Hello-Hello, and happy Monday to all.
We only have two topics today, the first involving a story many readers will have already heard, the news from St. James’s Palace:
If unable to read the text on the graphic, it says “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.” As is the case these days, the announcement was released via several means, including the Clarence House Twitter account:
While it is lovely news, there is a downside: Kate is hospitalized with a severe form of morning sickness, and will remain in King Edward VII Hospital for several days. More from the Clarence House statement:
“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”
In fact, that is why the announcement was made so early in the pregnancy, the Palace felt they had little choice as word of Kate’s hospitalization would have been leaked to the news media. The Queen is Patron of the hospital, it is a private facility in London.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a serious condition that far transcends morning sickness (misery enough on its own), more from the Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation:
“HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the newborn(s).”
Among other things the site has a list of the Top 10 Things Not to Say to a woman dealing with HG.
The Palace is not announcing a due date because Kate isn’t past the first trimester. Kate and William’s child will be third in line to the throne and a great-grandchild to the Queen. For the first time, if the baby is a girl she can inherit the throne, this as a result of changes to the rules of succession approved by Commonwealth countries last summer. From the BBC:
He or she will one day be head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and subsequently head of state of the UK and, subject to approval by the Commonwealth, 15 other countries.
Here is a look at the front pages of several London newspapers:
Also today, something that looks like enormous fun, the annual Parker Meridien Gingerbread Extravaganza. This is the upscale hotel’s fourth year hosting the event, gingerbread creations are displayed in the hotel lobby.
Yes, that is the Lincoln Memorial in gingerbread. More from from News Times:
The houses include replicas of landmarks like the Egyptian Sphinx, the Mexican temple Chichen Itza and the Lincoln Memorial.
A closer look via This Week in New York’s Flickr set.
One of the more timely creations comes from the hotel’s chef, Emile Castillo.
The Chef showcased current events by making the crane left dangling in mid-air during Hurricane Sandy, a closer look at “ground level”.
The gingerbread White House was unveiled last week, this year’s re-creation of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue weighs in at a whopping 300 pounds.
The First Pooch, Bo, can be spotted in the front.
There is even a candy version of the First Lady’s vegetable garden.
Amazing creations, all of them. (Yours truly would be gratified to make even the most rudimentary hut, but we know better than to even try.)