Why Kate Middleton and Prince William have put royal engagements on hold

The Prince and Princess of Wales have wrapped up all of their royal engagements for a fortnight for this reason.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are understood to have taken two weeks off work for this reason.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are thought to have taken two weeks off work to spend time with their families.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to have spent the half-term break this week with their three children, Prince Georg (opens in new tab)e, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven and Prince Louis, four, as youngsters across the country get a week off school. 

The time-off falls nicely as the couple have recently moved home to Adelaide Cottage (opens in new tab) in Windsor so their children can start their new school at Lambrook (opens in new tab) and they recently mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II (opens in new tab).

It was revealed on Thursday that Prince William will return to work on November 1st when he will attend the 10th annual Tusk conservation Awards in London and it's likely that Kate will be off work until then too.

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The release from Kensington Palace reads, "The Prince of Wales will celebrate the work of leading Africa-based conservationists at the annual Tusk Conservation Awards to be held next month at Hampton Court Palace.

"His Royal Highness will also join a symposium the next morning bringing together this year’s award winners, alumni from previous awards and conservation experts."

Kate's last known royal engagement was sending a letter of support to the England Rugby team, for which she is patron of.

It read, "To the England Rugby League teams, I wanted to wish you the very best of luck with your respective World Cup tournaments. I was so honoured to become Patron of the RFL earlier this year, not least because I know what an important moment this is for Rugby League. The ability to take part in any World Cup tournament is incredible, but to be able to do so on your home turf, hosting teams from around the world and showcasing everything that this fantastic sport has to offer is truly special...

She concluded, "Good luck! I know you will do us all very proud and I can't wait to see you all in action."