William and Kate seek quality time
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to go "under the radar" and keep a low profile for the rest of the year as they adapt to married life, St James's Palace has said.
William and Kate want to spend quality time together as husband and wife in the run-up to Christmas and settle down in their North Wales home.
A number of reasons dictate the need for the couple to live a quieter life.
The Duke will start to intensify his work as an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter pilot in order to qualify for a captaincy.
Meanwhile, his wife will spend her time in the detailed task of planning which good causes she wants to become involved with and learning about her husband's charitable interests.
A St James's Palace spokesman admitted there was another reason - William and Kate were mindful of overshadowing the Queen as she approaches her Diamond Jubilee next year.
"They are very conscious to make sure that the run-up to 2012 is the Queen's year. She quite rightly should be in spotlight," the spokesman said.
William's grandmother, the Queen, and father, the Prince of Wales, have backed the couple's plan to take on minimal royal duties during the autumn and winter.
The Duke and Duchess are said to be very conscious of how the monarch and Duke of Edinburgh spent their early married years living a quiet life in Malta where Philip was based as a Royal Navy officer.
But next year will bring changes to the couple's world with William due to be posted to the Falklands with the RAF Search and Rescue force for two months while Kate remains at home.