Members of the Royal Family, the Middletons, are said to be delighted upon learning that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.
Prince Philip is under pressure to reduce workload following his heart scare as figures showed he barely slowed down last year.
The Royal family is planning its biggest Christmas celebration with a lot of guests invited to join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham.
Pippa Middleton has been invited to the Royal Family festivities and was asked to take part in the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot during Christmas at Sandringham.
Pippa Middleton has signed a US$ 640,000 (£400,000) publishing deal to write a guide to party planning, which will be released in time for Christmas next year.
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge has been undergoing a program of meetings designed to prepare her for everything that her official life will throw at her over the decades to come.
Britain’s Prince William and the former Kate Middleton begin their tour in California for a long weekend to promote British trade and film interests.
Prince Williams is ahead of his grandmother in a poll as the most trusted royal in the family.
Prince William will visit Australia and New Zealand on behalf of the Queen following invitations from the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia.