Kate Middleton and Prince William 'planning two overseas trips' in 2016
The rumour mill may be in overdrive in a bid to pinpoint the reason for Kate Middleton's absence from the spotlight, but she's about to return in a big way.
She and husband Prince Williams are reportedly planning two official trips overseas, one of which is hotly tipped as the Caribbean.
But it's bad news for royal baby fans as Prince George and Princess Charlotte are "highly unlikely" to join their parents abroad on royal duties.
"It was a one-off to take George to Australia and New Zealand last year, and it is looking highly unlikely they will take their children with them on their next tour,” an insider told HELLO! magazine.
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Dates have yet to be confirmed for the tours in 2016, but they are believed to be looking at scheduling dates in spring and autumn.
"We are aware of the report about the Caribbean, but the location is yet to be decided," the source added. "There are other considerations, such as where the Foreign Office, who have a big say on these matters, want them to go."
Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited New Zealand and Australia with their son Prince George, who was then one and managed to steal the show at every opportunity.
The royal toddler has only been photographed at a handful of select events over the last 12 months and the same will be applied to his sister, Princess Charlotte (three months).
Since they wed in 2011, they have been on several trips abroad including two to the US and Canada, as well as Southeast Asia.
Kate is expected to return to the spotlight next week at a dinner at Balmoral, commemorating Queen Elizabeth's landmark as the longest reigning monarch in history.