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Shropshire joy at Will and Kate's baby news

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Shropshire sent huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today – as it emerged that pregnant Kate has spent a comfortable night in hospital.

The 30-year-old Duchess, who is suffering from acute morning sickness, stayed in a private hospital in central London last night.

William, also 30, was by her side at the King Edward VII Hospital after she was taken there by car from Bucklebury in Berkshire, where her parents Michael and Carole Middleton live.

He left the hospital shortly after 8.20pm, while Kate, who is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, is expected to remain there for a few days.

The Duchess had a number of engagements this week but they have all been cancelled, said St James's Palace.

Messages of congratulations have poured in from across Shropshire.

Shropshire's own royal lady-in-waiting and former High Sheriff Meriel Afia said: "It's absolutely the most wonderful news one could ever wish to hear and what a wonderful end to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. I truly think it's so good to hear and I'm absolutely thrilled."

Mrs Afia, who lives near Shifnal, is lady-in-waiting to Princess Alexandra, the Queen's cousin.

The present High Sheriff John Abram said from his Oswestry home: "It's absolutely fantastic news.

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"And what a wonderful way for the Royal family to end a wonderful year. We are delighted and I'm sure everyone in the county will feel the same."

Shropshire's Lord Lieutenant Algy Heber-Percy, the Queen's representative in the county, added: "We wish both mother and father every happiness. It is lovely news at the end of this wonderful jubilee year."

Squadron Leader Neil Hope, from RAF Shawbury, near Shrewsbury, where Prince William and his brother Harry trained, said: "Warm congratulation from all staff at RAF Shawbury on this great news."

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