Kate Middleton Debuts New Look as Prince William Ponders Future

Nov 28, 2012 1:32pm

Prince William and Kate Middleton have marked another first in their young married life by visiting their namesake city for the first time as a married couple.

William and Kate, both 30, split their time between Wales, where William serves as a pilot, and their hometown of London but today they visited Cambridge, proving that you can take the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge out of Cambridge but you can’t take the Cambridges out of Cambridge, perhaps.

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William and Kate, sporting her new much-buzzed about hairdo with bangs, were met by enthusiastic crowds at every stop on their tour of the English city, including a lunchtime reception at Cambridge University’s Senate House where Prince William described their joy at sharing a kinship with the town since their April 2011 wedding.

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“We both feel immense pride at being associated with Cambridge, a place renowned the world over for its dynamism, beauty and learning, and it is lovely for us to be here together today,” Prince William said, according to the BBC.

The couple’s visit to Cambridge, 19 months after their wedding day, comes at a crossroads for Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, as he chooses whether to continue with the Royal Air Force (RAF) or take on a full-time role as a royal.

“If he could stay in the military when they do have their first child…that gives them the opportunity to have a little bit of a family life away from the glare of the spotlight of being full-time royals,” Victoria Murphy, royal correspondent for the UK’s The Mirror told ABC News.

The question of when the couple will become pregnant with their first child is a hot topic in England and around the world as every sip, or no sip, and move by Middleton is scrutinized as a hint to whether or not she is with child.

On Tuesday Middleton stepped out solo at London’s Natural History Museum in a green Mulberry dress that she also wore to a Buckingham Palace reception last year.  In a first, what made headlines over her is-she-or-isn’t-she pregnancy figure was her new hairdo, a darker look from her signature brunette locks and new layers around her face, including slight bangs.

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Even with the new hairdo, the focus remains on when the couple will produce an heir to the throne, particularly with Prince William saying he definitely wants children.

“I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future,” William told ABC News’ Katie Couric in May. Asked by Couric if there was anything else he wanted to share, he answered with a laugh, “You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped.

William, who must decide on his future by the end of this year, also opened up to Couric about the stress of that decision and of possibly leaving his role as an RAF search-and-rescue captain.

“I’m still trying to decide,” he told Couric at the time. “It’s a really difficult one because I really enjoy my time in the Air Force. And I’d love to continue it. But the pressures of my other life are building. And fighting them off or balancing the two of them has proven quite difficult.”

 

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