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William and Kate Down Under: what we know already

<![CDATA[In December, it was finally confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be heading down under this Spring.
Prince William and Kate will visit Australia and New Zealand in April for their first visit abroad as parents.
Royal Central gives you the lowdown on what we know already:

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will begin their tour in New Zealand before flying onto Australia.
  • The tour is expected to last nearly a month with ten days in each country and rest days.


  • Prince George is ‘anticipated’ to travel with his parents, and make a few appearances along the way!
  • George will be nearly 9 months old when the tour takes place, which is the same age Prince William was when he visited with his parents Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1983.


  • It will be Prince George’s first visit abroad.
  • The visit will be the Duchess’ first time in either country although Kate and William did briefly stop in Brisbane on their way home from their tour of South-East Asia in September 2012.
  • The tour will be William and Kate’s third official overseas tour, after the couple’s visit to Canada and Los Angeles in July 2011 and South-East Asia in September 2012.


  • Earlier this year, New Zealand Prime Minister revealed Kate was keen to make her first official visit to the country. “I know that the Duchess is very to come to New Zealand,” he told reporters after spending a weekend at Balmoral with the Royal Family in September.
  • The trip down under will be William’s first visit since 2011, when he visited New Zealand and Australia in March 2011.


  • William gave the biggest clue the couple would visit Australia just weeks after Prince George’s birth, at the Anglesey Show, when he told a couple from Adelaide: “We are all very hopeful of coming to Australia next year.”
  • Exact dates and itinerary will be revealed closer to the time according to Kensington Palace

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