Why we’re unlikely to see much of Duchess Catherine and Prince William over the coming month

Their surprise joint appearance at the men’s singles final at Wimbledon may the last we’ll see of the royal couple for a while.

While down here in the Southern Hemisphere we're rugging up in big coats and scarves, on the other side of the world they're kicking up their feet and enjoying the warm summer weather and of course, that long summer break.
And after their surprise joint engagement at Sunday's men's singles finals at Wimbledon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can now sit back and relax as they too head on summer holiday, taking a break from royal duties for the months of July and August.
According to Hello! the royal couple will make an exception on August 9th however, to host the inaugural King's Cup sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight, where the couple will be going head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats in an eight boat regatta race.
The winning team will be presented with the historic King's Cup, with the aim of the event to raise awareness and funds for eight of the couple's patronages which include Centrepoint UK, London's Air Ambulance Charity, Action on Addiction and Place 2 Be.
The couple are then not expected to make any further public appearances until September, but may, according to Hello!, carry out private engagements at Kensington Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiling the historic King's Cup during the launch of the King's Cup Regatta. (Image: Getty)
How will they be spending their break?
While on previous summer breaks the Cambridges have holidayed to the likes of Greece and the Caribbean, according to Express, the family are opting for a 'staycation' this year, and will likely head to their country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk or pay a visit to the Queen and Prince Philip at their Balmoral estate.
But while their parents were busy with their royal engagements, it seems the two eldest Cambridge children were already enjoying their summer break, where they were spotted over the weekend visiting their grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton in Berkshire.
Seen attending the Englefield Summer Fete, a local told People: "They were having such fun going from stall to stall, playing on all the games.
"George did pretty well at the 'crockery smash' stall. He looked very pleased with himself."
Adding: "They were so cute, and Charlotte particularly was very friendly, politely saying hello to other children. George was running around, exactly like all the other children."
Prince George and Charlotte at the charity polo match last week. (Image: Getty)
The sighting comes just days after the children accompanied Kate to the King Power Royal Charity Polo last Wednesday with their cousin Archie and the Duchess of Sussex in tow and if you just can't get enough of the cuteness you'll be pleased to hear that we're likely to get another chance of seeing the eldest of the Cambridge children very very soon.
That's right, it's Prince George's sixth birthday on July 22nd, and as has become the tradition, we're likely to be treated to some very adorable snaps of the future King ahead of the special day.
Just like the birthdays of Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, this year, Kensington Palace are likely to share a handful of images ahead of the young royal's birthday, and if they're anything like Charlotte and Louis', not only will they be absolutely adorable but they'll also be taken by his mother, Duchess Catherine!
The Duchess is no stranger to getting behind the camera, sharing plenty of beautiful snaps of her children over the years and we hope Prince George's birthday next week is no different.
One of three of the beautiful photographs taken by Kate and shared to mark Princess Charlotte's 4th birthday in May. (Image: Duchess of Cambridge via AP)
While we may never know how Prince George will celebrate his birthday, if it's anything like Charlotte's he could be in for a big lively party at the Palace.
On the day of Charlotte's birthday Prince William had to attend an Investiture at Buckingham Palace, however according to CBE recipient, renowned author Julia Donaldson: "he said he was going to have quite a rowdy party – he's got a lot of children [coming to the party]."
Sounds like fun!