Kate Middleton and Prince William set for Paris visit near 20 year anniversary of Princess Diana's death
Prince William and Kate Middleton are set for a historic visit to Paris nearly 20 years after his mother tragically died there.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the City of Light on an official royal tour from March 17 to 18 and the trip is particularly poignant for the royal as it takes place five months before the 20-year anniversary of his mother's death.
It is the first time he's visited the city since Diana died there on August 31, 1997.
During their two-day stay, the couple will attend eight engagements as they begin to take a more hands-on role within their royal duties.
"Their Royal Highness' visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office," a statement issued by Kensington Palace confirmed.
"Full details of the visit will be announced in due course, but the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France."
Their trip to France comes weeks after Kate made her first solo trip to the Netherlands in October and is believed to be part of Britain's post-Brexit charm offensive.
They are believed to be staying at the new British ambassador to France Edward Llewellyn's home.
It's believed the royal couple, who dazzled as they made their debut at Sunday night's BAFTAs, will not bring their children Prince George (three) and Princess Charlotte (one).