Princess Kate's Hometown of Bucklebury Celebrates Pregnancy News

Princess Kate Pregnant Again: Hometown of Bucklebury Celebrates
Kate, William and George in one of George's first-birthday portraits
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09/10/2014 AT 07:30 AM EDT

While all of Great Britain celebrates the news of Princess Kate's second pregnancy, there's one place that's particularly over the moon – or "chuffed," in the local slang: her home village of Bucklebury.

"It's absolutely fantastic. Brilliant," Martin Fidler, a Middleton family friend, tells PEOPLE. "To have two babies so close together is perfect isn't it?"

"All we can do is wish them the very, very best and all the happiness in the world," he adds.

But with the Duchess suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, it's no surprise that the locals are also slightly concerned about the wellbeing of the royal they lovingly refer to as "our Kate."



"It is a huge shame to see that Kate is suffering again," shop owner Lynda Tillotson, of L Interiors, says. "But hopefully she is in the hands of the right people and will be okay again."

Kate is currently under the care of Drs. Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston at her and Will's home in Kensington Palace. Both doctors were involved in her care leading up to Prince George's birth on July 23, 2013.

So it's a case of placing the Bucklebury Champagne on ice until Kate and the new prince- or princess-to-be are safely out of the woods. But when George gets his new sibling, Bucklebury locals plan to lead the celebrations.

"We will, of course, be popping some champagne when the new baby arrives," Tillotson says.

For more about Kate and Prince William's baby news, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE

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