Kensington Palace released the official details for Will and Kate’s royal tour of Australia and New Zealand. And guess what… George is going! Of course he is. Was that really ever debated? I guess the palace was trying to play coy for months, but their efforts were a waste of time. We will see George about 6 times, getting on and off planes and at least one appearance in Oz and one in NZ.
The tour will be from April 7-25. The tour will begin in New Zealand on the 7th then they will travel to Australia on the 16th, they leave on the 25th. Free days include the 8th, 15th, and the 21st. Here is the official press release from KP; here is a detailed itinerary from Hello! You can read William’s private secretary Miguel Head’s remarks here—it is really long.
The itinerary does not include a ton of fancy receptions or state dinners. So I guess we won’t be getting a ton of royal jewelry after all. Well, we probably will, by way of broaches and other small bits, but tiaras are highly unlikely. I bet Kate’s sad. I’m kind of sad, I was hoping for some big royal jewelry.
The tour consists of a lot of low key “meet and greet” events which are designed so the Cambs can “shake hands with as many members of the public as possible”. That’s interesting. I tend to think it’s because they want to 1) assert their “low key”-ness and show how “modern” they are (which is a stupid idea, here’s an excellent Guardian article about the idea of royals being just like us), and 2) make nice with the people of Oz and NZ to ensure their loyalty and displace as much Republic support as possible. But who knows, maybe the “meet and greet” idea was Will and Kate’s and not thought up by the staff organizing the tour—ha, made myself laugh there a bit.
The tour party includes 12 people: Miguel Head, Kate’s private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, three press officers, a tour secretary, a personal assistant, a hairdresser, an orderly to manage logistics, Sir David Manning, and George’s nanny. No official dresser. As much as I groan about Kate having too many people around that she doesn’t need, in this instance, I think she does need a dresser. It’s an official royal tour, she needs to have someone taking care of the clothes so she doesn’t have to. But I guess for Kate her clothes are all that interest her. This tour is more a fashion show for her—and a chance to visit two countries she’s never been to before—more than anything else.