Prince William and Kate to visit South Pacific for Diamond Jubilee

Prince William and Kate to tour Malaysia, Singapore and Tuvalu for Queen's Diamond JubileePA


The Royal Family are set to tour the globe in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace has announced.

While senior royals ill visit the Queen's 15 realms - nations where the sovereign is head of state - major Commonwealth countries and other destinations with close links to the UK, it is the younger royals trips that are likely to garner the most interest.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to visit Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, a tiny South Pacific island that has not received a royal visit since 1982, when the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were carried through the capital Funafuti in canoes.

Prince Harry will tour Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas in what will be his first solo tour on behalf of the Queen.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will travel to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as part of the celebrations.

The Duke of York will visit India, the Princess Royal Mozambique and Zambia, the Duke of Gloucester the British Virgin Islands and Malta, and the Duke of Kent the Falkland Islands and Uganda.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will tour the Caribbean, visiting Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Gibraltar.

Although details of royal engagements and specific dates have yet to be released, it's likely that host countries will put on grand events for the visits that will celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign.

The Queen and Philip will stay in the UK for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and will do an extensive tour of the country, taking her to take her to north London on 29 March, Wales 26-27 April, South West 1-2 May, south London 15 May, North West 16-17 May, and national celebrations in the capital from 2-5 June .

From 13-14 June the Diamond Jubilee tour will visit the East Midlands and East Anglia, and South East 25 June, with a return visit on 25 July.

The royal couple will visit Scotland from 2-6 July during their traditional summer stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, West Midlands 11-12 July and North East 18-19 July .

The dates for Northern Ireland will be released later.

10 PHOTOS
Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations
See Gallery
Prince William and Kate to visit South Pacific for Diamond Jubilee
Where: Mustique
When: August, 2008
The holiday: Kate and William spent a week at this upmarket Caribbean paradise haven, which enjoys year-round temperatures of 80F. The island became well known for being a popular holiday hotspot for Princess Margaret, and is also a favourite with Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Elton John.
Where: Klosters, Switzerland
When: March, 2008
The holiday: Kate and William enjoyed a family getaway when they headed to this exclusive ski resort with Wills' dad Prince Charles. The couple are both a dab-hand at working the slopes, and Kate even showed her cheeky side when she poked William with her ski pole. The royal couple also enjoyed a holiday here in March 2005.
Where: St Andrews, Scotland
When: February, 2011
The holiday: OK, it was work mixed with pleasure, but Kate Middleton and Prince William returned to the university where they first met for their second royal engagement in February. Although they were officially there for work, the royal couple were also said to have enjoyed the beautiful local countryside, which prides itself in being part of the Green Tourism Scheme.
Where: Lake District, England
The holiday: Kate showed off her inherent sporty side on a family holiday in the Lake District when she was just four years old. The princess-to-be can be seen getting her hands dirty as she climbed rocks with a look of pure joy on her face. Cute.
Where: Johannesburg, South Africa
When: November, 2006
The holiday: Kate headed to Johannesburg to celebrate the 21st birthday of Richard Branson's son, Sam. The birthday group reportedly headed off on safari, and, unsurprisingly, travelled first class on Virgin Atlantic.
Where: Ibiza
When: September 2006
The holiday: Kate showed off her amazing bikini body when the royal couple enjoyed some sun, sand and sea action in Ibiza in 2006, where they were spotted soaking up the sun on a luxury yacht.
Where: Courchevel, France
When: March 2010
The holiday: Ski fanatics Kate and William enjoyed the powder at France's celebrity-favourite resort, Courchevel, in 2010. The pair, who were on holiday with friends and family, including Kate's sister Pippa, were spotted enjoying a 'loving' meal at a moutain-top restaurant.
Where: Kenya, Africa
When: November 2010
The holiday: Want to know where Prince William popped the question? The couple were on a luxurious safari holiday in Kenya, where they stayed at the stunning Cheli & Peacock's Lewa Safari Camp situated in the Lewa Conservancy. The camp has 12 sumptuous tents, which cone with ensuite bathrooms, and a swimming pool overlooking the plains. Very romantic.
Where: Birkhall, Scotland
When: December 2009
The holiday: Where do you go if you're dating a royal a fancy a weekend of hunting? Your father-in-law-to-be's fabulous country retreat in Scotland, of course. The royal couple spent New Year here in 2009, and regularly enjoy weekend visits to this beautiful hideaway.
Where: Jordan
When: 1984
The holiday: It was a pretty long holiday... well, two and a half years to be precise! Kate's family moved to Jordan when she was two, and they lived there until she was four and a half. Kate even attended nursery in Amman. Aww.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE


Sign up to our weekly newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook
Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS