William and Kate are considering moving their family closer to the Queen ahead of major changes within The Firm, according to reports.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to be contemplating moving to Windsor and if they do, will prepare to take on a more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family, writes MailOnline.
A source claimed to the paper that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been "eyeing up" accommodation in the area suitable for their little ones, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
They said properties under consideration include Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house where King Edward VIII (the Queen's uncle) signed his abdication papers in 1936.
Moving the family closer could prove useful as the monarchy prepares for major changes in the future.
At the moment, William and Kate split their time between their London home at Kensington Palace and the country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.
The home, based n the Sandringham Estate, was a wedding present from Her Majesty.
Kate and William made it their permanent home following refurbishment work.
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Previously, Prince William was working as a helicopter pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the couple was keen for their children to have as a normal upbringing as possible, away from members of the public.
A source said: "Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work anymore.
"It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area."
There are other advantages if the Cambridges choose to move, including Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, being nearby in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
Kate's sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews, also live in the village with their two children.
After the tragic death of the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, it would be a boost to the Queen to have William and Kate nearby.
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