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Albanese confirms talks are underway to lure Prince William and Kate to Australia

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed talks are underway to lure Prince William and Princess Kate to Australia for an official tour next year.

Mr Albanese told British media that a royal visit was planned for the Prince and Princess of Wales – and that he hoped it would fall during the school holidays so the couple could bring their children George, Charlotte and Louis.

Discussions about when the new king will make his first official visit to Australia as head of state have not begun.

Camera iconA royal visit by the Prince and Princess of Wales is planned. credit: CPL John Solomon

Mr Albanese told Britain’s ITV: “There has been some preliminary discussion that the Prince and Princess of Wales are now visiting Australia.

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“And of course the royal family has always been a welcome guest here in Australia and will be again.”

Prince William and Kate during the last royal tour of Australia in 2014.
Camera iconPrince William and Kate during the last royal tour of Australia in 2014. credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

William and Kate last visited Australia in 2014.

They took along nine-month-old Prince George, whose popularity was such that he was nicknamed the “Republican Assassin”.

Asked if the status made him “nervous” to extend an invitation to the couple’s children, Mr Albanese – a prominent Republican – said the young royals were more than welcome.

“I think I hope that when they come, they bring their children with them,” he added.

Prince William and Kate with Prince George said goodbye to Australia after their tour in 2014.
Camera iconPrince William and Kate with Prince George said goodbye to Australia after their tour in 2014. credit: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

The revelation came as William and Kate made a surprise visit to the Australians, based near London, as they prepare to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.

William wore a navy blue suit adorned with his military medals, while his wife wore a black coat and hat.

The couple revealed how “amazing” it was planning the Queen’s funeral just three months after her platinum jubilee as they met soldiers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

William said his late grandmother will be looking down at her funeral and “hopes it goes well”.

https://thewest.com.au/news/royal-family/albanese-confirms-talks-underway-to-entice-prince-william-and-kate-to-australia–c-8269321

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