The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to visit the United States of America from the 7th to the 9th of December, it has been announced.
The Royal couple will travel to New York, where they will carry out a number of engagements on behalf of the Royal Foundation and Her Majesty’s Government. The Duke will also visit Washington DC for one day, though he will not be accompanied by the Duchess.
The events attended by The Duke and Duchess will revolve around the charities with which they are associated, including conservation issues, especially illegal wildlife trade, and supporting young people with mental health issues.
Upon their arrival in New York in the evening, the Royal couple will attend a private engagement on behalf of the behalf of the American Friends of The Royal Foundation.
In addition to his many charitable pursuits, Prince William is Patron of the University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary Campaign, an effort to secure the University’s future with a £100 million fundraising campaign. Along with Catherine, who is also an alumnus of St Andrews, William will attend the University’s 600th Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The next day, The Duke of Cambridge will make the journey to Washington DC alone, to take part in an anti-corruption conference at the World Bank to discuss a zero tolerance approach to the transportation across borders of illegal wildlife parts and trade in ivory. The Duke will attend the conference in his capacity as the President of the United For Wildlife consortium.
Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cambridge will remain in New York, where she will carry out two engagements. The first visit will be to a local child development centre, where the Duchess, who will be joined by The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, will learn about the organisation’s work towards the healthy development of children and families. Catherine will later attend a lunch hosted by British Consul General in New York, to acknowledge the establishment of a successful British community in New York.
In New York, Prince William will also attend a reception in honour of the conservation work carried out by Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife partners: Wildlife Conservation Society; Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy.
In the evening, William and Catherine will attend a Basketball game, to mark the collaboration between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.
On the final day of their visit, William and Catherine are set to visit a youth organisation, where they will learn about the support services offered to young people to help them achieve their potential, and the arts-in-education model that nurtures the artistic and intellectual talents of the students. The Duke will also attend a technology themed event hosted by a technology company based in New York, in an effort to bring together entrepreneurs from the UK and the USA.
Before they leave New York, the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Centre, the site of the horrendous attacks of 1993 and the devastating plane crash in 2001. The pair will pay their respects to the 3,000 people who lost their lives, before learning about the redevelopment of the One World Trade Centre, and the plans for its future.
William and Kate will end their visit with a reception to celebrate the British talent found in creative industries in New York, in association with the UK Government’s GREAT campaign.
For the duration of their visit, The Duke and Duchess will be accompanies by the British Ambassador to the United States of America, Sir Peter Westmacott and the British Consul General to New York, Mr. Danny Lopez.
This will be the first visit to New York and Washington DC for both William and Catherine, who previously visited the USA in 2011. On that occasion, which was the couple’s first overseas tour, they visited California.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not be accompanied by their 15 month-old son, Prince George, who will remain in England.