It’s just what one needs before jetting off to the other side of the world for a royal tour: a luxury five-star holiday.
According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed to the Maldives for a getaway in the sunshine before their busy tour of the Southern hemisphere next month. It is not yet known whether the couple has taken Prince George, who was seen being pushed around Hyde Park on Tuesday by his new nanny.
According to local reports William and Kate arrived on a British Airways flight at around 9:40 A.M. on Thursday. They are understood to be holidaying at a private resort in the northern part of the luxury island. Kate, still tanned from her holiday with Prince George to Mustique last month (to celebrate her mother Carole’s 59th birthday) is no doubt keen to get the seven-month-old prince used to flying. The little royal will certainly be a globetrotter, having already clocked up several thousand air miles before his first birthday.
William and Kate have a tight schedule when they tour New Zealand and Australia next month, and there won’t be time for much rest and relaxation. The timing of their holiday, however, has raised some eyebrows; William has not yet finished his 10-week-long course in agricultural management at Cambridge University, while George is being settled into a routine by his new nanny. The last time the couple took a break ahead of a work trip was when they stayed at Lord Linley’s chateau in the south of France ahead of their tour of Southeast Asia and the Pacific in 2012. The Duchess was snapped sunbathing topless, so she will no doubt be extra vigilant when it comes to sunning herself on this vacation.
A royal holiday!
Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean today, where they embarked upon a weeklong vacation, according to local reports.
The couple reportedly touched down early Thursday via a British Airways flight and are said to be spending their time at a resort in Noonu atoll.
It’s unclear if the duo’s son Prince George, who turns one in July, accompanied the twosome on their trip. The 7-month-old is expected to travel to New Zealand and Australia with his mom and dad in April, which will mark his first official public appearance since his christening in October.
The Duchess of Cambridge recently took the pair’s bundle of joy on his first royal vacation, enjoying a week of RR on the Caribbean island of Mustique, where they joined the Middletons for their annual family getaway in honor of Kate’s mother Carole Middleton‘s birthday.
People also reports that the pair’s trip means a study break for the Duke, who enrolled in the University of Cambridge to complete a 10-week course in agricultural management organized by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership in January 2014.
So what’s next for the duo after their much-needed holiday?
The royal couple will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 at Mons Barracks in Aldershot.
According to a royal press release sent out on Wednesday, the Duke of Cambridge will attend the parade as Colonel of the Regiment while the Duchess of Cambridge will present the traditional sprigs of shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the Regiment.
And then it’s off to Wellington next month, where Prince George will attend an event for new parents and their babies with his mum and dad.
The trip also marks Kate’s first visit to Australia and New Zealand, which she’ll be flying to with her husband thanks to Queen Elizabeth II, who had to give a special dispensation for the royal couple to travel together.
The duke and duchess decided to bring their little one along on the trip since they didn’t want to be away from him for three weeks.
06 MARCH 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are enjoying a break in the sunny Maldives, local reports claim.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to have flown to the island nation in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, landing in capital Male at approximately 9.40am on a British Airways flight. William, 31, and Kate, 32, reportedly exited the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport VIP Lounge accompanied by Scotland Yard detectives when onlookers realised they were visiting.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with son Prince George
It is believed the royal couple are spending time at a new resort island in the north, the five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel on Noonu Atoll. It boasts 45 villas which have all be closed for the week while their special guests are visiting.
William and Kate – who married in April 2011 – have made no secret of their interest for a Maldives vacation and considered the location for their honeymoon, which ultimately was taken in the Seychelles. Both are due to tour Australia and New Zealand from Monday April 7 to Friday April 25 where it has been confirmed Prince George will be attending, and specific appearances by the toddler will be decided near the time.
The royals are to go on an Australia and New Zealand tour next month
Prince William is to complete his 10-week intensive agricultural course at Cambridge University at the end of March, however his getaway comes during a week where no lectures are scheduled. The heir to the throne at the Duchy of Cornwall estate, currently held by his Duke of Wales father Prince Charles, also took time out in February when he went shooting in Spain with younger brother Prince Harry.
In January Kate decided to attend her mother Caroline Middleton’s 59th birthday holiday in Mustique, bringing George along on family travels.
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Reports are filtering back from the Indian ocean that William and Kate are on vacation with baby George.
Kate went to Mustique at the end of January for a ten day vacay with her family, when baby George was photographed as she changed planes.
William went on a controversial shooting holiday in Spain recently.
The young royals arrived in the Maldives at 9:45am this morning on a British Airways flight, the Royalist understands.
Local paper HaveeryOnline reports that the royal couple are known to be spending their vacation at a resort in Noonu atoll.
Next month they are off to Australia on a royal tour.
It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton (and when he’s in the mood, Prince George) have a jam-packed itinerary prepared for their trip next month to New Zealand and Australia—but apparently it could have been even more packed.
The office of King Tuheitia, leader of New Zealand’s roughly 600,000-strong Maori population, has confirmed that he has refused a meeting with the British royal couple when they come to town.
But according to his office, what looks like a a snub is actually a show of respect, to both Will and Kate and Tuheitia’s own people, and that he communicated his reasons to them personally a couple of weeks ago.
In a statement released yesterday, the office said that Tuheitia is pleased that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting the Waikato region, but confirmed that they will not be coming to his headquarters at Turangawaewae Marae because, basically, he just doesn’t have the time to offer than a proper Maori welcome, which traditionally could take hours.
“King Tuheitia agonized over his final decision but felt that other planned visits in Waikato were just as important and he didn’t want those visits disadvantaged or affected by his acceptance of the Royal couple at Turangawaewae Marae,” officials said. “Our full reasons for declining the visit were conveyed to the Royal couple in a personal letter from King Tuheitia that was couriered to the Palace several weeks ago. The policy around correspondence of this nature is that they are sealed and are not to be opened for a finite period.
“We are not sure how the Office of the Prime Minister treats correspondence of this type.”
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Officials continued to say that a tribal chieftain, or rangatira, pointed out that the king and his monarchy “are not some carnival act to be rolled out at the beck and call of anyone, and nor should we be prepared to compromise our tikanga [cultural protocol] to fit into a pre-determined schedule. It would have put the King in an impossible situation and opened him up to criticism that he was denigrating the mana of the Kiingitanga and the mana of the rangatira attending.
“In respect to the status of the Royal Couple, and that of the Rangatira who would gather to pay homage to the couple at Turangawaewae, 60 to 90 minutes was not considered to be’adequate to…the Royal couple appropriately. The King wanted to give his best to this couple to reflect their status, he was being prevented from doing that.”
Well, obviously the palace knew all about this before the public-at-large did.
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William and Kate’s detailed official itinerary, released this past weekend, shows several engagements in Waikato and Maori plan to greet them upon arrival in both Dunedin on April 13 and in Christchurch the following day, but there’s no mention of a meeting with King Tuheitia.
Their big trip abroad with 8-month-old Prince George will mark their son’s first public appearance since his christening and it will be Kate’s first time in Australia and New Zealand. Kensington Palace noted that William is hoping that his wife loves the area as much as he does.
Expect the fanfare, even without a Maori welcome ceremony, to be plentiful.