Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Singapore in September. St. James' Palace announced that Kate and her husband, Prince William, are expecting their first child. | Nicolas Asfouri~AP
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:20AM
The royal bump . . .
Twin buns in the royal oven?
The Brits and royal watchers are going gaga over the latest regal stork soap opera: News that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with the possible future monarch of the British Isles.
Or could it be royal monarchs?
◆ The royal kicker: The serious morning sickness that is afflicting Kate, which is called hyperemesis gravidarum, is a condition more common with women expecting twins! Because the pregnancy is in the early stages, it’s too early to tell for sure.
◆ The royal snub? Queen Elizabeth II was not the first to know; Kate and hubby William told the Middletons before the royal grandmum.
◆ The royal sign: Meanwhile, because it’s not known when the baby is due — horoscope watchers are also off the charts trying to predict what astrological sign the baby will be born under. Consider:
◆ Nine months from now would make the baby a Leo.
◆ Eight months from now would make the baby a Cancer.
◆ Seven months from now would make the baby a Gemini.
Blimey! What’s a royal to do?
Pushing the cart . . .
Surprising sight seen: Washington wags spotted powerful U.S. Sen. John McCain, who is capable of political transubstantiation, pushing a grocery cart at a food warehouse in Alexandria on Friday night while shopping for bread and wine.
The Kennedy korner . . .
The Camelot descendants: Newly elected U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, 32, the only member of the third generation of Kennedy clansmen to hold elective office, did not continue the older Kennedy tradition of marrying a Catholic or a Catholic convert. RFK’s grandson married Lauren Anne Birchfield, a fellow Harvard Law graduate — and her father, the Rev. Jim Birchfield, married them.
The police blotter . . .
. . . and fire alert. In what has been described as a rare move, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with a group of heroic 25th District Chicago Police officers Monday morning in his office to personally thank them for rescuing four people, including a child and a blind man, from a fire. The police officers, who learned of the blaze during a routine traffic stop, started making rescues before the fire department got to the scene.
Slap ’em’ . . .
A case of criminal chutzpah? Retired multimillionaire CBOE trader Steve Fanady, who Sneed tipped was arrested in October for allegedly forging the stamp of a Cook County judge and the signature of an attorney on a divorce judgment decree — so he could obtain a religious annulment to marry his girlfriend — just got indicted on three counts of forgery.
Casino ka-ching . . .
Colorful Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, the self-proclaimed “hog with the big nuts” — who is on trial this week for federal tax fraud accompanied by allegations of heavy gambling losses — isn’t the only present or former political heavyweight who likes the gaming tables at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
◆ To wit: A top Sneed source spotted former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. playing slots at Horseshoe Casino on Sunday night and using the ATM in the high-limit slot room.
The Coney corner . . .
Power partying: Mesirow’s Les Coney, the merriest of men about town this season, hosted a surprise party for President Barack Obama’s BFF Marty Nesbitt at Pump Room on Friday night. Unfortunately, no one from the White House could attend because of events planned that night. Nesbitt’s phone was blowing up the whole time, though — with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Scottie Pippen and Obama all emailing or texting Nesbitt to wish him a happy 50th birthday.
Sneedlings . . .
Tuesday’s birthdays: Jeff Bridges, 63; Marisa Tomei, 48; and Tyra Banks, 39.
I spy . . .
Michael Wilbon (right), co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” dined at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Sunday, telling waiters that basketball’s stellar Charles Barkley told him it was the best steak in America. . . . After the unfortunate Bears loss on Sunday, Bears left tackle J’Marcus Webb dined at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse downtown.