Prince William is destined to become the ruler of the country one day.
He is second-in-line to the British throne, after his father Prince Charles, 70.
Currently he lives at Kensington Palace with his wife Kate Middleton and three children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.
But will he be forced to move out once he becomes king and take up residence elsewhere?
Do laws dictate where the King or Queen lives?
Windsor Castle is the current home of the Monarch. According to the royal website she stays here most weekends.
Does this mean William and Kate will move here when William takes the throne?
Royal expert Eliot Wilson told Express.co.uk: “There is no legislation mandating the residence of the Sovereign.”
In fact, the Queen did not always live most of the time in Windsor Castle.
Eliot said: “The Queen transferred her living accommodation full-time to Windsor Castle a few years ago and now uses Buckingham Palace only as ‘the office’; of course she still has Balmoral for the long summer stay and Sandringham for Christmas and other breaks.”
However, the expert predicts William will move into Buckingham Palace, where his grandmother once lived. He said: “When William (eventually?) becomes King, I’d be astonished if he didn’t move into Buckingham Palace and use Balmoral and Sandringham too, as it’s the expected thing now.
“If you go far enough back you can find George III mainly living at Kew Palace; he hated Kensington Palace, which reminded him of his grandfather, George II, and Buckingham House was then still in private hands.
“William, Catherine and the children would have the option to do what the Queen has done and just use Buckingham Palace as a working base in London, but I’d be surprised if they don’t confirm to tradition.”
However, William may not always have the option he does now.
Eliot added: “Of course, some of this depends on what Charles does as King. If he radically altered the living accommodations or decided to downsize or something (though I don’t quite see even him choosing an IKEA-furnished Swedsh eco home), then William might continue that pattern. But Buckingham Palace/Windsor/Balmoral/Sandringham seems to me most likely.”
Kate Middleton is preparing to be Queen, experts claim.
As such, Kate is taking up more of the Queen’s duties. The Queen recently handed over one of her patronages to her granddaughter-in-law.
Queen Elizabeth II handed over the patronage of the Royal Photographic Society to Kate, a role she held for 67 years.
How else is Kate preparing for her future role as the spouse of a monarch?
Royal expert Rebecca Long told Us Weekly: “Kate’s been taking on new responsibilities little by little over the last few years, so it won’t be a shock when the time comes.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.