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Is Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pregnant?

entertainment Updated: Nov 08, 2011 16:21 IST

After a series of past weeks' instances, rumours are rife that Prince William and Kate are expecting their first baby.

While visiting a UNICEF distribution center in Copenhagen, Denmark last week, Kate was seen rubbing her midsection quite too often: "It was very odd. Kate would not stop touching her tummy. It was very noticeable. She continually patted it and held her hands against it. She must have been doing it without realizing, and at one point she had both her hands cradling her stomach," an onlooker told Daily Mail.

Then, she refused to have peanut paste offered to her which pregnant ladies are asked to avoid. "The Duchess does not have a nut allergy, nor is it like her to appear rude. The only explanation is that she is pregnant and has been told - like many expectant mothers - to avoid nuts," the Sun quoted an onlooker as saying.

Also, when the royal couple was coming out of the helicopter, Prince William abruptly broke off from his chat with the crown prince of Denmark and put an arm out to Kate, which could well be a protective behaviour observed by expectant first-time dads, reported The Daily Beast.

The fact that the laws of succession were changed quite suddenly last week, hasn't gone unnoticed by observers. It means that a firstborn daughter of William and Kate would become queen rather than seeing the title pass to a younger brother, reported the Daily Beast.

Most importantly, the palace has remained unusually silent about the pregnancy reports doing the rounds. Can this silence be taken to be in the affirmative?