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Will and Kate plan Pacific Islands trip for queen's jubilee

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu as part of the royal family's global tour next year to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne.
/ Source: Reuters

Prince William and his new wife Kate will travel to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu as part of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday.

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They join the rest of the British royals in a global tour next year to visit every realm where the queen is head of state as well as trips to other major countries in the Commonwealth.

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William's brother Prince Harry will head to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

The queen herself will embark on a tour of the United Kingdom, starting in London in March before taking in every region across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the next few months.

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The main festivities to mark the queen's diamond jubilee will take place over four days next June with a flotilla on the River Thames and a concert at Buckingham Palace.

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Earlier this year, the 85-year-old, who acceded to the throne on the death of her father George VI in February 1952, became the second-longest reigning monarch in more than 1,000 years of British history.