Kate to extend maternity leave to enjoy time with Prince George and the new baby

With the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton's, due date only weeks away, thoughts are clearly now turning to life after pregnancy. After welcoming Prince George in 2013, Kate returned to public life after less than a month, but it looks like second time around will see Kate take a different approach.

"She felt she came back too soon last time," a royal source told People magazine. "She wants to have that [family] and enjoy it with George and the new baby."

Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince George

Following the birth of little Prince George, now 21-months-old, in July 2013, Kate made her first appearance in the small seaside town of Anglesey, where her and William spent their first years of marriage, mere weeks after giving birth.

She later made her first official appearance Prince William's side two weeks later on 12 September, as the pair stepped out at the Tusk Conservation Awards.

William and Kate are expecting their second child in mid-to-late April, and People added: "She has told friends that she wants to fully enjoy the bonding experience for her two children under 2-years-old."

The British royals have now moved to their country home, Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham Estate, where they are believed to be settling in happily.

The birth of their second little bundle of joy, who bookies believe will arrive on Saturday 25 April, will also see the run up to little George's second birthday, which is sure to be celebrated at home quietly.

Prince William has begun his training at Bond Air Services

Anmer Hall is also an opportune location for the young family as it is nearby to Cambridge and Norwich, where William is preparing to start work as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The 32-year-old completed his first day of training at Bond Air Services last week, where he will soon begin undertake extra job-specific training with the company before he begins his new job in the summer, including on the job training which involves time in a simulator.