14/08/2014 12:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

The Queen Invites Kate And William To 'Babymoon' At Balmoral - But Will She Leave Her Parents?

Queen invites Kate and William to 'babymoon' at Balmoral - but will Kate go?

Kate Middleton is reported to be planning to spend six weeks post-baby with her parents in Berkshire, but the Queen is said to have stepped in with a counter offer: a week's 'babymoon' at her Balmoral estate three weeks after the Royal delivery.

The Mirror reports that the Queen has requested the company of her newest great-grandchild during the second week of August, when she will be on her annual summer retreat at her Scottish Highlands home.

The paper claims a source close to the Royals revealed that Her Majesty is looking forward to the impending arrival, and wants to spend time with the young family.

"The Queen's very excited about Kate and Will's new addition to the family. She sent them a formal invitation asking them to come to Balmoral and is hoping they will be there for the whole week," the mole said.

"Her Majesty has hundreds of happy memories from Balmoral dating back to her childhood. She will love spending quality time with William and Kate and their baby away from prying eyes."

Ah, and so it begins! We wonder if anyone warned Kate about these 'which side of the family do we visit' dilemmas that crop up oh-so-regularly once you have kids.

Christmas should be interesting....