After spending nearly every moment of their North American tour in front of cameras and adoring fans, Prince William and Duchess Catherine (formerly Kate Middleton) are enjoying some quiet time out of the spotlight. Since heading back to England, the popular pair have returned to their Anglesey home and resumed their version of a "normal" life. While the two enjoy some much-needed down-time, here's a look at what they've been up to and the plans they're making for their future.
Their New, Part-Time Home
While the royals were spending time in Canada and the US, their new London residence at Kensington Palace was refurbished, and the couple reportedly spent a few nights there last week. The two bedroom apartment is actually a cottage on the grounds, and sources say Kate has already spent $1500 on air fresheners and candles for her part-time home.
The Cambridges are expected to use the apartment through 2013, at which point they will upgrade to a larger, permanent residence to facilitate their entertaining and business-related duties as members of the royal family. Rumor has it that British designer Kelly Hoppen was selected by the Duchess to help design the couple's future home, which Kate hopes will be more "modern" and "minimalist-chic" than "fuddy-duddy."
Enjoying a Movie Date
The down-to-earth couple spent their rainy Saturday together catching not one, but two movies at the local theater. Dressed in jeans and a cardigan, Kate shared a bag of popcorn with her hubby while watching "Bridesmaids" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." The theater, Cineworld, tweeted about the royal visit, saying "Prince William & Kate Middy saw "Bridesmaids" at Cineworld Llandudno this W'end. Wonder what they made of Kristen Wiigs 'one eyed' impression?"
An Upcoming Family Vacation
In late August, Will and Kate will be spending some quality family time at the Balmoral estate in Scotland. This is the new Duchess' first invitation to the royal family's summer refuge, and she and Wills will be joining the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla for "royal picnics, home-cinema evenings, and even family barbecues where Philip himself takes over the grill." The trip will also be an opportunity for Kate to get to know the members of her new family in a more relaxed, less official atmosphere.
Plans for the Future
According to the couple's spokesperson, the newlyweds are planning "no more than one or two engagements a month in autumn and winter." The duo is expected to make an appearance later this month at the July 30 wedding of William's cousin, Zara Phillips. In the meantime, William will be continuing his work as an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter pilot and Catherine will be deciding what causes and charities to support.
According to their representative, the Duke "is going for his flying captaincy which he hopes to get in early 2012 and will move from the right to the left seat. He needs to keep up his flying hours and there are some exams to get through, a lot of work needs to done and he has to dedicate himself to that." He adds that the Duchess' interests include "sports therapy and arts therapy" which may indicate which types of programs she'll be involved in.
Unfortunately, the beloved couple could soon be facing a separation. It's likely that William will soon face a 2-month deployment to the Falkland Islands. Maybe that means we'll be seeing more of Kate while William completes his tour of duty.
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