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  • 19 December 2013, 21:06

Prince George Going Down Under With Parents

Prince George will have his passport stamped for the first time next year when he travels overseas with mum and dad on their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia in April 2014," Kensington Palace announced.

They added that it was "anticipated" Prince George "will accompany Their Royal Highnesses".

A final decision on whether he will join parents William and Kate is not expected to be made until the last minute.

By April next year Prince George will be nine months old, just as Prince William was when he accompanied Charles and Diana down under in 1983.

"Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit by the New Zealand and Australian governments and further details will be issued in due course," added Kensington Palace.

It is understood the Cambridges will first visit New Zealand before flying on to Australia.

It will be the Duchess of Cambridge's first visit to either country.

It is thought the royal couple will take a less intensive approach to the coming tour, factoring in rest days to allow them to spend time with their son.

William and Kate's entourage is likely to include a nanny to look after Prince George while they conduct public engagements in countries where the reception is expected to be warm.

Prince William last visited New Zealand in March 2011, shortly after the Christchurch earthquake, before travelling on to witness flood-damaged areas of Queensland and Victoria in Australia.

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