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OTRC: Pregnant Kate Middleton still hospitalized, duchess 'is continuing to feel better'

Prince William appears to reject an umbrella, as his wife Kate accepts one on the red carpet of the UK premiere of 'War Horse' in London on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (DreamWorks SKG)

Pregnant Kate Middleton, aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is still hospitalized in London for severe morning sickness but is "continuing to feel better," a St. James's Palace spokesman says.

The 30-year-old's pregnancy and ailment, which is technically referred to as Hyperemesis Gravidarum, was revealed on Monday. This is the first child for her and husband Prince William, known as the Duke of Cambridge. The baby is expected to become the heir to the British throne, currently occupied by the prince's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

"The Duchess of Cambridge is continuing to feel better," the spokesman said in a statement to ABC News on Tuesday, December 4. "She and the Duke are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received. She will remain in hospital at present and will continue to be treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarum."

William has meanwhile been visiting his wife in the hospital. Palace officials said the duchess is in the early stages of her pregnancy and is expected to remain at the medical center for several days. A palace source told ABC News that she is not yet 12 weeks along that given her hospitalization, she and her husband had made the "difficult decision to be fully open about the pregnancy from this stage."

Kate's most recent public appearance took place several days ago, on November 30, when she spoke to students at St Andrew's School in Pangbourne -- her alma mater. During her visit, she also played some field hockey.

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