The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be undertaking 48 events in just under three weeks. Their events include casual, sports-related ventues, hospice visits, military commemorations and cocktail receptions. You can read more on our calendar. More information on tour dates, events, and engagements will be announced in due course.
Monday, April 7 – Wellington
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George will arrive at Wellington Airport in New Zealand to begin their tour. This will be the first of a handful of photo opportunities of Prince George. They traveled on a Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft for the 25 hour flight.
Government House, Wellington
That evening, the royal couple will attend a reception and ceremonial welcome at the Government House. They will also partake in Maori Powhiri and inspection of the Guard of Honour.
Wednesday, April 9 – Wellington
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend an event for Plunket – a New Zealand charity focused on supporting new mothers and fathers and their infants. They will meet with nurses, parents, and their children at Government House. Prince George may come along to waddle with other babies.
Thursday, April 10 – Blenheim
War Memorial in Seymour Square
In the morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a wreath laying ceremony and commemoration for the War Memorial in Seymour Square. This event joins a series of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of World War I.
Later, the royal couple will view an interior exhibition of World War I aircraft and a static WWI display at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center. Depending on weather, they may even see some of the aircraft take flight.
Friday, April 11 – Auckland
First, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Royal New Zealand Air Force base at Whenuapai, the largest air force base in New Zealand. At the informal occasion, the Duke and Duchess will meet with base personnel and their families.
Next, William and Catherine will travel to the Auckland city center for a yachting event to celebrate New Zealand’s achievement in the Americas Cup. The Duke and Duchess will board two different Emirates Team New Zealand boats and, naturally, race each other.
Sealegs Amphibious Boat
After Kate obviously wins all the races, they will return to dry land and learn about Sealegs crafts. These crafts can travel seamlessly between dry land and sea. They will travel through the Westpark Marina on these ingenious machines.
Saturday, April 12 – Waikato
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Waikato on the North Island. The Cambridges will split – the Duke will visit the Pacific Aerospace center at Hamilton Airport. The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Rainbow Palace children’s hospice The Duchess will meet children, their families, staff and nurses and attend an art therapy session.
William and Kate will meet up later to travel to the town of Cambridge (duh!). They will visit the town’s War Memorial and pay their respects. Afterwards, they will walk through the picturesque town center.
In the evening, the Duke and Duchess will visit the brand new Avantidrome, which they will formally open. The velodrome is a home base for numerous Olympic cyclists and competitive bikers. The Royal Couple will view a few races and BMX displays. They will also meet with Olympic athletes.
Sunday, April 13 – Dunedin, Queenstown
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive at the Dunedin airport. They will be greeted by the Ngai Tahu, the principal Maori tribe of the South Island.
The Royal Couple will attend a Palm Sunday church service at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Palm Sunday is an important day in the Christian calendar, and many royal watchers are glad to see the Duke and Duchess attending so many religious events on this tour.
After church, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will fly to Queenstown to New Zealand’s famed rugby stadium. They will enjoy a festival of “Rippa Rugby” – a form of non-contact rugby for youngsters, where tags are ripped from belts, similar to flag football in the US. The Duke and Duchess will each coach a different team, letting their competitive sides shine.
In the afternoon, Catherine and William will visit the Amisfield vineyard. They will enjoy a wine tasting and sample some delectable foods.
To continue the very busy day, the Royal Couple will head over to Shotover River to experience the Shotover Jet. William and Kate will be sent on a 50-mile-an-hour white water ride through the canyons of the Shotover River.
Monday, April 14 – Christchurch
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will start the day with a formal welcome by the Ngai Tahu before they tour the central business district.
They will stop to remember the 185 people who died in the 2011 earthquake at a memorial location.
New Zealand’s Cricket Team
In the afternoon, the couple will attend an event to celebrate the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Christchurch. They will enjoy an event and maybe even participate in some cricket exercises.
For lunch, the Duke and Duchess will visit the Wigram Air Force base. The chamber of commerce will host the luncheon, where the Duke will give a short speech.
From there, William and Kate will view the Memorial Wall, dedicated to fallen New Zealand servicemen.
Wednesday, April 16 – Wellington/Sydney
Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Royal New Zealand Police College. The Duke and Duchess will acknowledge the sacrifice of those 29 officers in the New Zealand Police who have been killed during the course of their duties. This memorial will be accompanied by a Mihi and Karakia, a traditional Maori greeting and prayer, with music from the police Kapa Haka group. The couple will view police recruit training and a dog handling demonstration.
William and Kate will travel back to Wellington’s city center, to sign the city’s visitor group and meet members of the public. Then, they will depart for Sydney.
Sydney Opera House
Upon arrival in Sydney, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel straight to the Sydney Opera House for a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of New South Wales. At the reception, William will give a short speech. Afterwards, they will travel by boat to Admiralty House, where they will stay for the first half of their visit.
Thursday, April 17 – Blue Mountains
The Duke and Duchess will visit the Blue Mountains region near Sydney, where they will meet families affected by the recent bushfires. Afterwards, they will attend an event with residents and community groups.
Friday, April 18 – Sydney
Royal Easter Show
In the morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Royal Easter Show, one of Australia’s largest events. They will view various agricultural events and cultural displays.
Later, Catherine and William will visit Bear Cottage children’s hospice. It is the only children’s hospice in New South Wales, and their skills and programs are pioneering Australia’s children’s healthcare.
From there, the royal couple will travel to Manly Beach. They will watch a display of life-saving skills and meet with live-saving volunteers. We are hoping for some picturesque Australian lifeguards, ifyaknowwhatimean.
Saturday, April 19 – Queensland/Brisbane
First, William and Kate will visit the Amberley Royal Australian Air Force Base. There will be an inspection of the guard, viewing of RAAF aircraft, and meeting with crew and servicemen. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view the Memorial Garden, where they will plant a tree. Finally, they will attend a reception with servicemen and their families.
Later, the royal couple will travel to the Brisbane city center to attend a reception. The reception will be hosted by the Governor and Premier of Queensland. This should provide an opportunity for William and Kate to greet members of the public.
Sunday, April 20 – Sydney
St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney
Their Royal Highnesses will begin the day at the morning service at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney. Here, the couple will sign the ‘First Fleet Bible’ – the Bible used in the first Christian service held in Australia in 1788. It has since been signed by several members of the Royal Family, including Her Majesty The Queen.
In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Taronga Zoo. This is another event where we may see Prince George. On the celebration of the birth of Prince George, the government of Australia made a donation for the bilby preservation at the zoo. The Royals will view the Bilby Enclosure, which will be named after Prince George. They will tour the zoo, viewing the kangaroos and other Australian indigenous animals. It should be the perfect family outing!
Tuesday, April 22 – Uluru
The Duke and Duchess will depart for Uluru for an overnight trip without Prince George. The first stop will be to the National Indigenous Training Academy. The academy specializes in tourism and hospitality training to support the area’s popular tourist destination.
Following the tour of the academy, the royal couple will visit the Uluru Cultural Center to attend a welcome ceremony. They will be greeted by local indigenous communities, view art displays, and – naturally – attend afternoon tea.
After tea, William and Catherine will tour Ayer’s Rock with a local guide. This private excursion is sure to be a special moment, as the area is truly spectacular.
Wednesday, April 23 – Adelaide
The first stop for the couple is the small suburb of Elizabeth. The Northern Sound System, which is a music studio and workshop for young people, where youngsters can rehearse, record and perform their own music. The Duke and Duchess will watch a skate-boarding display in the skate park just outside the studios. Right on, dude.
Playford Civic Centre
Afterwards, they will take a short drive and then a stroll to the Playford Civic Center for a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia. Afterwards, the couple will travel to Canberra.
Thursday, April 24 – Canberra
The day begins at Australia’s National Portrait Gallery, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view the exhibitions and even meet some of the portraits’ subjects.
From the gallery, William and Kate will travel to Parliament House. Prime Minister Abbott will host a reception in the Great Hall, where William will deliver a speech.
In the afternoon, the royal couple will travel to the National Arboretum. The spectacular location is perched high above a hill. The Duke and Duchess will plant a tree before meeting groups of local children and their parents.
Afterwards, the Governor-General will host a reception in honor of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Government House in Canberra.
Friday, April 25 – Canberra
April 25 in ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Day, a day of remembrance and honor for fallen servicemen and women throughout the region. The day begins with a March and Commemorative Service at the Australian War Memorial. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will plant a tree in the Memorial Garden. The seed of the tree was taken from the site of the Gallipoli battle of 1915.
After the memorial and services, the royal couple will bid farewell to their hosts and depart for their aircraft. They will then travel home to London after what will be a wonderfully successful tour.
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