Nazanin Afshin-Jam and her husband, Defence Minister Peter MacKay, are expecting their first child, due at the end of March.

The couple announced the pregnancy at Toronto's Albany Club last night, Global News reported on Thursday night.

MacKay confirmed the news and added to the announcement on his Facebook page this morning:

"I am excited by the prospects of raising a child with my loving wife, along with the support of family and friends in the greatest country on earth. We are simply overjoyed and wish to share our happiness with all of you," he wrote.

Afshin-Jam, an Iranian-born author, human rights activist, former singer and Miss World first runner-up made headlines earlier in the year when she announced Canada should close Iran's embassy in Ottawa

She also spoke out when TD Canada Trust closed Iranian-Canadian clients' accounts in July due to Ottawa's economic sanctions.

She and MacKay married on Jan. 4, 2012.

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  • Miss Canada, Nazanin Afshin-Jam walks in the Forbidden City on Nov. 20, 2003 in Beijing, China.

  • A toddler looks at Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a contestant in the Miss World beauty contest, as she walks in the Forbidden City on Nov. 20, 2003 in Beijing, China.

  • Miss World 2003 contestant Nazanin Afshin-Jam of Canada (L) answers questions as Valentina Patruno Macero of Venezuela (R) looks on during a press conference on Dec. 4, 2003.

  • Miss World 2003 contestant Nazanin Afshin-Jam of Canada walks on stage on Dec. 5 2003.

  • Miss Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a finalist in this year's Miss World contest, on stage on Dec. 6 2003 in Hainan, China.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Founder of Stop Child Executions, human rights activist and former Miss World Canada, speaks at Cities for Life Against the Death Penalty, an evening of words and music sponsored by Amnesty International, at Toronto's St. James' Cathedral on Nov. 30, 2009.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Founder of Stop Child Executions, human rights activist and former Miss World Canada, holds a candle on the church steps at the end of Cities for Life Against the Death Penalty, an evening of words and music sponsored by Amnesty International, at Toronto's St. James' Cathedral on Nov. 30, 2009.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President and Co-Founder of Stop Child Executions, takes part in a news conference in Ottawa on June 22, 2010.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Defence Minister Peter MacKay at Hope Live, held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre.

  • Peter MacKay arrives with Nazanin Afshin-Jam for a cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand).

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam with Defence Minister Peter MacKay at their wedding.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam with Defence Minister Peter MacKay at their wedding.

  • Defence Minister Peter MacKay, left, and his new bride, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, chat with ironworker Matthew Jardine at the Halifax Shipyard in Halifax on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam displays her baby bump in December, 2012.

  • Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Nazanin Afshin-Jam welcome their first son Kian Alexander to the world.

  • @MinPeterMacKay: "Kian enjoyed meeting @pmharper today and was presented with his first membership card! Thanks PM!"

  • PM Stephen Harper: "Great to meet you, Kian."

  • @MinPeterMacKay: "Leaving the civic hospital. A huge thanks to all on 4A, including Dr Aubin and the birthing unit."

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  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a protest she organized outside the UN in New York called "Ahmadinejad's Wall of Shame Rally."

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a protest outside Capitol Hill Washington DC on Iran's human rights abuses after 2009 presidential elections.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a protest on China's human rights abuses.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a protest on China's human rights abuses.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a protest outside Capitol Hill Washington DC on Iran's human rights abuses after 2009 presidential elections.

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  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a cities for life event and speech with Amnesty International in Toronto.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a protest against organ harvesting and other human rights abuses in China.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at the Global Youth Assembly in Edmonton.

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  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at MIT rally for Neda and Iran.

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  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam speaks at a rally protesting the Iranian regime with 50,000 people outside the UN in New York.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam gives UNWatch human rights speech in Geneva.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam receives UBC Alumni achievement award for global citizenship.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam receives UBC Alumni achievement award for global citizenship.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a Parliamentary talk on Neda's one year anniversary and human rights in Iran.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a Parliamentary talk on Neda's one year anniversary and human rights in Iran.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at roundtable on Iran with Stephen Harper and Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney.

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  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a talk in Taiwan on human rights in China.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam at a talk in Taiwan on human rights in China.