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Baby Prince George will make his first public appearance in months when he joins his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on a trip to Australia and New Zealand next month.
The trip, which will last from April 7-25, will be the first time the couple has brought their infant son out in public since George's christening in October. Prince William and Duchess Kate made the decision to bring George along because they didn't want to be separated from him for nearly a month, according to Kensington Palace. He is expected to make an appearance with Will and Kate at an event on April 7 in Wellington, New Zealand, for nurses who provide assistance for new parents and babies. He may also attend an event in Australia.
Prince William has visited the two countries multiple times, but this is the first time for Kate. All three will travel on the same plane, which required a special dispensation from Queen Elizabeth II because Will and George are both future heirs to the throne. On Easter Sunday, an animal sanctuary in Sydney that houses bilbies, small desert-dwelling marsupials, will be named after Prince George.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles took 9-month-old Will to Australia and New Zealand in 1983. The family broke the protocol then, too, as Charles and Will, both heirs, flew on the same plane. William last visited that corner of the world in 2011, when he traveled to Christchurch, Australia, in the wake of an earthquake, and toured Brisbane, Australia, after the region experienced damaging floods.
The couple will begin their trip in Wellington and tour various military bases, memorials and heritage centers, including a viewing of World War I aircraft with New Zealand-born Peter Jackson, the director of "The Lord of the Rings." They also will attend several ceremonial events and memorials for victims of recent natural disasters in the two countries.
The couple will also engage their competitive sides with an informal race while boarding separate New Zealand America's Cup yachts on April 11. The pair will "compete" against one another on April 13, too, when they will coach separate sides at a rugby tournament in Dunedin on April 13. They'll pack a little adventure into the trip, taking a whitewater rapids ride that will go as fast as 50 miles per hour on the Shotover River in Queenstown.