Wills blows in to NQ

Prince’s cy­clone tour

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - By John An­der­sen

THE Queen’s grand­son Prince Wil­liam will visit parts of fl ood and cy­clone-dev­as­tated Queens­land this month.

No de­tails are avail­able con­cern­ing the visit, but a news re­lease posted on the prince’s web­site stated that Bri­tain’s sec­ond in line to the throne would ar­rive in Aus­tralia on March 19 from New Zealand.

He is ex­pected to spend two days on his North Queens­land trip.

The prince will then travel to Vic­to­ria where he will tour fl ood­dam­aged ar­eas in the state’s north-west. The prince’s New Zealand itin­er­ary in­cludes an in­spec­tion of earth­quake-dam­aged Christchurch.

He will at­tend a na­tional me­mo­rial ser­vice in Christchurch and visit Grey­mouth near the site of the re­cent Pike River Mine disas­ter.

KATE Mid­dle­ton will not join Prince Wil­liam on his of­fi­cial tour to the dis­as­ter­rav­aged zones of Aus­tralia and New Zealand this month.

In a care­fully man­aged move by Buck­ing­ham Palace, the bride-to-be will in­stead stay in Eng­land where she is plan­ning the royal wed­ding of the decade.

De­spite un­der­tak­ing their first of­fi­cial du­ties as a royal cou­ple over the past three weeks, in­clud­ing vis­its to Wales, Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land, it is be­lieved the Palace wants to pace Ms Mid­dle­ton be­fore she rep­re­sents the royal fam­ily on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

Her ev­ery move is be­ing mon­i­tored by roy­alob - servers and it would have been deemed un­wise t o throw the 29-year-old into the deep end with a whirl­wind tour of the two na­tions re­cov­er­ing from their dark­est hours.

The Prince, who will marry Ms Mid­dle­ton at West - min­is­ter Abbey on April 29 just four weeks af­ter the tour, made the de­ci­sion to visit af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­vi­ta­tions from Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard and the New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter John Key, ac­cord­ing to St James’s Palace.

Mem­bers of the royal house­hold were ‘‘ shocked and sad­dened’’ by the lives lost and ex­tent of dam­age in the re­cent string of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in the re­gion.

The Prince has asked to meet with mem­bers of the e mer­gency ser­vices and other sup­port ser­vices as well as sur­vivors and those af­fected by the floods and quake.

The Prince last came to Aus­tralia and New Zealand in Jan­uary 2010, when he paid a visit on be­half of the Queen to Auck­land, Welling­ton, Syd­ney and bush­fireaf­fected Vic­to­ria.

A St James’s Palace spokesman said: ‘‘ Prince Wil­liam thor­oughly en­joyed his visit to Aus­tralia in 2010 and has said that one day he would love to come back.’’

Aus­tralia may also have a sec­ond royal visit this year, with the Queen, who turns 85 next month, and Prince Philip who is 90 in June, tipped to visit Perth for the Com­mon­wealth Heads of Gov­ern­ment Meet­ing in Oc­to­ber.

The Prince and Ms Mid­dle­ton were ru­moured to be con­sid­er­ing an Aus­tralian hon­ey­moon or vis­it­ing Down Un­der on their first of­fi­cial tour as a mar­ried cou­ple.

But last month the Palace an­nounced the royal cou­ple would visit Canada in July on their first tour as hus­band and wife. Six weeks af­ter their hon­ey­moon the tough work be­gins with the twoweek, coast-to-coast tour.

The trip is re­port­edly be­ing re­ferred to within the Palace as the lit­mus test, where the pub­lic will judge whether Prince Wil­liam has made the right choice of wife.

Prince Wil­liam and f iancee Kate Mid­dle­ton pic­tured a few days ago in Ire­land

Royal in­vi­ta­tion See to­mor­row’s pa­per for a chance to win a trip to the Royal Wed­ding

NO SHOW: Kate Mid­dle­ton will not be ac­com­pa­ny­ing Prince Wil­liam on his visit to the flood and cy­clone-dam­aged ar­eas of Queens­land

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