Prince William and Kate Middleton to move to Berkshire after his 40th birthday

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Photo credit: ASHLEY CROWDEN - Getty Images
Photo credit: ASHLEY CROWDEN - Getty Images

Prince William will ring in his 40th birthday on June 21, and it's believed his milestone year will mean big life changes for his family too.

The Duke of Cambridge, who previously confessed to finding his approaching birthday 'so daunting', is believed to be moving his family from London to Berkshire, according to The Times. Kate Middleton was born and raised in Berkshire, and it's where her parents Carole and Michael currently reside at Bucklebury Manor.

The Cambridge children, Prince George, eight and Princess Charlotte, seven, are expected to leave their prep school Thomas’s Battersea to attend a school near Windsor. Meanwhile, the young royals' youngest sibling Prince Louis, four, is set to enrol at his siblings' new school too.

While Kensington Palace will remain the couple's family London home, it's thought that they're due to take up residence on the Queen’s Windsor estate this summer.

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Photo credit: ASHLEY CROWDEN - Getty Images

A friend of the couple told The Times: 'The reality is they are quite confined in what they can do in London. The kids can’t go into the park and kick a football with friends.

'Their plan is to be there for the next ten to 15 years.'

In the future, however, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to want to move to their 'special' country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where they frequently visit.

'It’s their happy place' and expected to be their permanent home 'after the school years', a friend reportedly said.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Speaking of the future king, another close friend said Berkshire will be Prince William's final move before he takes the throne as 'he feels they want to grab that time while they still can'.

Reports of Prince William and Kate Middleton's move to Windsor swirled earlier this year.

In April, the Daily Mail reported that the couple, who split their time between their homes in Anmer Hall and Kensington Palace 'will move to Windsor this summer to be closer to the Queen'.

This followed on from news that the Queen would permanently live at Windsor Castle and not return to Buckingham Palace full-time.

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

At the time, it was believed that a private home would be the couple's preference, after they were believed to have ruled out royal mansions, including Prince Andrew's Royal Lodge and Fort Belvedere, which used to be home to King Edward VIII.

Meanwhile Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reside in Montecito, California – their current home after stepping back as senior royals in 2020.

Both couples attended the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this month.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Prince William's apparent move to Berkshire isn't the only birthday news to surface as of late.

The Royal Mint, entrusted by Her Majesty's Treasury to create official coinage for the United Kingdom, last month unveiled a £5 coin engraved with the Duke's portrait to mark his milestone year.

This was the first time Prince William appeared alone on an official coin – he graced a £5 coin alongside then bride-to-be Middleton after their engagement and before their Westminster Abbey wedding in 2011.

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Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images

It was also revealed that a limited edition souvenir two-coin set was also due to be released, with a 0.25oz gold celebration coin and a 1982 sovereign coin that marks the year Prince William was born.

For Middleton's 40th birthday on January 9, portraits of her dressed in Alexander McQueen looks, inspired by mid-19th century artwork, were unveiled.

Middleton's photographs are due to appear in the National Portrait Gallery as part of a permanent collection when it reopens in 2023.

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