The Duchess of Cambridge's past few months have undoubtedly been busier than most - it's hardly surprising therefore that she's taking a couple of months off.
Giving birth to a baby prince and introducing him to the world hours later in heels and perfect make up would be enough. But she has also had her wedding anniversary, Princess Charlotte's third birthday and her sister Pippa Middleton's reported baby news to celebrate. Not to mention the royal wedding and the Queen's two birthdays.
In short - she's been very, very busy.
The 36-year-old initially laid low in her Kensington Palace home with her family of five after Prince Louis' birth, surrounded by royal neighbours, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and new arrivals Princess Eugenie and her fiance Jack Brooksbank, who moved in last month. Even the Queen helicoptered into Kensington Palace to meet the baby prince.
But royal fans were concerned when the Duchess of Cambridge seemed to cut her maternity leave short, attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in Windsor Castle last month, and then taking part in the Queen's official birthday celebrations, the Trooping of the Colour, this weekend.
Is Kate's maternity leave over? Apparently not, with the Duchess reportedly entitled to a six month break.
According to sources, the Duchess of Cambridge will be present at select family events but she probably won't be seen at an official event until October 2018.
Yes, really. And it's a longer maternity leave than those after the births of her other two children.
Kate returned to royal duties just two months after having Princess Charlotte, and attended official events just six weeks after giving birth to Prince George. So it's safe to say that she's earned herself an extra long maternity leave this time.
We're wishing Kate a relaxing maternity leave with her growing family!
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