Following a busy few weeks of official engagements, pregnant Kate Middleton is thought to be taking some time out of the limelight to relax at her home in Anglesey.
The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted enjoying a meal with her husband Prince William on Thursday night at one of their favourite pubs on the island, The White Eagle.
The couple have been known to visit the award-winning establishment together several times, and William is regularly seen stopping by with his RAF colleagues for a bite to eat.
Kate was also spotted buying groceries at one of the local supermarkets and, according to an onlooker on Twitter, was sporting a pair of Flossy Plimsolls.
Established in the Mediterranean and originally worn by sailing enthusiasts and street artists in Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, the plimsolls are said to be made for comfort.
This is a sensible footwear option for heavily pregnant Kate, who has been wearing high heels for official engagements recently including a visit to Naomi House in Sutton Scotney to mark Children”s Hospice Week and Willows Primary School in Manchester as well as a fun-filled afternoon with her husband and her brother-in-law Prince Harry at the Warner Bros studios.
Prince William is approaching the end of his current tour of duty as a Royal Air Force helicopter search and rescue pilot, prompting speculation that the couple might relocate from Anglesey, the peaceful haven that he and Kate have called home since 2010, to London.
“It”s a big watershed moment – whether or not he stays in the services or whether a dynamic role can be created for him,” Robert Lacey, the Queen”s biographer and historian, told People.
An official announcement from palace officials regarding the Duke of Cambridge”s future plans is expected in the next few weeks.
It won”t be an easy decision for the Prince to make. In upcoming BBC documentary Helicopter Rescue, William speaks openly about his job, explaining that there is “no greater feeling” than saving lives.
“I don”t think there”s any greater calling in life,” he said. “To be able to see a son or daughter”s face when you bring their mother or father back from the edge of death – it”s quite powerful.”
The 30-year-old prince is presented with several career options. He could stay in the RAF, go back to the Household Cavalry which was the original regiment he joined or he may even leave the military entirely.
Royal commentators believe that he is likely to leave and that he will do so in order to take on more royal duties. He could even follow in the footsteps of his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana and dedicate more of his time to charity work.
Kate is also said to have been preparing Apartment 1A of Kensington Palace, the home that she will share with husband Prince William and their new arrival if they move later this year.
The mum-to-be was spotted sorting out decorating supplies for the 21-room apartment, according to reports. “It”s a fabulous time,” the source added. Their future London home is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, estimated to be costing £1million. The four-storey home includes a nursery, staff quarters and a private walled garden.
A country retreat is on the cards for the couple, too. Royal officials were recently granted permission to carry out a series of renovations on Anmer Hall, a ten-bedroom property housed in the Queen”s Sandringham estate. The house has been marked as a possible country retreat for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The approved changes provide the house with greater privacy and security and include re-routing of the driveway, extensive tree planting to shield the property, and plans to expand accommodation, perhaps for the couple”s protection officers.