The Duke and Duchess have made it a firm policy to put their children first while mapping out their lives as members of the Royal family, with a stable upbringing being their absolute priority.
They already arrange their working days around doing the school run, and want to continue being on hand to support them as they become more independent at school day or, one day, as future weekly boarders.
Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis are expected to all go to the same co-educational prep school near Windsor from the autumn.
The move will grant Prince William more one-on-one time with the 96-year-old Queen, both learning from her as an heir and for informal family teas.
It is expected to significantly change the dynamic at Windsor, where the Duke of York currently has the most contact with his mother and often visits her at home in her older age.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex also live nearby, with their children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn enjoying a close relationship with the Queen.
The move to Adelaide Cottage will be a major transition for the Cambridges, cementing the royal court’s new center at Windsor surrounding the Queen.
Weekends at Anmer Hall
The Cambridges are expected to retain their apartment and offices at Kensington Palace, where their staff are currently based and will remain. They will continue to work from their London office, it is understood, commuting the 30 miles rather than setting up a satellite office alongside the Queen’s staff at Windsor.
It is understood that their current country residence of Anmer Hall, where they are said to feel most at home in the Norfolk countryside, will also be kept on, used for some weekends and holidays with a view to the Duke and Duchess moving back in the long-term.