The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are off to Scandinavia, with an official visit to Norway and Sweden scheduled for early 2018.
The news was announced by Kensington Palace this morning, with the official @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account revealing that ‘the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Norway and Sweden at the request of the FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] in early 2018.’ Prince William is also set for a winter visit Finland on 29th and 30th November, also at the request of the FCO.
Exact dates and a full itinerary for Kate and William’s trip is yet to be confirmed by the palace, as is the question of whether the couple will be accompanied by their two young children, Prince George (four) and Princess Charlotte (two). Given that the Prince has recently started school at Thomas’s Battersea, it’s perhaps unlikely that George will be able to take time out unless the visit coincides with his school holidays.
The Duchess has recently taken a step back from public engagements due to suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness, in the early stages of her third pregnancy, having previously experienced the same condition while pregnant with George and Charlotte. Yesterday, a Kensington Palace spokeswoman confirmed that she is ‘feeling better’ but is ‘still suffering,’ after Kate made an unexpected appearance at a charity event for children at Paddington Station. While we’re not yet certain of a due date, it’s thought that the family will welcome a new addition in the spring.
The Cambridge family most recently embarked on a five day tour of Poland and Germany from 17th to 21st July. After touching down in Warsaw, the family of four travelled on to Gdansk and then flew to Berlin, eventually departing from Hamburg.