I woke up in Washington this morning to news that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child. As the second news item from a giddy cast on CNN, this makes a nice departure from the very important but slightly depressing stories about ISIS, which I'm sure will resume tomorrow.
With speculation about a second child starting pretty much before baby George had even settled into Kensington Palace, apparently it is now official. The Duchess, not quite at the 12 week stage, made the announcement as she did not want to lie about why she was missing official engagements. Very honourable but it puts a lot of pressure on the mother-to-be. William continued with his engagements with I'm sure a day full of well-wishing from the British public.
I'm hoping first off that the Duchess has a healthy pregnancy and that the morning sickness she continues to have will subside but also that there will be less hysteria from the media.
The phrase 'an heir and a spare' is a little cruel and my comments by no means indicate that this baby is less important. But the whole 'what if it is a girl?' question has been answered, the Duke and Duchess will probably resist knowing if the baby is a boy or a girl again and the baby is likely to be born in the same Paddington hospital.
So, apart from a bit of 'guess the name' (my money's on Elizabeth and Henry in case you're interested) let's leave them to it until the new arrival shall we.