December 3: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting
St. James's Palace announced that Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting their first child. The royal revelation, which followed months of tabloid speculation, came as the Duchess of Cambridge -- formerly known as Kate Middleton -- was admitted to a central London hospital with acute morning sickness. The Palace would not say how far along the duchess was, only that she had not yet reached the 12-week mark at the time of the announcement. The Duchess' stay at the King Edward VII Hospital was overshadowed by the apparent suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse who took a prank phone call from Australian DJs on Dec. 4. The pair made the hoax call to the hospital, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in an effort to find out details of Catherine's condition.