It has been announced that The Duke of Cambridge will visit Japan and China early next year at the request of Her Majesty’s Government.
Prince William will depart for the trip in late February and return to Britain in early March. He will spend around three days in each country.
The Duke will arrive in Japan for the first leg of the trip, where he will take part in engagements in Tokyo, among other cities, on behalf of the British Government. These engagements will focus on UK-Japan relations, especially relating to matters of commerce and culture. During his time in Japan, William will also promote the combating of the illegal wildlife trade, which is a personal interest of the Prince.
After this, The Duke will travel to China where he will officially open the GREAT Festival of Creativity at Shanghai’s Long Museum on the 2nd March 2015. The Shanghai GREAT Festival of Creativity, which is part of the GREAT Britain campaign, seeks to give over 500 of Britain’s most innovative businesses the opportunity to establish potential Chinese business partners.
William will visit Beijing and other Chinese cities to promote UK-China relations, and he will again illustrate his support for organisations who are helping to prevent the illegal wildlife trade and encourage wildlife conservation in China.
Further details of The Duke’s visit will be released at a later date.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have previously visited China in 1986, and visited Japan in May 1975. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall also traveled to Japan in October 2008. Over the years, Prince Charles has supported several heritage and cultural initiatives between the UK and China through the Prince’s Charitable Foundation China, which was established in 2009.