If you’re anything like us, you’ve been pretty much obsessed with the comings and goings of the royal family ever since handsome William and Harry began coming of age. Hey, it’s not every day that two princes grow up to resemble movie stars—both in looks AND charisma!

Recently, we’ve really loved learning about William’s growing family, in particular. His little ones, George and Charlotte, are super adorable, so when we heard reports that another bouncing babe was on the way, we were positively elated.

That’s right; Kate Middleton’s third pregnancy has officially gone from being just another story in the celebrity rumor mill to a full-fledged story, confirmed by Buckingham Palace no less. Talk about a reliable source!

In a tweet from October 16th, representatives from the Royal Family wrote that Kate is set to give birth in April of 2018.

Although an exact due date has yet to be revealed to news-hungry commoners such as ourselves, we’re happy that we were thrown this particular bone. After all, we had been suspecting that something was going on with our favorite duchess for a while now.

You see, since first marrying Prince William, Kate has done an extraordinary job of representing the Royal Family. She attends plenty of national events, acts as an ambassador for England when touring other countries, and even plays mom to her two famous kiddos. Yep, on any given day, you can usually find her plastered on the pages of all types of publications.

With that said, the beautiful duchess had been notably absent from the public eye in recent months, something that fans of hers were able to decode quickly using a bit of deductive reasoning—she HAD to be pregnant!

As we’ve said, Kate is well-known for birthing gorgeous children—i.e. cherub-faced George and dainty Charlotte—but she is also known to suffer terribly throughout her pregnancies.

Back in 2012, when the Duchess first learned that she was pregnant with her son, Buckingham Palace spread the good news of the soon-to-be-born prince, but with it also came a medical revelation—Kate was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum or HG for short.

HG is pretty much worst case scenario morning sickness that can affect a pregnant mother for the entire 9 months. Unfortunately, the Duchess has been stricken with the syndrome during every single one of her pregnancies, including her current one.

It’s the reason why she’s been staying out of the spotlight for the last 3 months. In fact, her symptoms got so bad about a month ago that she couldn’t even escort Prince George to his first day of kindergarten. How sad!

Luckily, the Duchess has finally re-emerged and, perhaps not surprisingly, looks just like her normal self—with some extra pregnancy glow, of course. Good for her!

To see Kate back in action—which includes getting a peek at her growing baby bump—be sure to watch the video below. We can’t wait to meet the new prince or princess!

We’d love to hear what you have to say about the Duchess’ pregnancy. Are you surprised that both she and William have decided to have a third? Have you suffered from HG? If so, do you have any tips for helping the symptoms?