London: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly been telling friends that after less than a year of marriage, they are now ready to start a family.

They plan to start trying for a baby when Prince William returns from his current deployment in the Falkland Islands.

The couple hopes to bring up their first child at their cottage in Wales while he is serving in the RAF.

They believe their Isle of Angelsey home near the Duke's air force base is the perfect place for a baby's first year while he completes his tour of duty as a helicopter pilot. The couple will then settle in the more formal surroundings of Kensington Palace in London.

"They see it as a great opportunity to spend the early months as a family in the peace and tranquillity of Anglesey, away from the pressure of public life," a daily quoted a source as saying.

"Anglesey is perfect for them. The neighbours are welcoming and protective, the farmhouse where they live has the best security, and they love the area. The plan is to start trying after he comes back.

"They've been telling friends they'd love a family and feel it's a great time to get cracking," the source said.

William is coming to the end of six weeks as a search and rescue pilot in the Falklands.

After the royal couple's wedding last April, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced moves to change succession laws so that their first child - whether a boy or a girl - would inherit the crown.

In an interview when they announced their engagement, Prince William indicated children were a big part of their plans.

"We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids. But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that," he had said.

(Agencies)