Kate Middleton Update: Pregnancy Cravings, New Year’s Alone

Prince William Off on an Emergency Rescue

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Kate Middleton Update: Pregnancy Cravings, New Year’s Alone

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is hoping for a happy 2013.

The last month of 2012 proved that even if you're a princess - er, duchess - life isn't always easy. Kate Middleton began the month by announcing her pregnancy to the world earlier than planned due to a hospitalization resulting from severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum. How is 2013 beginning for the Duchess of Cambridge?

Is Kate Feeling Better?

We're all hoping that Kate will feel better soon. While most reports say that she is, there are still signs that she's not feeling as chipper as usual. For one thing, she and Prince William broke with royal tradition and had a low-key Christmas with Kate's family rather than with the Queen and the other royals at Sandringham.

Photos from Kate spotted at Christmas contrasted with her photos in the same outfits earlier show a clearly tired-looking duchess.

Kate's Cravings

Hyperemesis gravidarum is marked by its victims' inability to keep food down. But Kate is apparently improving at least a bit in that regard, because reports claim that she's become fond of lavender biscuits. Now don't imagine buttery Bob Evans rolls here: in England, cookies are referred to as "biscuits."

She has also reportedly enjoyed another English favorite - scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Clotted cream is a British specialty, made from full-cream cows' milk. It's full of fat, which is probably just what Kate needs at the moment.

So, apparently no pickles and ice cream for Kate Middleton just yet - she jokes to a friend that she's "keeping it classy."

Prince William called out for New Year's Emergency

Will Kate catch a break in 2013? Not right away. While she rang in the new year still at her parents' home in Bucklebury, William was on duty as a RAF (Royal Air Force) pilot. Just after the new year arrived, he was called out on a search and rescue mission looking for a man who'd been swept out to sea while walking his dog. Sadly, the mission failed to locate the man.

It's all in a day's work for the working prince. A RAF source said, "William is very much part of a team that regularly makes sacrifices to save lives."

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