PRIME Minister David Cameron has led the congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the news that they are expecting their first child.
In a Twitter message issued minutes after St James's Palace announced the news of the pregnancy, Mr Cameron said: "I'm delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents."
I’m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "This is wonderful news for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The whole country will be thrilled. Justine and I offer Kate and William our warmest congratulations."
Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country. A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond also offered his congratulations to the couple, who are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland.
Mr Salmond said: "My warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes to the Earl and Countess of Strathearn on this wonderful news. Everyone in Scotland will join me in wishing the couple the very best as they prepare for the birth of their first child."
Warmest congratulations and sincerest best wishes to the Earl and Countess of Strathearn on their wonderful news (AA)
A spokeswoman for the University of St Andrews, where Kate and William met, said: "We are delighted for the couple and will be writing to them to offer our congratulations. They must be very pleased."
In a later comment to television cameras at 10 Downing Street, Mr Cameron said: "It's absolutely wonderful news, and I'm delighted for them and I'm sure they will make absolutely brilliant parents.
"I'm sure people round the country will be celebrating with them tonight."
Mr Cameron confirmed he was informed of the news shortly before the public announcement.
"I got a little note as I came into a meeting I was having and I found it quite difficult to keep it to myself," he said.