Prince William And Kate To Visit Bushfire-Ravaged Towns In Tour Of Australia
Prince William and Kate are heading Down Under on a bushfire recovery tour where they'll visit fire-ravaged towns across the country.
The federal government and Kensington Palace have been in discussions for weeks about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelling through bushfire affected areas, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The special visit will encourage more international financial support for volunteer firefighters, Nine's papers first reported.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to issue the formal invitation for the tour this week but no official dates or locations have been settled.
The royal couple expressed distress over the thousands of homes lost to the bushfires, as well as the death toll.
"We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the fires that are destroying homes, livelihoods and wildlife across much of Australia," the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote on Instagram in January.
The trip will be William's fifth Australian visit and the couple's first since 2014.
They're expected to visit New South Wales and Victoria and may also visit other states including South Australia.
It's not the first time Prince William has visited Australia in the wake of disaster, with the royal touching down in 2011 to visit flood-damaged areas of Victoria and Queensland.
More recently, he lamented about the severe impacts of climate change while launching 'the most prestigious environmental prize in history' on New Year's Eve.
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The royal duo is believed to have made their first public appearance together since announcing they were “stepping back” from royal life, with the Prince speaking about his mental health and wanting a better life for his son.
"Either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve," he said.
"People can achieve great things. And the next 10 years presents us with one of our greatest tests - a decade of change to repair the Earth."
It is not yet known whether their three infant children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - will accompany them on the trip.
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