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Kate Middleton has finally been released from the hospital after a four-day stay to treat her for severe morning sickness.
The pregnant royal, 30, exited King Edward VII hospital with husband Prince William by her side at around 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning, London time.
Looking fragile but managing a smile, the Duchess of Cambridge -- whose pregnancy was confirmed Dec. 3 -- told the awaiting press that she is feeling "much better" and briefly faced the media before stepping into her waiting car with William.
Dressed in in a navy overcoat and light blue scarf, the mother-to-be (who was seen clutching a bouquet of yellow roses) didn't answer any questions before heading to the royal couple's cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where she is expected to continue resting.
Kate, who married the man second in line to the United Kingdom's throne in April 2011, spent three nights and almost four days in the hospital after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness (typically explained as vomiting so much and so often it leads to weight loss and malnutrition) that requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.
"She is feeling better but now requires a period of rest," a royal spokeswoman said. "Their royal highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment the duchess has received," the spokeswoman added.
Kate was accompanied every day by her husband. On Wednesday, she received a visit from her sister Pippa, 29, brother James, 25, and mother Carole.
Earlier this week, as news broke of Kate's pregnancy and hospitalization, a friend of the royals told People: "She's in the right place, in the right hands."
Although Kate's due date has not been announced, it is known she is less than 12 weeks pregnant and expecting some time next summer.
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