Kate Middleton may be sporting the first signs of what could be some very big royal news, as she was spotted with what appears to be signs of a baby bump.

In Touch magazine will be making a commotion about the supposed bump on the cover of its upcoming issue, with much speculation around a picture that demonstrates the bulge. If this these signs turn out to be as they first appear, then Prince William may very well have his heir to the throne already - some time before many had predicted the momentous occasion to happen.

"We thought at first it might be just the way her dress fell as she walked," the tabloid quotes a source as saying. "But if you looked closely, it was a definite bump. It was prominent enough to cast a shadow below."

Whether speculative or not, the baby will step in behind its father as next in line to the throne after the Queen's passing of a piece of regal legislation during the May opening of Parliament that says the first born of any future monarch will automatically ascend to the throne, regardless of sex. This groundbreaking act means that the first-born son of a monarch will no longer be granted ascension to the throne unless he is the first born child - allowing automatic ascension to daughter for the first time in British history.