KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William will be separating for a few days in December as the Duke of Cambridge embarks on a trip abroad alone. So why is Kate not joining her husband on the trip?
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William were all smiles as they embarked on their recent successful trip to Pakistan, where they connected with locals, officials and adorable dogs alike. The couple has been a favourite for many everywhere since their marriage in April 2011 and royal fans are always eager to catch a glimpse of the happy Cambridge family. So why is Kate not joining Prince William as he undertakes another royal trip abroad in December?
Prince William will undertake a solo visit to Kuwait and Oman in December.
The trip is being made at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will take place from December 1 to 4.
Kensington Palace announced the trip on Tuesday, adding that further details would be revealed in due course.
So why exactly is Kate not joining her husband on the four-day tour?
The trip to Kuwait and Oman is far from the only solo trip the Duke has undertaken in recent years.
He will continue to take on more duties to ready himself to take on the role of King once his grandmother the Queen and his father Prince Charles have concluded their reigns.
Prince William was the first member of the Royal Family to visit Israel and Palestine in June 2018.
He also visited three African countries in September last year in connection with his role as president for the United for Wildlife organisation and patron of Tusk Trust.
Prince William also travelled to New Zealand in April this year in order to pay his respects to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The Duke of Cambridge recently appeared in the ITV documentary Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall.
During the documentary, William attended meetings in preparation to take over the estate from his father when the time comes for Prince Charles to ascend to the throne.
The Duchy of Cornwall is one of two royal duchies in England, and is inherited by the eldest son of the reigning British monarch.
The private estate, established by Edward III in 1337 dictates that each future Duke of Cornwall would be ruled by the eldest surviving son of the monarch.
The revenue of the estate would thus be used to fund the private, public and charitable activities of the Duke and his children.
In the ITV documentary, Prince Charles became emotional when he spoke about the moment his son began showing an interest in taking on the role of Duke of Cornwall.
Charles said: “I couldn’t believe it, I was deeply touched and moved by what he said.
“It reduced me to tears because I suddenly thought well hearing that from him has made the last 50-years’ worthwhile.”
William said: “I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I will do.”
During the documentary, Prince William revealed his own son Prince George is also excited about some of the tasks involved with the Duchy of Cornwall role.
While visiting a farm, William said of Prince George: “He would be absolutely loving this. He’s obsessed.
“My children are already playing on the tractors and it’s so important to get outside, and have the children understand nature.”
And it seems that parenting is the reason for Kate staying in the UK while William travels abroad.
The Duchess of Cambridge will be spending the beginning of December at home with her three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
William will return home well ahead of the Christmas holidays which he is due to spend with his wife and children.
In the typical family tradition, the Cambridge family are expected to travel to the Queen’s estate at Sandringham for the holiday.
It is also anticipated that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend Christmas at Sandringham.