Kate Middleton and Prince William's 'royal reprieve' while their kids are young could soon come to an end, an expert claims.
The Duke and Duchess's engagements are said to have been scheduled around their children's school timetables for the last few years.
But Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royal Replies website, said as the Cambridge children grow older, their parents may have to take on more official duties.
She thinks the couple could find themselves with busier schedules, more travel and an increased workload as the kids grow up.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Ms Daly said: "Prince William and Duchess Kate have been taking on more and more duties over the years, but while their children are young and living at home, they have been given a bit of a reprieve.
"In a few years, The Cambridges will have busier schedules, more traveling, and they wouldn’t always be able to take so much time off during their kids’ school holidays.
"They are enjoying this precious time with their kids. And their scheduled official engagements are often planned around morning and afternoon school runs."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are required to attend official engagements on behalf of the palace as part of their roles as senior members of the royal family.
For William and Kate, this has recently included a tour of Scotland, the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy and appearances during the Wimbledon Tennis Championship.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last month thanked fans for wishing their son, Prince George, happy birthday in a sweet message.
Reports claim the Prince marked turning eight with a football cake, nature explorer set and a "cool watch".
In keeping with royal tradition, Kate and Wills released a new photo, showing their son sitting on the family's Land Rover in an apparent nod to his late great-grandfather, Prince Philip.
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The cute snap, which shows George giving a huge grin to the camera, was a big hit with fans who took to the comment section to wish him a happy birthday.
Later on Kate and William thanked fans, writing: "Thank you for all your lovely messages on Prince George’s eighth birthday!"
The Queen also shared the photo on the royal family's official accounts, adding it to her Instagram stories with balloon gifs.
Fans were quick to point out how much George looks like his dad, Prince William, in the new photo.
Keen photographer Kate took the snap earlier this month, as has become tradition for the Cambridges.
However the Duchess admitted that her kids don't always love posing for the camera.
During a phone call with a finalist in her Hold Still photography contest, which was published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge YouTube channel, Kate asked if the contestant considered herself a photographer.
The contestant said: "No. Well, Mark [her husband] would say otherwise just because I do take a lot of pictures of the family."
To which Kate replied: "It's like me. Everyone's like: 'Mummy, please stop taking photographs!'"