a Star Magazine cover story declaring the royal was already three months pregnant and hoping for a girl.

If this go around is anything like her pregnancy with Prince George, we can expect an exorbitant amount of media coverage and of course, some amazing maternity style.