The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have both spoken publicly of their desire to start a family of their own and have shown themselves to be naturals around children.
In their engagement interview Kate told ITV News family was "very important" to her and she hoped they would be "be able to have a happy family ourselves".
And during an interview with ABC broadcaster Katie Couric William revealed he would "rather like to have children".
The couple, who regularly meet children on official engagements, have always shown themselves to be very at ease around youngsters which should set them in good stead for parenthood.
Here, Kate and William are captured with children from across the world: