Savoring the final moments as a trio! In the days leading up to her due date, Kate Middleton has been spending quality time with her husband Prince William and son Prince George.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 33, is expected to give birth to her second child any day now, and is taking it easy in the last stretch of her pregnancy. A source tells Us Weekly that Middleton is currently “waiting out her final days” before the birth at her Kensington Palace home, after taking trips to Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England to see Prince William, 32, and Bucklebury to see her parents.
Just this past weekend, Middleton visited her hometown of Bucklebury to see mother Carole and father Michael, and Prince George tagged along. On Sunday, April 19, the Duchess took her son to Bucklebury Farm, where a local says the little tot had so much fun. “She had a protection officer with her and another woman, who didn’t look like Carole,” the eyewitness tells Us. “George was in a cute jacket and was having the time of his life, if those giggles were anything to go by.”
She is now back at Kensington Palace after bringing George to her parents’ home on Friday, April 17. “What amazed me was how slim Kate looked from the back!” the source tells Us. “If tradition is right, that means she must be having a boy.”
Kate spent most of early April at Norfolk with William at Anmer Hall. On April 3, the Duke and Duchess stepped out for a fun dinner with six friends at the local Crown Inn in the nearby village of East Rudham. The group kept a quiet evening by dining in the pub’s private dining room. Prince William has also been making return trips to Kensington Palace to do final preparations with his wife.
“Kate has got as much as she wanted done before this last stretch,” an insider tells Us of Middleton’s baby prep. “She spent time with William at Anmer and went to Bucklebury, which was really nice. Although his work is based in three different areas — Norwich, Cambridge, and Gloucestershire — he is staying at Anmer most evenings during the working week.” See more adorable photos of Prince George.
During her visit to the country house, the Duchess got some mother-son time with the young Prince George, 20 months, when she took him to the local petting zoo Snettisham Farm Park.
“Kate has come here with George a few times in the past,” a park staffer tells Us, adding that on the most recent trip on March 30, the pregnant royal and George tried out an adventure playground and met a baby lamb. “They really like it here. George loves to meet other children and also pet the animals. He’s an adorable little boy.”
The Duke and Duchess haven’t specified whether their new addition will be a prince or a princess.
She is expected to give birth at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
While the Duchess approaches her due date, the royal duties will not stop for the Duke. Prince William is scheduled to be in London on Saturday, April 25, for an official engagement with the Queen and Prince Philip. A palace aide tells Us that if Middleton goes into labor in the midst of this commitment, “every effort will be made” to get Prince William to the hospital on time.
Once the baby is born, Middleton’s mother will be moving into Anmer Hall to lend a hand.
“She will be there for the first month to help out,” an insider tells Us of Carole, 60. “Kate feels like she owes so much to her mom for helping out during George’s birth and she couldn’t do it again without her. Nothing feels better than having your mom around during a time like this.”
Us Weekly is on the scene in London — check back often for ongoing updates on all things royal baby!
For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!