The Royals

Prince George may join William, Kate on trip to Australia, New Zealand

Dec. 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM ET

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talk to Queen Elizabeth II (obscured) as they arr...
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Prince William and Duchess Kate hold Prince George in St James's Palace in London on Oct. 23, the day of the then-3-month-old's christening. The royal family may take a major international trip together next April when Prince George is 9 months old.

Little Prince George may get his first passport stamp when Prince William and Duchess Kate go on an official tour down under next year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia in April 2014 and may bring Britain's future king along with them, according to a statement released by Kensington Palace on Thursday.

“It is anticipated that Prince George will accompany Their Royal Highnesses, but a decision will be made in due course,” the statement said.

The royal couple accepted an invitation from the Australian and New Zealand governments to travel to the region. Prince William, 31, last visited New Zealand in March 2011 to lend support to victims of the Christchurch earthquake, which killed 185 people and injured thousands.

Video: In the spirit of his late mother Diana, an accessible Prince William shares handshakes and smiles in Christchurch while showing solidarity with earthquake survivors, proving he may be the people’s prince. Sara James reports from Auckland, New Zealand.

Also in March 2011, Prince William toured flood-damaged areas of Queensland and Victoria, Australia.

Duchess Kate, 31, has never visited Australia or New Zealand before.

If Prince George accompanies the Duke and Duchess on the jaunt, he’ll be about 9 months old — the same age Prince William was when he joined Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their official tour of Australia and New Zealand in March and April 1983.

We’ll have to wait to see whether the royals choose to make this trip a family affair, or a getaway for mom and dad. 

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