Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George

Prince George will travel with his parents to Australia and New Zealand

Prince George is set to carry out his first public engagement, when he travels to Australia and New Zealand with his parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William next month.

Baby George will be just eight-months-old when he accompanies his parents to a – wait for it – parents and toddlers' group in Wellington on April 9, as part of their royal tour Down Under. As third in line to the throne, this public engagement will be the first of thousands the young Prince will make during his lifetime.

Meanwhile, the Queen has allowed the young family to all travel together on the longhaul flight to Australia – something that is not normally allowed, as protocol requires that direct heirs to the throne travel separately.

Kate Middleton with Prince William

It it believed that the Duchess and Prince Will have yet to both spend a night apart from their baby son, although they will soon have to when they make a short trip to visit Uluru in Australia and Queenstown in New Zealand.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said that Kate and William's  decision to take Prince George with them on their three-week tour, was theirs and 'wasn’t driven by other people’s expectations. It’s a long way to go and a long time to be away and [taking him] is a decision that they feel comfortable with. It is entirely their own decision.'

Prince George will also have a new nanny with him on the trip, and Kate will be travelling with her hairdresser to make sure those luscious brown locks stay in tip-top condition.

By Olivia Marks

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