The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Prince George, will visit Australia and New Zealand in April.
Royal Central has put together their full diary:
The royal party (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and staff) will arrive at Wellington Airport, New Zealand. They will go straight to Government House, home to the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife Lady Mateparae, for a ceremonial welcome.
This day will be spent privately by the family, away from the capital.
On their first official engagement in New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess, possibly accompanied by Prince George, will attend a gathering of new mums and babies to recognise the work of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.
William and Catherine will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial in the town of Blenheim as part of commemorations for the outbreak of WW1.
From there, the Duke and Duchess will travel the short distance to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Here, the party will tour the ‘Knights of The Sky’ exhibition, Sir Peter Jackson’s outstanding display of World War One aircraft.
They will then travel back to Wellington to meet with the Leader of The Opposition and with the Prime Minister, and will later attend a State Reception given by the Governor General at Government House, where the Duke will deliver a short speech and also unveil a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.
The Duke and Duchess fly to Auckland. Firstly, the party will spend some time at the RNZAF base at Whenuapai, home to more than a thousand serving airmen and women.
Next, they travel into the city centre where they will visit the Emirates Team New Zealand base and board a boat that will take them to two of the team’s yachts – the Duke on one, the Duchess on the other. There will be a number of “informal” match races between the two racing yachts.
The royal couple will them travel, by Sealegs craft, to Westpark Marina, from where Their Royal Highnesses return to the Air Force base and to Wellington.
The Duke and Duchess will travel to the Waikato region of the North Island. The first engagement of the day is split: The Duke will visit a company called Pacific Aerospace at Hamilton Airport and The Duchess will visit a children’s hospice called Rainbow Place in the town of Hamilton.
They will then meet up at the war memorial in Cambridge to pay their respects, before travelling through the town centre.
From here, they travel to New Zealand’s brand new national velodrome, on the outskirts of Cambridge, called the Avantidrome, which Their Royal Highnesses will formally open.
William and Catherine will depart for a two-day trip away from Wellington (without Prince George) to Dunedin, Queenstown and finally Christchurch, all on the South Island.
After attending a Palm Sunday service at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Their Royal Highnesses travel to the city’s famed rugby stadium to watch a festival of Rippa Rugby.
From here, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fly to Queenstown for two events in the late afternoon: wine tasting and a trip to the Shotover River to experience the Shotover Jet. The couple will then stay at a hotel in the Queenstown area.
The royal party will visit Christchurch where they will receive a formal welcome ceremony from Ngai Tahu in the city centre, before having a chance to see some of the work going on in the central business district. The couple will also mark the coming of the Cricket World Cup to Christchurch in 2015.
The Duke and Duchess will then travel to the Wigram Air Force Museum on the outskirts of Christchurch, where the couple will view the plans for the current and future rebuilding of the city. On departure from the museum, Their Royal Highnesses will view the Memorial Wall, dedicated to those in the Royal New Zealand Air Force who have died in the service of their country.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend this day privately,
This will be the Duke and Duchess’s last day in New Zealand before moving off to Australia. They will visit the Royal New Zealand Police College just outside Wellington.
The couple will then make a final drive back to Wellington, where they will stop in the city centre to sign the City of Wellington’s Visitors Book (this may also include a meet & greet walkabout) before they leave for Australia.
On their arrival in Australia, the Duke and Duchess will head straight to the Sydney Opera House for a Reception given by the Governor and Premier of New South Wales. The Duke will give a short speech here to mark the start of Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to Australia.
William and Catherine first plan to visit the Blue Mountains, to the west of Sydney, where they’ll meet some of the families affected by the bushfires which swept through the area in October last year.
The royal couple hope to have a chance to ‘see for themselves some of the natural beauty for which the Blue Mountains are famed’, Kensington Palace say.
Good Friday will be spent in Sydney with the Duke and Duchess first visiting the Royal Easter Show, which takes place at the Sydney Olympic Park.
They will then visit Bear Cottage, which is a children’s hospice doing some simply amazing work with youngsters with life-limiting conditions and helping to support their families.
The Duke and Duchess will then be heading to Queensland. First, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley.
From Amberley, The Duke and Duchess travel into Brisbane city centre to attend a Reception hosted by the Governor and the Premier of Queensland, which will be focused on Queensland’s young people drawn from a variety of walks of life and interests.
This is Easter Sunday; the royal party will begin the day at the morning service at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney city centre. Here, the couple will sign the ‘First Fleet Bible’ – the Bible used in the first Christian service held in Australia in 1788.
Following Church, the Duke and Duchess will visit Taronga Zoo, where the Duke and Duchess will first view the Bilby Enclosure. Taronga Zoo will be naming their Bilby Enclosure after Prince George.
Easter Monday will be spent privately by the Cambridges.
In the morning the royal party will visit Uluru, which is the traditional Aboriginal name for Ayer’s Rock – without Prince George. The couple will attend a “Welcome to Country” ceremony from members of the local indigenous communities.
The royal couple will view an indigenous art display and later attend afternoon tea, given by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. After tea, the Duke and Duchess will visit Uluru itself, taking a short walk along its base in the company of a local guide. The couple will then spend the night in the area.
The Cambridges will fly to Adelaide in South Australia to visit the suburb of Elizabeth (named after The Queen in 1955). The first stop for the couple will be the Northern Sound System, which is a music studio and workshop for young people. The Duke and Duchess will then watch a skate-boarding display in the skate park just outside the studios.
This will be followed by a short drive, plus a short walk, to Playford Civic Centre, for a lively reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia. From here the couple will return to Canberra, returning there late afternoon.
The penultimate day of their visit will be spent in Canberra; it begins at the National Portrait Gallery, where the couple will view an exhibition of artworks and have the privilege to meet some of the subjects of the portraits.
From the Gallery, The Duke and Duchess move to Parliament House, where Prime Minister Abbott will kindly host a Reception in the Great Hall, and the Duke will deliver a speech.
Following this reception, in the afternoon, the Royal couple head to the National Arboretum, perched high on the hills overlooking the city in a quite spectacular location. The Duke and Duchess will plant a tree, before meeting groups of local children and their parents.
The final engagement of the day takes place at Government House, where a Reception will be kindly hosted by the Governor-General in honour of The Duke and Duchess.
This is the last day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Australia. It is ANZAC day in Australia and the Duke and Duchess will attend the ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service at the Australian War Memorial. The Service in Canberra will remember the 99th year of the Anzac landings, and will be followed for the Duke and Duchess by a tree planting in the Memorial Garden – planting a seed from a lone pine which was taken from the site of the Gallipoli battle.
The Cambridges will then prepare to return to the UK. After farewells to their hosts, the Royal Party depart Defence Establishment Fairbairn, Canberra, for London.
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