The forecast this summer: Hot, with lots of royal-baby fever.

Following months of speculation on Kate Middleton's due date, palace officials announced Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be expecting their little bundle of royal joy in July.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July," the brief statement issued on DukeandDuchessOfCambridge.org said.

The Palace also said that Kate's health "continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month." The 31-year-old Duchess made major headlines in December after being hospitalized for severe morning sickness, which prompted the announcement she was expecting a baby.

Since then, Royal watchers have been abuzz with predictions about whether the royal baby would be a boy, girl, or even twins. The Palace has thus far stayed mum on the baby's sex, and this most recent statement seems to confirm there's just a single future prince or princess on the way.

Either way, we can't wait to see what he or she is going to wear.

In the meantime, click below to check out the chic maternity wear the royals have donned over the years:

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  • Princess Mary of Denmark, September 2010

  • Princess Mary of Denmark, September 2010

  • Princess Mary of Denmark, September 2010

  • Princess Mary of Denmark, September 2010

  • Princess Letizia, April 2007

  • Princess Letizia, November 2006

  • Princess Letizia, October 2005

  • Princess Letizia, September 2005

  • Princess Letizia, July 2005

  • Princess Letizia, July 2005

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, August 2003

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, September 2003

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, October 2003

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, October 2003

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, October 2003

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, December 2003

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, December 2003

  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, December 2011

  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, September 2011

  • Autumn Phillips, March 2012

  • Autumn Phillips, March 2012

  • Princess Aimee of The Netherands, September 2007

  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex, November 2007

  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex, September 2007

  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex, September 2007

  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex, October 2003

  • Dutch Princess Annette, March 2004

  • Dutch Princess Annette, April 2004

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