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There will be opportunities to see George (apart from at departures and arrivals) which are expected to included a parents and toddlers group in New Zealand and a zoo in Australia. William and Kate have organised their schedules to ensure they spend only two nights away from their son. They plan to use hubs in Wellington, Sydney and Canberra to ensure they maximise their time together. It has been reported the Cambridges have hired a young European nanny to take care of George. No members of the Middleton family will accompany them; they will travel with an entourage not including protection officers and the Duchess will NOT be taking a dresser but will have up to 32 outfit changes.
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'Kate, has never visited either country but "has wanted to do so as long as she can remember", said William's private secretary Miguel Head. "It's a tremendously exciting visit and I can tell you Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward too it immensely.
Their is no hiding their enthusiasm for this visit by both The Duke and The Duchess. The Duke has no doubt that his wife will fall in love with New Zealand and Australia every bit as much as he did, some years ago. Kate is particularly looking forward to experiencing some of the extraordinary warmth and hospitality for which the people of both countries are renowned the world over,"added Miguel'.
Monday, 7 April Wellington
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George will arrive at the Military Terminal at Wellington Airport on a Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft. The Duke and Duchess will attend a ceremonial welcoming ceremony, including a Maori Powhiri and inspection of a guard of honour.
Tuesday, 8 April Wellington
No engagements scheduled.
Wednesday, 9 April Wellington
The Cambridges will attend an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children at Government House, Wellington. It will offer the royals a nice opportunity to chat with other parents, no doubt they'll have plenty of stories to share about little George. Speaking of the little Prince, he'll accompany his parents for this one, marking his first official engagement.
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Thursday, 10 April Blenheim
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a wreath-laying ceremony and commemoration at War Memorial, Seymour Square, Blenheim and view an exhibition of WWI aircraft before moving outside to view the static WWI display, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
The day will end with a State Reception at Government House where William will give a short speech and unveil a portrait of The Queen.
Friday, 11 April Auckland
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet serving Air Force personnel and their families in a hangar adjacent to the runway at RNZAF Whenuapai, Auckland. The couple will each board an Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup yacht and sail around Auckland Harbour. Finally, William and Kate will travel across Auckland Harbour in a 'Sealegs' craft to Westpark Marina, Auckland.
Saturday, 12 April Waikato
April 12 begins with solo engagements for the Cambridges. The Duke of Cambridge will view the manufacturing plant and a static display of the XSTOL aircraft at Pacific Aerospace, Hamilton Airport, while The Duchess of Cambridge will meet children, families and nursing staff, and view a play therapy session at Rainbow Place Children's Hospice Waikato, Hamilton.
Afterwards the couple will pay their respects at the town War Memorial in Cambridge before travelling through the town centre, before opening the Avantidrome in Hamilton. They will also start several races, watch a BMX display, and meet Olympic athletes.
Sunday, 13 April Dunedin
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive at Dunedin airport and be greeted by members of the Ngai Tahu iwi. Shortly afterwards they will attend a service at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dunedin. The couple will wrap up the day by watching, and participating in, a Rippa Rugby tournament at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. It should be enormous fun if they both join in and play on opposing teams.
Sunday, 13 April Queenstown
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Otago Wines, Amisfield Winery, where they will sample local wines and produce, tour the vineyard, and travel on the Shotover Jet along the Shotover River.
Monday, 14 April Christchurch
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be greeted by members of the Ngai Tahu iwi at Christchurch City Council Building and will remember the 185 people who died in the February 2011 earthquake. The Duke of Cambridge last visited New Zealand in March 2011, shortly after the Christchurch earthquake.
William and Kate will once again indulge their athletic interests by watching, and participating in, a 2015 Cricket World Cup event. The packed day continues with a lunch held by the Chamber of Commerce, and later, a viewing of the RNZAF Memorial Wall at Wigram Air Force Base in Christchurch.
Wednesday, 16 April Wellington
The couple will mark their final day in New Zealand with a selection of interesting engagements. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet recruits, pay their respects to those officers killed on duty, view a police training display and dog display at Royal New Zealand Police College, Porirua, near Wellington. They will conclude their visit to New Zealand with a short walk through the Civic Centre and sign the city's visitors’ book at Wellington City Centre before departing Wellington on board a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft from Military Terminal, Wellington Airport.
Wednesday, 16 April Sydney
The Australian leg of the tour kicks off on Wednesday, 16 April when the Cambridges arrive at Sydney Airport and head straight to Sydney Opera House for a reception.
Following the reception, they will take a boat across the harbour to Admiralty House, which will be their base in Australia. Admiralty House is the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia. It is located in the suburb of Kirribilli, on the northern foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The large sandstone mansion offers stunning views and a private retreat for the couple during downtime.
Thursday, 17 April Blue Mountains
The Duke and Duchess will visit the Blue Mountains where they will meet families affected by the October fires and visit bushfire affected streets. For those of you who many not have previously heard, the 2013 New South Wales bushfires were a series of fires in Australia - primarily starting on October 13, 2013 - with the most severe fires located across the Greater Blue Mountains area. 210 houses and other buildings were destroyed. Afterwards, William and Kate will take in the sights of surrounding areas.
Friday, 18 April Sydney
April 18 (Good Friday) is one of the most hectic days on the schedule beginning with the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The show is Australia's largest annual event, attracting close to 900,000 people each year. It is a celebration of Australian culture - from rural traditions to modern day lifestyles. It's very much family-oriented, with a carnival and dinosaur adventures (perhaps there's a possibility Prince George will be brought along). This promises to be a fun one, which we can expect plenty of fabulous photos from.
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It's always interesting to see the royals incorporating causes they are most passionate about during royal tours. We know the Duchess is deeply interested in the hospice movement, as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices. During the couple's last royal tour she gave a speech at Hospis Malaysia, and this time Her Royal Highness will speak about caring for severely ill children with staff and parents at Bear Cottage Children's Hospice.
William and Kate will also attend a surf lifesaving demonstration.
Saturday, 19 April Brisbane
19 April kicks off with an engagement close to Prince William's heart - a visit to RAAF Amberley. As you all know William worked as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley and both he and Kate adored their time in Anglesey. No doubt it will prove a particularly enjoyable one for the Prince.
Sunday, 20 April Sydney
The day begins with an Easter Sunday Service at St. Andrew's Cathedral. Next, the Cambridges will visit Taronga Zoo - including the bilby enclosure. This engagement is, in my opinion, the one at which we're most likely to see Prince George, for a number of reasons. Not only is a zoo an ideal choice for a baby but the bilby enclosure was dedicated to the newborn prince as a birthday gift. I honestly can't see him not joining his parents for this one unless he's under the weather on the day.
Monday, 21 April Sydney
There are no engagements scheduled for this day. I expect it will be a family day for William, Kate and George to enjoy in private.
Tuesday, 22 April Uluru
April 22 offers a day of engagements at Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, beginning with visits to the National Indigenous Training Academy and the Uluru Cultural Centre. The Duke and Duchess will take tea with the Northern Territories Chief Minister and enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru.
Wednesday, 23 April Adelaide
The Cambridges stop in Adelaide will involve a visit to Northern Sound System Studios and a reception at Playford civic centre. One will note there are quite a few receptions on the itinerary. Depending on the time they're scheduled for, they tend to be rather relaxed and informal. Below we see the Cambridges at a reception during the Canada tour in 2011.
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And an evening reception the Cambridges attended in Singapore in 2012. I expect we'll see a mixture of formal and informal events like this throughout the tour.
Thursday, 24 April Canberra
Next up, it's a busy day in Canberra, where William and Kate will visit the National Portrait Gallery. The Duchess is patron of the National Portrait Gallery in London and will no doubt be very interested to see what Canberra's has to offer.
The Cambridges will then travel to Parliament House (it was officially opened by The Queen in 1988) for a reception hosted by the Prime Minister and take part in a National Arboretum tree-planting before finishing the day at a Governor-General's reception.
Friday, 25 April Canberra
April 25 marks the final day of the Cambridges 2014 Royal Tour. Before bidding farewell to Australia, the Duke and Duchess will pay homage to ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I by attending the ANZAC Day march and commemorative service. The national day of remembrance commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The Cambridges will also take part in a lone pine planting ceremony.
William, Kate and Geroge will then make their departure and return to London.
What do you think of the itinerary? What events are you most looking forward too?
How will we be covering the tour? For our newer readers, the aim for the blog is to publish a post following each engagement as quickly as possible with details surrounding the events, photos, and news on Kate's outfit. On days when there's four engagements, we'll more than likely have four posts. We sincerely look forward to covering the tour (the timing has turned out to be most suitable) and hope you'll all stop by to share your thoughts. It's going to be a fun one :)
Of course, the big news today is the tour announcement. However did you see photos of William and Kate enjoying a rare night out last night? (The photos are unfortunately not available at photo agencies at this time, but you can view them at the Mail Online). We've seen very little of the Cambridges in recent months, so it's lovely to see them out and about enjoying themselves.
The couple were attending a birthday party for long-time friend Louise Aubrey-Fletcher, the wife of one of the Prince's oldest and closest friends Harry Aubrey-Fletcher at 'Bunga Bunga' Bar in South-west London. The venue has a pizzeria and a karaoke bar and is described as an "Englishman's Italian".
More from the Mail Online's story:
'Kate partied with close friend and godmother to Prince George, Emilia Jardine-Paterson d'Erlanger. She is pregnant and expected to ask The Duke of Cambridge to be godfather to her newborn. At the end of the evening, the couple appear to exit through the side door to a group of cars waiting on the street.'
Kate looked stylish in her Temperley London Odele Sheepskin Coat. The €2,350 piece is made of soft sheepskin, has the suede side facing out and is lined with flat haired sheepskin allowing a snug and flattering fit. The cut is feminine and sharp with a nipped in waist. Leather trim and gold meal hardware complete the look.
Underneath Kate wore a print dress; it's impossible to be certain which one, but some have suggested it looks very much like her Issa Bird Print dress. We know the Duchess hasn't worn Issa in years, so it would seem unlikely. There's an abundance of floral/bird print dresses on the high-street at the moment, and it's quite possible she picked up a similar one.
Kate completed the look with black pumps, tights and her Mulberry Cosmetic Lock Clutch.
|Mulberry/With thanks to Ashley Marie What Kate Wore FB|
Kate looked excellent, and it was a very chic, youthful look!
We'll see William and Kate for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot. We'll let you know if anything else is announced!