The Duchess of Cambridge is spending the weekend at her parents’ house as she awaits the arrival of her first child.
“Kate wanted to spend what will probably be her last weekend before the baby is born having a normal time with her family,” a source told the The Mirror.
During her pregnancy, Kate has spent a lot of her time with her parents at the family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire and the expectant Royal has been keen to relax before she gives birth.
The mum-to-be has been residing in London in recent weeks, putting the final touches to her and Prince William’s new home in Kensington Palace. The couple are expected to move into Apartment 1A after the baby is born, as they take up an official London residence.
The couple’s move also signifies that the pair plan to increase their royal workload after both returning from maternity leave. Prince William and Kate will carry out more royal duties to support The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and they are reportedly planning a visit to Australia and New Zealand at some point in 2014.
The Duchess of Cambridge is planning to follow in the footsteps of Diana, Princess of Wales, as she and William have chosen the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London for the baby’s birth. This was the same hospital in which Diana and Charles welcomed both Prince William and Prince Harry into the world.
After the birth, the couple will pose for pictures before leaving the hospital. It is expected the Duchess will take time out from Royal duties as she settles into motherhood, while William will take two weeks paternity leave from his RAF search-and-rescue position in Anglesey, Wales.