Prince William To Make Solo Trip Down Under
Prince William will travel to New Zealand and Australia next week after the countries were hit by a series of natural disasters.
Representing the Queen, the second in line to the throne will first travel to Christchurch in New Zealand, devastated by the recent earthquake, which claimed more than 200 lives.
The Prince will also pay a visit to Greymouth on South Island, near to site of the Pike River Mine disaster in November 2010, which trapped 29 workers underground.
The five-day trip will take Prince William to the Australian states of Victoria and Queensland which suffered widespread flooding earlier this year.
Clarence House confirmed the tour had been under consideration over recent weeks, and that Kate Middleton will not be travelling with William.
After receiving invitations from both Australia and New Zealand, the Queen, in consultation with the Prince of Wales and Prince William, decided the 28-year-old should make the trip.
It is also understood members of the royal household have been “shocked and saddened” by the recent string of disasters in the region.
The visit will also allow Prince William to represent the Royal Family at the national service of commemoration due to be held in memory of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch quake.
Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton have all signed the book of remembrance at New Zealand House in London.
The Prince will arrive in New Zealand on March 17 and leave on March 21.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said: “This is a heart-warming gesture that will mean a lot to the thousands of people whose lives have been forever changed by these events.”sky news