Prince William, Kate Middleton Vacation in the Maldives Before Australian Tour
Happy holiday! In a month, Prince William and Kate Middleton will embark on a very public tour of Australia and New Zealand with their baby boy, Prince George -- but at the moment, they're enjoying a much more low-profile trip. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have escaped to the Maldives for a little vacation, a source tells Us Weekly.
The royal couple will spend a week in the islands, which are located in the Indian Ocean and have become something of a A-list destination spot. Katy Perry and Russell Brand honeymooned in the Maldives after their wedding in 2010, as did Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2006. (Middleton and her husband, meanwhile, honeymooned in the Seychelles after their 2011 nuptials.)
It's unclear at the moment whether Prince George is along for the getaway, but he'll definitely be with them next month, when they travel Down Under for three weeks on an official tour. The family will start their trip in New Zealand on April 7, visiting seven of the island country's major cities. From there, they'll move on to six cities in Australia.
"The Duchess has never visited either country, so this is a chance for her to meet the people of New Zealand and Australia for the first time," Miguel Head, private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge, said in a press conference on March 2. "The Duke last visited New Zealand in March 2011, shortly after the devastating earthquake in Christchurch. During the same visit, he also went to Victoria and Queensland in Australia, which had been very badly affected by natural disasters."
He continued: "So, for the couple, this visit represents a wonderful opportunity on the one hand for The Duke to deepen his personal relationship with, and admiration for, New Zealand and Australia; and on the other, for the Duchess to experience some of the extraordinary warmth and hospitality for which the people of both countries are renowned the world over."