Prince William and Catherine to visit bushfire-ravaged Australian towns

Feb 11, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last visited Australia in 2014. Source: Getty.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to return to Australia in 2020.

It is being widely reported that Prince William and Catherine will carry out an official tour of the country in the wake of the recent bushfire crisis, visiting coastal towns and communities that have been hit hardest by the devastating blazes.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, preliminary negotiations between Kensington Palace and the Coalition have been going on for weeks, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison expected to issue a formal invitation to the much-loved duo in the coming days.

It is not known whether the couple’s young children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis, will join their parents on the official trip.

Last month the royal couple paid tribute to the “incredible strength and resilience” of Australia, as they shared a poignant message on social media to mark Australia Day.

“Wishing all of our Australian followers a happy Australia Day!” a message shared on the official Kensington Royal Instagram page read. “This year we pay tribute to the incredible strength and resilience of all the Australian people and communities who have been impacted by the devastating bushfires.”

Alongside the message, the royals shared a sweet photograph of Catherine and William during their last visit to Australia as they got up close with a koala at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

The duke and duchess’ last visit Down Under was in 2014 when they spent 10 days in Australia with their then-baby son Prince George. While Prince William has previously visited the country on four occasions, including a trip to Queensland in 2011 following devastating floods across the state.

The most recent royal visit to Australia was made by Prince Harry and Meghan, who toured the country in October 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who have since quit their roles as senior members of the royal family – visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga on their first ever overseas tour after becoming husband and wife in May 2018.

The key focus of their trip was the Invictus Games, which was held in Sydney over the course of a week, however they also visited regional towns such as Dubbo, and also attended a ceremony at the Anzac Memorial in Sydney which marked the 100th anniversary of World War One.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_QEK5nLor/The Duke and Duchess are heading Down Under, but it’s not yet known whether their three young children will join them.

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