Kate Middleton leaves the hospital

Dec 6, 2012 at 8:35 a.m. ET

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was all smiles Thursday morning on her way home from the hospital.

William and Kate leaving King Edward VII Hospital

Despite being royal, (mostly) gorgeous and the very definition of "privileged," members of the royal family don't always have things go perfectly or even smoothly. It was with that notion in mind that a lot of royalty watchers held their breath upon Kate Middleton's admission into the hospital.

They can breathe a heavy sigh of relief, though. The duchess has headed home.

"I'm feeling much better," she responded to a yelled-out question from an unnamed journalist.

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With a bundle of bright yellow roses and a smile, the royal couple stopped at the hospital doors just long enough for a few pictures before being whisked home.

The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to the hospital on Monday after experiencing complications during her very early pregnancy. Kate was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum — or acute morning sickness — and spent the last few days in treatment. Now sprung from King Edward VII Hospital, Kate will not be returning to a full calendar of royal duty but, instead, to Kensington Palace for more rest.

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Will and Kate leave King Edward VII hopsital

While the duchess was hopefully allowed to enjoy peace and quiet in her hospital bed, the rest of the world was aflutter with news and speculation. The royal pregnancy wasn't even announced until Kate had been admitted into the hospital. At that time, officials said she's not even 12 weeks along.

Upon the release of her diagnosis, someone with the gumption to look it up on WebMD quickly realized it is often an early sign of twins. Added to naming speculation (and bidding) were conversations on how an heir is decided in the case of twins (first one out, obviously).

Nerves inside and out of the hospital were stretched even tighter when two prank callers from Australia were able to make it through to Kate's nurse and extract semi-confidential information about her current condition.

Knowing the Duchess' sleeping patterns or that a sponge bath may have been on the daily to-do list isn't a threat to national or Kate's security. However, it was disconcerting to witness, first, the insensitivity of two humans and, second, just how far a fake accent can get you.

The duchess still has a long road ahead of her. We're glad she's back home, though, and hope the remainder of her pregnancy goes much smoother.

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