We have a selection of tidbits to share today, beginning with the surprising news of William and Kate's most trusted aide's departure. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, their principal private secretary, has told the royals he will be stepping down from his full time post. He has told the Princes and the Duchess that he wants to take up consultancy roles in the private sector, but intends to spend one day a week at St James's Palace to act as a sounding board for younger members of staff.
More from The Telegraph story:
'The former SAS Major, who has been a constant presence at the Duke's side for the past eight years, will stay at St James's Palace to help them handle the intense international attention which will come with the birth of their baby in July, but intends to leave in September.
The 52-year-old has become such a close personal friend of the Duke and Duchess that his son, William, now aged 12, was one of two pageboys at their wedding in 2011. There are no plans to replace Mr Lowther-Pinkerton, who was only promoted to his current role last year, having served as private secretary since 2005.'
He is also a director of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry. Mr Lowther-Pinkerton has been an incredibly loyal and supportive member of the Duke and Duchess's staff and will no doubt be greatly missed. However, I'm sure he will still provide the young royals with guidance when needed and remain a close friend. It has been quite a year for William and Kate's office; their chief bodyguard, Chief Inspector John Hourihan, resigned last month following five years with the couple.
As William and Kate's right-hand man prepares to leave the couple have found a new right-hand woman. One of the Queen's most trusted servants, Miss Antonella Fresolone, has been poached by the Duke and Duchess with Her Majesty's blessing to help them in their new life as parents at Kensington Palace.
More from Camilla Tominey's article:
'The experienced staff member, who has worked at Buckingham Palace for 13 years, was among dozens of applicants for the coveted role. She beat fierce competition for the £23,000 a year position, which will see her overseeing the Cambridges' household and even walking their dog.
Miss Fresolone, who is understood to have started her job two weeks ago, has moved into a staff apartment at Kensington Palace, where the couple are renovating their new family home.'
A couple of fascinating articles have been written about William and Kate in the media this weekend including an excerpt from a new book Diana's Baby By Angela Levin which shares insights into William's incredibly close bond with Kate.
'It was a moment of unguarded, exuberantly shared joy. As Sir Chris Hoy pedalled to victory in the velodrome during London's Olympic Games, neither Prince William nor his wife, could hide their excitement and delight. She flung her arms around him, clasping her hands possessively at the nape of his neck, he held her close, his hands wrapped protectively around her. This, clearly, was a couple in love. And more than willing to reveal their feelings.
Rarely has a royal couple exuded such warmth or tender sentiment and intimacy in public. Certainly William's parents, Prince Charles and the late, Diana, Princess of Wales never once hinted at, never mind displayed, such obvious delight in each other, even at the onset of their marriage.'
William's close relationship with the Middleton family is also featured at length:
'William, however has sought to salvage something from the wreckage of his parents marriage, and his strategy has been to make himself as 'ordinary' as his position has allowed.
But going to McDonald's or meeting homeless people could only ever provide a limited insight. He needed am alternative family who could take him back to basics, become the model, which is why the Middletons, with their solid middle-class values, are now pivotal in William's blueprint for the future. Clearly he has determined that, in as far as it is possible, he wants his home life to modelled on that of the Middletons, and his children's early lives to reflect that of their mother's.
From the moment he met Kate at St. Andrew's University he was drawn to her open and direct manner. And to the altogether more simple, less restricted and less protocol -ridden lifestyle that she dangled tantalisingly before him.
William loved becoming part of her warm family unit, and it was a novel and healing experience for him that Kate's parents got on so well. He revelled in their easy going manner, their lack of stuffy formality. Spending time with them also gave him the chance to observe and learn how a settled, caring family works: something he has never, truly witnessed.'
The excerpt ends with this sentiment:
'The unremarkable middle-class family could be the saving of William - and this baby could mark the final closure of a history of misery and the beginning of a new and healthy family. We will also see the fruition of a seed that Diana sowed in William, which he will now pass on, in a rich and deeper way, to his own child.
The baby will, perhaps, be hers as will.'
Diana's Baby is available at Embooks for £4.99.
The Telegraph's Gordon Rayner wrote a splendid piece on the Duchess: The Duchess of Cambridge: Serene, Savy - and Solo in which he writes about Kate's self-confidence and plans to stay with her parents after the baby is born:
'The Duchess intends to spend a lot of time during the first few weeks of her baby's life staying at her parents Georgian Manor House in Bucklebury. The Duchess's decision to stay with her parents will have been welcomed by her husband, who regards the Middleton as an extension of his own family.'
The article also mentions Kate's plans to eventually take on 20-30 causes at a time.
Another cover for Kate this week!
We'll be back tomorrow, with a very exciting giveaway! :)