TODAY | December 04, 2012
>>> world has watched prince william grow up over the heartbreak of his mother, princess diana together, celebration of his royal wedding . well, now he's about to cross another milestone and become a father. keir simmons is at buckingham palace this morning. keir, good morning to you.
>> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning. you know, the timing of yesterday's announcement at 4:00 p.m . british time was highly unusual, rushed out because kate had to hurry to hospital t.meant that the news spread around the country through the evening, that the royals and britain have something new to celebrate.
>> congratulations, kate and will.
>> reporter: excitement as word spread monday night.
>> we liked it.
>> american tourists among the first to hear.
>> definitely a boy and hopefully it will be a famous soccer player.
>> soccer to me.
>> reporter: from british pubs to the village of buckleberry, kate 's hometown.
>> what a christmas present to the family and country overall.
>> reporter: even downing street .
>> well, it's absolutely wonderful news, and i'm delighted for them. i'm sure they will make absolutely brilliant parents.
>> reporter: they are celebrating a year that began still toasting a royal wedding , saw the queen mark 60 years on the throne, and the royals helped the country host a successful olympics, and now this.
>> we have now another generation of the house of windsor, somebody who could be a king or a queen of england in the next century, the 22nd century , and that is something for all britains to -- to really celebrate.
>> william and kate will move into kensington palace next year and where they will bring up their new family and, of course, it's where william 's mom diana used to live. already there's excitement here and a little concern with kate in hospital.
>> had a great year. a bit worried as well maybe.
>> at the moment, yeah, but i think you'll find they keep to themselves, and you always get these real worries, you know what i mean ? that's okay. she'll be all right.
>> around the corner a cafe, dedicated to diana. the owner pictured with the princess.
>> wish princess diana was alive. she would be a very happy one.
>> reporter: since the wedding the world's been waiting, the announcement came sooner than the couple planned but has everyone wishing them the best. now people in the palace told me, savannah, that it really was a difficult decision for kate and william to go public with this now. william , to be honest, won't be enjoying all his attention ahead of the 12-week mark but you can