It has been announced that later this month, Kate Middleton will pay a two-day working visit to the Danish capital Copenhagen – but Prince William will be staying at home
The Duchess of Cambridge is set to carry out an exciting overseas trip where she will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Kensington Palace revealed that Kate will be flying solo when she travels to Danish capital Copenhagen for a two-day visit on February 22 and 23 without husband Prince William.
During the trip she will pay tribute to the historic ties between Britain and Denmark and be received by the country’s Queen Margrethe II, who is also celebrating her Golden Jubilee this year.
In addition, Kate will also join Crown Princess Mary of Denmark to visit a project which works to protect vulnerable women and children from domestic violence and use the trip as a fact-finding mission for her Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood.
It is the first time that Kate will bring the centre’s work on to the international stage and on the trip and she hopes to learn from Denmark’s example as a country widely recognized as a world leader in its approach and investment in early childhood development.
Kensington Palace says: “During her visit, Her Royal Highness will spend time learning about how Denmark has created an enabling culture for early childhood development, specifically how it has promoted infant mental wellbeing alongside physical health, and how it harnesses the power of nature, relationships and playful learning in the first five years of life.
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“Her program will focus on innovative initiatives and projects which support children in their growth, particularly their social and emotional development, as well as their parents and wider communities surrounding them.”
In a personal tweet, the duchess said: “Looking forward to learning from experts, parents & practitioners about Denmark’s approach to early childhood later this month.
“Denmark is a beacon of best practice in its approach to the early years, with a culture which prioritizes the best start in life.”
She ended the message with the Danish words “Pa snarligt gensyn”, which translate as “See you soon”, and the letter “C” to denote a personal tweet.
Kate launched her Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, stating she wants to “raise awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future life outcomes”.
And she has been a driving force behind a landmark study on perceptions of early childhood.
The trip will come weeks after Prince William embarks on a solo trip as he is traveling to Dubai on Thursday for an overseas visit.
Meanwhile, the past two days have been busy for Kate with two royal engagements and the announcement she is taking on a new job.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that she is now the patron of the English Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union – two roles previously held by Prince Harry.
To mark her new jobs, she paid a visit to Twickenham yesterday, when she tackled a rugby training session.
Meanwhile yesterday, she headed out and about with Prince Charles and Camilla for a rare day out.
They visited Trinity Buoy Wharf, a center in East London run by the Prince’s Foundation, where traditional textile skills are taught.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.