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23 July 2024

Prince George on first Royal Tour

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (GETTY)


Prince William and his wife Catherine will definitely take their baby son Prince George with them on their tour of Australia and New Zealand next month, Kensington Palace confirmed Sunday.

The little prince will make his first royal tour when he travels with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge around New Zealand from April 7 to 16, and then Australia from April 16 to 25.

Prince William, Kate Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, for the christening of the three month-old Prince George, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.  (AP)

George - who is directly in line to become king of Australia and of New Zealand after his father William and grandfather Prince Charles - was born on July 22 last year. He has rarely been seen in public since.

William, 31, and Kate, 32, hope to take him along to a few specific engagements throughout the tour, their Kensington Palace official residence in London said as they gave out details of the trip.

In New Zealand, the royal couple will start their visit in Wellington, before travelling to Blenheim, Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Dunedin, Queenstown and Christchurch.

In Australia, their tour begins in Sydney and will then take in the Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Adelaide and Canberra.

It had previously been announced only that they hoped to take baby George with them.