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Learning the ropes: Backseat role for Kate Middleton as focus turns to family

19 NOVEMBER 2010

When Kate Middleton embarks on married life with Prince William, she will not do so as a working princess.

It has been revealed that not only will the 28-year-old stop work at her parents' family business after the wedding, but she won't be taking up full-time royal duties either.

Instead, St James's Palace has confirmed that, for a time, Kate will attend official events only on the arm of her new husband.

And she will not be getting her own office, but will share staff with her spouse.

 

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A spokesman has said: "Prince William wants to initiate her properly into the job, so at first she will not undertake any solo engagements.

"If Miss Middleton is free before the wedding, she may join the prince on engagements but that decision will be taken on a case-by-case basis."

While her future position aims to ease Kate into her role, it has also sparked speculation that the royal couple will try to have a baby soon after the wedding.

Speaking on Tuesday after their engagement announcement, Kate, who turns 29 in January, said: "I hope we will be able to have a happy family ourselves."

Her fiancé added: "I think we'll take it one step at a time. We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at kids.

"But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that."

Kate's biographer, Claudia Joseph, told the Daily Mail: "I am sure Kate and William will be very keen to start a family as soon as possible.

"She is very close to her own family and she is already two years older than her mother was when she was born."

In comparison, Diana was just 21 when she gave birth to William, and three years later her second son Harry arrived.

The Queen was 22 when Prince Charles was born, Princess Anne was 27 when she had Peter Phillips, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex was 38 when she welcomed daughter Louise.  

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