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  1. A sneak peak at the front page of Tuesday's Daily Express UK tabloid, capturing the joy expressed at today's big Royal announcement, reads:
  2. Meanwhile the UK's Independent newspaper took on a more sombre tone in it's Tuesday morning front page:
  3. After much speculation, Buckingham Palace confirmed the news on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 that Prince William and his wife Katherine are indeed expecting. The palace confirmed it in an official statement, the news broke on Twitter just after 11 a.m. EST, and the story dominated news websites, social media, and the tops of TV and radio newscasts since.

    The British Prime Minister didn't wait long to congratulate the Duke and Duchess on Twitter:
  4. Others around the world followed suit, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Australia's PM Julia Gillard.
  5. The Governor General of Canada also released a statement while in Lima, Peru, congratulating the couple and adding that he and his wife Sharon were "honoured to attend their wedding more than a year ago and soon after to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Canada."
  6. The hashtag #royalbaby was trending worldwide in the hours following the announcement. And of course, #royalbabynames:
  7. Predictably, it didn't take long for spoof accounts, like @royalbabywales above, to appear on Twitter.
  8. As well. some creative photoshopping and editorial cartoons have been circulating:
  9. 🍼👸👑 #william #royalbaby #royals #katemiddleton #kate #london #delighted #verypleased #hyperemesis #gravidarum #will #queen #gb #pregnant #news #happy #kik #intsterkik #charles #prince
    🍼👸👑 #william #royalbaby #royals #katemiddleton #kate #london #delighted #verypleased #hyperemesis #gravidarum #will #queen #gb #pregnant #news #happy #kik #intsterkik #charles #prince
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