Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital in
London with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince William's pregnant wife Kate has left the King
Edward VII hospital in central London where she had spent four
days being treated for acute morning sickness.
Accompanied by her husband, Kate, 30, appeared at the steps
of the hospital smiling and holding a bouquet of yellow
flowers. Neither she nor William spoke to waiting reporters
before being driven way.
Kate, who married the second-in-line to the throne in April
last year, has been suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an
acute morning sickness which causes severe nausea and
vomiting and requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.
There has been no announcement about when the baby is due,
although the prince's spokesman has said Kate is less than 12
Kate, known formally as the Duchess of Cambridge, will now
recuperate at Kensington Palace, a royal residence in west
London, her husband's office said.
"She is feeling better but now requires a period of rest," a
royal spokeswoman said. "Their royal highnesses would like to
thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment
the duchess has received," the spokeswoman added.
The onset of the severe sickness and the need for Kate to go
to hospital brought forward the announcement of her
pregnancy, sparking a frenzy in the British media and even
taking by surprise her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth,
according to reports.
Bookmakers have been quick off the mark to lay odds on a name
for the unborn baby, who will be third in line to the British
throne after William and his father Charles.
The government is passing legislation in time for the birth
to change historic rules of succession so that males no
longer have precedence over a female sibling.
There has even been speculation that Kate could be carrying
twins, as the acute sickness she is suffering is slightly
more common in twin pregnancies.
World leaders including US President Barack Obama were swift
to follow British Prime Minister David Cameron in sending