The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to be the royal guests of honour at the Randwick Racecourse in Australia this summer.
The royal couple, along with their son Prince George, intend to travel to Australia and New Zealand in April. While the itinerary is uncertain as yet, an insider told The Telegraph, “We are expecting William and Kate to attend the championships on April 19th for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.”
Undoubtedly, the Duke and Duchess will be supporting the Queen’s horse, Carlton House. Trained by Australian businesswoman turned trainer, Gai Waterhouse, Carlton House will be competing in the rich Group I event.
The royals are due to arrive in New South Wales three days before the Racing Championship. The racecourse is located around six kilometers away from its capital, Sydney, and is operated by the Australian Turf Club.
ATC media officer, Brett Devine, has said that the club will “follow the appropriate protocol in extending invitations for the Duke and Duchess to be guests for the magnificent race meeting. We will move heaven and Earth to have them at Royal Randwick during their visit.”
The Cambridges’ stay Down Under is expected to last for ten days. This will be the Duchess’ first visit to the island country, and Prince George’s first royal tour abroad. Already, comparisons are being made between this visit and that of Prince William in 1983, when, as a nine-month old infant, he accompanied his parents to Australia.