After posing for photos with his fiancée on his arm wearing his late mother’s engagement ring, William discussed his plans for marriage and starting a family. The couple had been dating for seven years before the second-in-line to the throne proposed to Kate on a romantic trip to Kenya.
As the pair looked forward to planning their wedding and settling into married bliss, they opened up about their wish to have children during an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby.
Now 10 years on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are doting parents to Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Louis.
Hours after announcing his wedding plans to the world, William was pressed on whether becoming a dad was part of his vision.
He said: “I think we’ll take it one step at a time.
“We’ll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids.
“But obviously we want a family, so we’ll have to start thinking about that.”
And Kate also spoke about her desire to become a mother.
She explained how her own family – her parents Michael and Carole, sister Pippa and brother James – were so important to her.
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The mother-of-three has during her royal engagements stressed how important time spent outdoors is for children’s mental and physical health.
Back in February William revealed his children had spent the half-term break helping out with newborn lambs.
He said: “Charlotte wasn’t sure at first but George was straight in there.
“Louis loves the tractors. They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs.”
The duke also said he wanted his three children to “see the country way of life as well as the city way of life”.
The Cambridges live in a sprawling apartment in Kensington Palace, two-and-a-half miles from George and Charlotte’s school in Battersea.
William and Kate frequently leave London for the peace and quiet of Norfolk during school holidays.
The couple’s country mansion, Anmer Hall, was a wedding gift from the Queen.
The 10-bedroom home on the Sandringham estate is surrounded by lush woodlands with plenty of space for the children to play.