updated 04/04/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/04/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
Their friends are having kids. They’re getting ready to start making family-friendly renovations to their home at Kensington Palace. And their first anniversary is fast approaching on April 29.
From their decision to quietly “shelve” a hoped-for trip to Africa to the Palace’s recent sensitivity to speculation on the subject, veteran royal watchers say the couple is poised to start a family sooner rather than later.