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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to start a family, but when you're royalty, these things require planning ... and generate major buzz.

Kate Middleton's womb status is the subject of more speculation than who will portray Christian and Ana in 50 Shades of Grey. Everyone's got a theory.

While last week's Kate Middleton baby bump "reveal" looks like it was a false alarm (stunning), a source now says her pregnancy is - gasp! - being talked about!

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"There's a window in place," a royal insider tells Us Weekly, adding that Kate and Prince William are hoping to conceive their first-born child anytime between the final leg of their royal tour in September 2012 and Summer 2013.

If that sounds rigid ... it is. But "they're so excited!" says the source.

This summer, the duo will be the de facto emcees for the 2012 Olympics held in London, and will be taking a royal Asia-Pacific tour in September ... but sounds like they will be having a LOT of fun after that!

Their ideal scenario, supposedly? A New Year Day's announcement, with the glowing Duchess just hitting the three-month mark in her pregnancy.

No pressure, Kate.

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Let us now pause from debating Kate Middleton baby bump photos to discuss the simple, undisputed and unrelated fact that Prince William is the man.

Not only is he rich, smart, handsome, married to a beautiful girl and a future monarch, but he's on his way to becoming a decorated serviceman!

Two years after joining the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force, the Duke of Cambridge has officially qualified to be an operational captain.

William can now lead missions in RAF Sea King helicopters by himself.

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The 29-year-old recently helped save the lives of Russian seamen whose cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea last November, co-piloting the aircraft.

William's advancement comes after two years of flying experience and study with C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales.

Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the RAF, "demonstrated the required standards needed for the award of operation captaincy," his commanding officer said.

"Due to the nature of search and rescue operations, the required standards are always set at a very high level. Operational captaincy carries the overarching responsibility for the continued safety of the aircraft, its crew and any casualties."

Wills - way to go man!

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Forget Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The British royal family has an even bigger reason to start popping the champagne this month ... at least according to the venerable In Touch Weekly.

The celebrity gossip magazine "exclusively" reveals a photo of Kate Middleton in a rare, unguarded moment - with what looks like a cute baby bump!

Is Prince William's beautiful bride pregnant at last?

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“We thought at first it might be just the way her dress fell as she walked,” says a witness who saw Kate hurrying into a local jeweler in London May 31.

“But if you looked closely," the Middleton sleuth continues, "it was a definite baby bump. It was prominent enough to cast a shadow below.”

That thing cast a shadow? Really?

Kate’s appearance may hold even more clues, says the witness: “She certainly has a glow in her cheeks ... her face is more rounded - and so is her bottom.”

Like many pregnant women concerned with chemicals in hair dye, Kate Middleton is also letting her gray roots show - a major departure for the style icon.

All of this is true, though it's equally possible that the notoriously thin Kate has merely put on a few pounds and hasn't been to the hair salon in awhile.

The Palace has remained silent on the subject, but Prince William did tell Katie Couric recently that he is “very keen to have a family,” and soon.

Aww. Congratulations, you two ... maybe.

UPDATE, 2/3/13: Now that Kate actually is pregnant, for real, the bump watch is underway in earnest! Check out the first Kate Middleton baby bump pic!

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In a rare interview, Prince William gave ABC News the clearest sign yet that he and his wife Kate Middleton are planning to try for a baby soon.

In an interview to mark his grandmother’s diamond jubilee - 60 years on the throne - the future king said starting a family is a top priority.

Discussing his military plans, Prince William, who will himself turn 30 next month (Kate Middleton turned 30 this winter), told Katie Couric:

"More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. That’s the key thing really."

"But I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are very much looking forward to having a family in the future."

When asked whether there was anything he would like to announce, the prince said coyly: "You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped."

Fortunately, Couric didn't overtly ask about the recent pregnancy rumors.

William and brother his Prince Harry opened up during an interview at Clarence House in London for The Jubilee Queen, ABC's special series on her.

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Kate Middleton has officially stepped outside of her fashion comfort zone!

In London Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge worked the red carpet at the BOA Olympic Concert dress in a stunning emerald Jenny Packham pleated gown.

The design, which featured a low-cut neckline and a sheer, lace back, is accented with a crystal-adorned ribbon that cinched the royal's waist. Take a look:

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The 30-year-old fashion icon paired the breathtaking dress with Jimmy Choo "Vamp" platform glitter sandals and a matching Jenny Packham bespoke clutch.

The more-revealing-than-normal number wasn't her only new look this week. Kate Middleton's dress earlier this week turned heads due to its slit up the leg.

Kate, who arrived hand-in-hand with her husband Prince William, wore her hair in an elaborate braided chignon that ensured the dress' sheer back was on display.

Another resounding style win, wouldn't you say? For many more of the fashionable royal's looks, follow the link for THG's gallery of Kate Middleton pics!

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The world's most famous newlyweds are no longer newlyweds.

It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since Prince William and Kate Middleton became Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at London's Westminster Abbey.

The royal wedding was a spectacle unlike any other, and not simply because William is royalty: It's a celebrity news story that isn't the slightest bit negative!

Nary a harsh word is ever said about the couple, who the whole world is rooting for to succeed (while speculating over Kate's future pregnancy) 24/7/365.

A year after they declared their love for each other in front of an estimated two billion (!) viewers, they're keeping their first wedding anniversary private.

The Duke and Duchess were to spend part of the weekend with friends in London, then return to their home in Anglesey, on the Welsh coast, by Sunday.

So here's to William and Kate! Click to enlarge some of our favorite photos of the royal no-longer-newlyweds on this, their one-year wedding anniversary:

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are back together and back on the red carpet. The royal couple, who are set to celebrate their first wedding anniversary Sunday, stepped out Wednesday for the London premiere of the Disney Nature film, African Cats.

Nothing could rain on their parade ... not even rain:

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  • William and Kate at Movie Premiere

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a tailored gray Matthew Williamson peplum dress with a jeweled turquoise hem to the event, which benefitted one of her husband's charitable causes, the Tusk Trust charity.

The film tells the story of a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs.

It's the first event for William and Kate since he returned from military service in the Falklands. She held her own, making several appearances solo in his absence.

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Their first royal wedding anniversary is on April 29.

They just shelved plans for a trip to Africa later this year.

Their friends are having kids, being in their late 20s/early 30s and all.

They're making family-friendly renovations to their home at Kensington.

All of this means absolutely nothing, but just the same, it's enough for many to assume that babies are on the brain for Kate Middleton and Prince William.

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People's new cover story is devoted entirely to this topic, as a matter of fact.

The fast-approaching anniversary and Palace's recent sensitivity to the subject have led to a new round of Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors, and veteran royal watchers believe the couple is poised to start a family sooner rather than later.

When the time comes, "they are ready for a baby," an insider says.

Although they are unlikely to announce a pregnancy before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration (marking 60 years on the throne) this summer, like any couple, "they will let nature and life take its course," adds a royal source.

In particular, watching their friends become parents "does help" boost William and Kate's decision to follow suit, a family insider says. So ... who's got November 15 in the Kate pregnancy announcement pool? Mark it down, baby.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will mark their first wedding anniversary April 29, but don't expect them to be announcing any baby news then.

As Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors run rampant, again, an insider close to the couple confirms that the Duchess is not expecting a bundle of joy.

"Kate is not pregnant or about to make a pregnancy announcement," the royal insider explained of Middleton, who has been dogged by this for a year.

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The most significant round of pregnancy rumors surfaced back in November when she refused peanut paste on a visit to Denmark. Turns out she was not pregnant.

Though there isn't any baby news, the royal couple does have something to celebrate. William is back from his six-week deployment off the coast of Argentina.

Shortly after Wills reunited with his bride, the duo headed off with her parents, Carole and Michael, and her siblings, James and Pippa Middleton, for a ski trip.

Says an eyewitness of the group, who opted to share the same chalet: "They looked very happy together." We would expect nothing less from the royals.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are headed back to the balcony that saw the kiss seen 'round the world.

When they stepped out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace last April 29 as husband and wife and kissed for the first time, it was a magic moment.

Soon, the royals are set to return to that location in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee anniversary marking her 60-year reign, on June 5.

Prior, the family will attend a service at St Paul's Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall and a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

Somehow we doubt William and Kate will upstage his grandmother with another kiss, but the royal wedding was a day many in the UK will remember.

Taking the moment up a notch, after the much-anticipated public display of affection, a Royal Air Force flyover took to the skies to seal the spectacle.

The Queen at least deserves that.

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