Prince William's pregnant wife Kate was feeling better on Tuesday after a second day of hospital treatment for acute morning sickness, palace officials said.
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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, leaves King Edward the VII hospital in London on December 4, 2012, where his wife Catherine is being treated for acute morning sickness. AFP
Mother-to-be Kate feeling better
LONDON (AFP) -– Prince William's pregnant wife Kate was feeling better on Tuesday after a second day of hospital treatment for acute morning sickness, palace officials said.
William spent most of the day at his wife's bedside as congratulations poured in from around the world after Monday's announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 30, are expecting their first child – a new royal heir.
"The Duchess of Cambridge is continuing to feel better," a spokesman for the couple's office at St James' Palace said.
"She and the Duke are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received."
They added that Kate would remain at the private King Edward VII Hospital in central London and continue with treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that affects about one in 200 pregnant women.
William, the second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, visited his wife in hospital following her admission on Monday afternoon and spent more than six hours with her on Tuesday.
Wearing a purple jumper over a shirt and jeans, he emerged from the hospital at 5:45 pm (1745 GMT) and smiled at the waiting media before being driven away.
St James's Palace has said Kate is still at the "very early stages" of pregnancy – likely less than 12 weeks – and it is thought the news was released because her admission to hospital would have made her condition public.
Kate is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will then require a period of rest, a palace spokeswoman said, adding that her public engagements have been cancelled for the next week.
The diagnosis has meanwhile sparked speculation that Kate may be expecting twins, as experts say the condition is more common with a multiple pregnancy.
There was reportedly a rush to inform members of the royal family of the news before the public announcement.
Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Philip, Charles and his wife Camilla were said by the palace to be "delighted", as were Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
William's brother Prince Harry, 28, who will be bumped down to fourth in the line of succession by the new arrival, was reportedly informed by email in Afghanistan, where he is deployed as an Apache attack helicopter pilot.
duke (female: duchess) – a nobleman (a person from a family of high social rank) of the highest rank ท่านดยุค, ขุนนางชั้นสูงของอังกฤษ
treat – to provide medical care รักษา
acute – very serious or severe หนัก, รุนแรง
pregnant – having a baby developing inside the body ท้อง ตั้งครรภ์
palace – the people who live or work in a palace, especially the royal family and the officials who serve them พระราชวัง,วัง
congratulations – praise or approval for someone showing you are pleased about a special or unusual achievement ความยินดีด้วย, การพลอยยินดี
heir – a person who will legally receive money, property or a title from another person, especially an older member of the same family, when that other person dies ทายาท, ผู้สืบสกุล, ผู้รับมรดก
couple – two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
immensely – very much อย่างมากมาย
grateful – a feeling that you want thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you สำนึกบุญคุณ
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
second in line to the throne – a person who has the right to become the king or queen of a country after someone one else, in this case, after Prince Charles
admission – the act of accepting somebody into a hospital for medical treatment การรับผู้ป่วยไว้ในโรงพยาบาล
jumper – a warm piece of clothing, usually made from wool, that you pull over your head and that covers your upper body and arms เสื้อหนาว
emerge – to come out of ออกจาก
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
stage – a part of an activity or process or a period of development ระยะ, ช่วง, ตอน
release – to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว
condition – the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are อาการ, สุขภาพ
make public – to make information about something generally available เปิดเผย, เผยแพร่
engagements – formal arrangements for meeting people or doing something การนัดหมาย
diagnosis – the act of discovering or identifying the exact cause of an illness or a problem การวินิจฉัยโรค
spark – to make something happen ก่อให้เกิด
speculation – ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information การคาดการณ์
twins – two children born at the same time to the same mother แฝด, ฝาแฝด
multiple pregnancy – having two or more babies developing within a mother at the same time
rush – moving or doing something very quickly การรีบเร่ง
delighted – very happy or satisfied about something ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ
succession – the act of taking over an official position or title; the right to take over an official position or title, especially to become the king or queen of a country การสืบสันตติวงศ์, การสืบสกุล
deploy – (of police or soldiers) to put in place ready for action ส่ง (ทหาร, ตำรวจ) ประจำการ