Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge


Kate Middleton's got a royal baby on board. (And if that's news to you, congratulations on finally making it out from underneath that rock. Must've been a rough morning.) But now she and Prince William are doing their best to ensure their road to baby has as few bumps as possible.

Alas, the Duchess of Cambridge has already been called upon to prioritize, and the hospitalized mama-to-be has canceled her forthcoming planned royal appearances while she remains hospitalized and works to recover from her acute morning sickness.

"The duchess will not be attending the public engagements this week, as she will be in hospital for a few days and will then need to rest," a rep for Buckingham Palace told E! News.

The expectant 30-year-old had three upcoming royal appearances planned, on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, which incidentally came on the heels of a full plate of speculation-heavy engagements that she and Wills carried out across the U.K. last week.

As for the duke, William's immediate schedule remains unchanged, as the palace rep reiterated that he will "continue the current tour of duty with the Search and Rescue Force" through next summer.

One of the more high-profile upcoming appearances on the royals' slate was scheduled to be the royal premiere of The Hobbit, with Will and Kate scheduled to join Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and the rest of the Middle-earth gang at the London screening Dec. 12.

As so far the duchess has only canceled this week's appearances, it's unclear if she'll be up for attending that particular showbiz shindig, but it's safe to say, if she does, the world will be watching.

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