Sunday 30 April 2017

Kate Middleton and Prince William set for Paris visit near 20 year anniversary of Princess Diana's death

Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend a big Assembly at a primary school in London to mark Children's Mental Health Week
Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend a big Assembly at a primary school in London to mark Children's Mental Health Week
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool
The Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with BAFTA representatives as they arrive to attend the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge take part in a relay race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, as she joined runners taking part in the London Marathon for the mental health campaign Heads Together.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north London, as they attend the Place2Be Big Assembly with Heads Together for Children's Mental Health Week.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Place2Be Big Assembly With Heads Together for Children's Mental Health Week at Mitchell Brook Primary School on February 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Guild of Health Writers Conference with Heads Together at Chandos House on February 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the piano in Kensington Palace
The Princess of Wales takes her sons William and Harry out on the boat 'Maid of the Mist' at Niagara Falls, October 1991. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales with her sons William and Harry on the chair lift during a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria, April 1991. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Diana, Princess of Wales, inside a lift at the Ritz hotel in Paris, shortly before she died
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

"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.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend a Guild of Health Writers conference in London on February 7, 2017, this year focusing on mental health, and supported by the Heads Together campaign.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend a Guild of Health Writers conference in London on February 7, 2017, this year focusing on mental health, and supported by the Heads Together campaign.

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).

The Princess of Wales takes her sons William and Harry out on the boat 'Maid of the Mist' at Niagara Falls, October 1991. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales takes her sons William and Harry out on the boat 'Maid of the Mist' at Niagara Falls, October 1991. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

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