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William and Kate taking grueling trip to Australia, New Zealand

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be taking a grueling trip to Australia and New Zealand in April.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released their itinerary for New Zealand and Australia. They have also confirmed that they will be bringing Prince George along. According to the statement released by Clarence House, the couple are employing a “hub and spoke” approach to their stay in Australia, allowing them to spend as much time with their son as possible.

For royal-watchers, the 18-day trip will be a treat; for the Royals, it will probably be quite grueling. Here is their itinerary:

April 7: Wellington: Kate, William and entourage will arrive at Wellington Airport and will receive a traditional Maori welcome at Government House.

April 8: After the very long flight, the family will take a day off to recover.

April 9: The couple will visit the Plunket Parents’ Group at Government House, Wellington. Prince George may be along for this visit.

April 10: William and Kate travel to Blenheim. They will lay a wreath at the war memorial, then will attend the World War One Aviation commemorative event at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. They will be the guest of Sir Peter Jackson, creator of Hobbits. In the evening, there will be a State reception at Government House in Wellington with Prime Minister John Key .

April 11: The couple travel to Auckland. They will meet air force personnel, go yachting in Auckland Harbour and take a tour in an amphibious boat .

April 12: The couple travel to Waikato and split off for different engagements. Prince William will visit Pacific Aerospace, while the Duchess will visit Rainbow Place Children’s Hospice in Hamilton. As a couple, they will visit the war memorial in Cambridge, then will open the Avantidome velodrome in Hamilton .

April 13: In Dunedin, the couple will attend church. Then they will see a touch rugby tournament at Forsyth Barr Stadium. After that it's on to Queenstown with a visit to the Amisfield winery and the Shotover Jet white water ride on Shotover River .

April 14: The couple are in Christchurch for an event to commemorate the 185 victims of 2011 earthquake. William and Kate will play cricket to promote the 2015 Cricket World Cup, after which they will visit Wigram Air Force Base.

April 15: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take another day off.

April 16: In Wellington, William and Kate will visit the Royal New Zealand Police College and do a walkabout in the city centre before departing for Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess will attend a reception at Sydney Opera House hosted by the Governor and Premier of New South Wales .

April 17: William and Kate will travel to the Blue Mountains to see areas affected by the 2013 bush fires.

April 18 is Good Friday. The Royals will attend the Royal Easter Show at Sydney Olympic Park, will visit Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice, then will see surf life-saving demonstration at Manly Beach .

April 19: The couple travel to Brisbane. They will inspect the guard at RAAF Amberley, then will attend a reception at Brisbane Convention Centre hosted by the Governor and Premier of Queensland.

April 20: The couple will attend an Easter Sunday church service in St Andrew’s Cathedral and will then visit Taronga Zoo.

April 21: Day off.

April 22: William and Kate will see the sacred site Uluru, or Ayer's Rock. They will visit the National Indigenous Training Academy and Uluru-Kata Cultural Centre and will have afternoon tea with the Chief Minister of Northern Territory. They will also walk around part of Uluru's base.

April 23: In Adelaide, the couple will visit Northern Sound System studios and see a skateboarding demonstration. They will attend a reception at Playford Civic Centre hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia.

April 24: The couple will visit Canberra, the capital, for a visit to New Zealand's National Portrait Gallery. They will attend the Prime Minister’s reception at Parliament House, plant a tree at the National Arboretum, and will attend another reception hosted by the Governor-General.

April 25: In Canberra, William and Kate will attend the ANZAC Day March and commemorative service at Australian War Memorial. They will then depart from Defence Establishment Fairbairn, before transferring to a scheduled flight to London.

Source: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's website.

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