Royal blue: Kate Middleton stuns in classic coat in London as she 'eyes up move to Kensington Palace in 2017'
2017 is shaping up to be a busy one for the young British royals.
Kate Middleton stepped out in London on Wednesday in her first official appearance of the year to attend an event at the Early Years Parenting Unit in north London run by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
The purpose of the trip, the first of two today, was to learn more about its work with families who have children under five years old, which is of particular relevance to the Duchess as her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are three and one, respectively.
She made another appearance later in the day with her husband Prince William at a Child Bereavement UK Centre, where William comforted nine-year-old girl Aoife who lost her father to cancer.
"Do you know what happened to me? You know I lost my mummy when I was very young too," he said, according to reports.
"I was (15) and my brother was 12. So we lost our mummy when we were young as well. Do you speak about your daddy? It’s very important to talk about it, very, very important."
The royal couple are set to make more official appearances this year and focus on their charitable ventures and they are are reportedly eyeing up a move to London and will reside at their apartment in Kensington Palace.
When his contract as a helicopter pilot with the Bond Air Services is up in March, it's expected that William will resign and take up public duties full-time, alongside his wife of nearly six years, according to the Telegraph.
Prince George has been provisionally enrolled in the Wetherby School in London, the same institution where he and younger brother Prince Harry studied at George's age.
"They want to be in a position that when they are asked to do more, they are in a position to say yes," a source said.
"The Prince of Wales wants a slimmed-down monarchy and that will also have an effect in terms of the number of duties carried out by each of the core members.
"Also their ambition for their charitable side is increasing. The impact of the Heads Together mental health campaign, in particular, is making them want to be more active on the issues they care most about."
The insider added that "decisions about schooling and nurseries are all part of" taking one more royal obligations.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given their property at Amner Hall, their palatial home on Sandringham Estate as a gift from Queen Elizabeth after their 2011 wedding.
Despite the fact that they have spent two years and estimated €1.6m renovating the 10-bedroom property, their move to Norfolk was only ever a temporary one.