The royal couple and their children's transition out of Kensington Palace is drawing near.
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A royal move is underway for Kate Middleton and Prince William! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are packing up and leaving their home in Kensington Palace to be closer to the matriarch of their family (just 10 minutes away!)—and they couldn't be more thrilled about this nearing transition. "The whole family [is] extremely excited to be moving to Windsor, not just because it will bring them closer to [Queen Elizabeth II] but it's a perfect happy medium that brings them closer to London than if they chose to settle full time in Berkshire or Amner Hall," a source close to the couple told Us Weekly

There are also plenty of other perks to the family of five's new neighborhood. "They'll still get to enjoy those locations of course, but by being in Windsor they're only 20 miles from Central London and Buckingham Palace and it's a beautiful environment that's steeped in history and such a special location to call home," the source continued.

This move is the best next step for the royal couple, as "neither William nor Kate have ever been London people and have never enjoyed the chaos of the city," Marie Claire reported back in January, citing royal expert Kate Nicholl's insight to OK! magazine. "Whilst their home at Kensington Palace is highly secure, they have often felt overlooked and that they lacked privacy."

The pair also had their children, Prince George, Prince Charlotte, and Prince Louis, top of mind when thinking about the best area for them to grow up: "The older their children get, the more apparent this has become. They love being at Anmer," said Nicholl. "But they need a base that is close to the capital so they can easily return for public engagements and events. Windsor seems like the ideal situation."

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