The news that TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby was big news throughout the Commonwealth.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the news "is going to bring joy to many around the world" and wished the Duchess a swift recovery from the morning sickness that triggered official confirmation of the royal pregnancy.
"Clearly it is a time of joy and it can also be a time of challenge," Ms Gillard told reporters. "I'm sure many will be thinking of Kate when she deals with morning sickness and is in hospital. But from the Australian people to Prince William and Kate, delightful news and our congratulations."
The Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Australian Opposition, Tony Abbott tweeted: "A royal baby is on the way! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said the news was "fabulous" for the young couple and would make the Queen of New Zealand and Prince Philip extremely pleased. "It is an important day in any young couple's life when a baby is expected and I know that Catherine and William will be as nervous and excited as anyone," he said in a statement.
"We wish them both the very best and hope Catherine's stay in hospital is a short one. On behalf of the people of New Zealand, I congratulate them both."
Meanwhile Australian republicans found back to their usual hatred and used The Age to call for the return of a mass murderer:
LET the bowing, boot licking and forelock tugging begin. Proud, independent nation - don't make me laugh. Bring back Cromwell.
Richard Morris, Frankston SouthOn the other hand Murdoch's Melbourne tabloid newspaper Herald Sun admitted:
Republican sentiment in Australia waned after the referendum in 1999 that saw Australians decide to retain the monarchy.
The popularity of the monarchy is likely to continue with Prince William to succeed Prince Charles.
A son or daughter to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will take the monarchy safely towards the end of this century, although not necessarily in Australia.Australian Monarchists will make sure that the last half sentence will remain Murdoch's wishful thinking.