On Monday, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an official visit to Paris next month.
From 17-18 March, the royal couple will attend various events in the City of Lights.
Their visit to the French capital will come at the same time British Prime Minister, Theresa May, hopes to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – signifying the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Mrs May hopes to begin Brexit negotiations whilst strengthening the United Kingdom’s bilateral relationship with France.
The Duke and Duchess could prove pivotal in the process, as the French Presidential election approaches, the UK wants to identify any potential trade opportunities.
The Duke and Duchess will attend a reception with French youth leaders. A formal dinner will also be held at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador. The second-in-line to the throne and his wife will also be special guests at the France v Wales Six Nations test at the Stade de France.
This year marks the 20th anniversary since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Though The Duke will be visiting the French capital, he will not make a stop at the Pont D’Alma tunnel, the scene of the car crash where his mother died. Nor will he commemorate her death in Paris in August.
Aside from the various royal tours of 2012, 2014, and 2016, this is the first short overseas trip the Duke and Duchess will make together as a couple. They have made solo trips to France in the past in a private capacity.
Royal Central will be bringing you continued coverage of William and Catherine’s trip to France over the next month.