The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take their first child with them on their next overseas tour.
Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby in July, are expected to travel abroad in 2014, with Australia and New Zealand being top priority and it has been suggested they will take their new born with them.
“Kate and William will step up to the plate, with 2014 seeing them throwing themselves into international duties, particularly in the Commonwealth countries.” royal correspondent Robert Jobson told Now Magazine.
Prince William, as a baby travelled to Australia with his parents Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, and like William’s mother Kate will juggle royal duties with parenthood.
“Just as Diana had to cope with a baby and an increase in duties, so will Kate.” Robert added.
Since their lavish wedding in April 2011, the royal couple have undertaken two overseas tours, just three months after the ceremony the newlyweds arrived in Canada for a week-long stay and last September the Duke and Duchess visited South-East Asia to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The couple have also made a brief visit to Denmark, which saw them team up with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, to visit an aid distribution facility for Unicef.
Earlier this year, private secretary to William and Kate, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton confirmed the pair would be unlikely to make any international visits in 2013: “I’m not anticipating the Duke and Duchess taking on overseas tours because of her baby.”
After the birth, it is expected Kate will take maternity leave for several months as she settles into motherhood. It is likely the duchess’s last engagement before the baby will be the Queen’s birthday celebrations ‘Trooping the Colour’, which takes place in mid-June.
Last month, the Queen announced she would not be attending this year’s Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in Sri Lanka for the first time in 40 years, with Prince Charles taking her place.
After last year’s busy Diamond Jubilee, it has been widely expected the Queen and Prince Philip, who carry out hundreds of engagements each year, will scale back their duties, with the younger generation increasing their work load to support the 86-year-old monarch.
In recent weeks, Kate has been busy making preparations for the birth, and was most recently spotted leaving a London boutique with a moses basket. She will later today join the Queen at a summer garden party at Buckingham Palace.
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