Prince Charles: I Can’t Wait to Become a Grandfather!

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Prince Charles on November 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Chris Jackson/Getty

As the world rejoices over Kate Middleton and Prince William's Dec. 3 announcement that they're expecting a royal heir, no one is more excited about the news than William's father, Prince Charles.

"It's a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age, if I can say so," Charles, 64, told reporters at the launch of the 2012 Antarctic Winter Crossing Expedition in London Thurs., Dec. 6. "I'm thrilled, marvelous."

The couple's son or daughter will be the first grandbaby for Charles, also the father of Prince Harry, 28, with the late Princess Diana.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William on July 26, 2012 in London. Indigo-Pool/Getty

Hospitalized with complications from extreme morning sickness Dec. 3, the pregnant royal was escorted home Thursday with husband William by her side. Upon her release, Middleton, 30, assured reporters she's feeling "much better."

"Trying for a baby has been their priority, a royal confidant told Us shortly before the couple revealed their happy news. "They're both excited to be focusing on a new chapter in their lives."

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