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Royal wedding: From Princess-bride to housewife

03 MAY 2011

Following the opulence and grandeur of her big day, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is set to return to normality as a housewife. 

She has reportedly decided not to become a full-time working royal for up to two years, instead wanting to concentrate wholly on married life with her new husband.

William, 28, will return to work as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at the RAF base on Anglesey.

Meanwhile, as an officer's wife, Kate will be away from the spotlight. The 29-year-old has been invited to join the wives' club at RAF Valley.

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Support from other women in a similar situation will be important. Only they will really understand the difficulties of having a partner, like William, in a high-pressure job.

Other wives may also provide a social network for Kate if she goes through a lengthy separation from William.

It's emerged he may be posted to the Falkland Islands to serve for two and a half months as part of his training period.

In the meantime, the Duchess will only conduct public engagements with her husband, in a move that royal sources claim is modelled on Camilla, who insisted on a 'supporting role' only after her marriage to Prince Charles in 2005.

Her decision has the Prince's seal of approval, as he has asked aides to keep her commitments to a minimum.

Consequently, there are only a few events pencilled into her diary in the upcoming months. 

Definite dates following their honeymoon include important events such as Trooping The Colour and the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday.

Meanwhile, in Canada excitement is building as Kate will accompany William on a two-week tour of the country in July.

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