Kate Middleton’s Overseas Tour to Malta
Her two-day tour will mark Malta’s Independence
KENSINGTON Palace has announced a busy programme of 10 engagements in two days for the Duchess of Cambridge in Malta next month on her first official solo overseas visit.
Kate, 32, will be away from her husband Prince William and their 13-month-old son Prince George for one night when she travels to the Mediterranean island on September 20 and 21 to mark the 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain.
Her programme will include plenty of pomp and pageantry as the strategic island, given the George Cross by King George VI to mark the bravery of its people during the Second World War, turns out to greet her.
The centrepiece of her trip will be an independence celebration overlooking the Grand Harbour in the capital Valletta on September 20.
Her visit will also celebrate the historic links between Britain and Malta, including viewing documents at the National Library such as letters from King Henry VIII and George II, and the original citation awarding the George Cross to the island. The Queen and Prince Philip lived in Malta as a Royal Navy couple after their marriage and have fond memories of the island.
On September 21 Kate will go on a walkabout in the town square in Vittoriosa and take a boat tour across the Grand Harbour.
She will not be accompanied by William, 32, who is expected to begin training for his new role as an air ambulance pilot.
- Call on President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace.
The Duchess will reside there for the two day visit.
- Call on the Prime Minister of Malta at Auberge de Castille.
- In Guardia Pageant, Palace Square, Valletta.
The Duchess will view a re-enactment of an historical event – the inspection of the fort and garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St John. A variety of military drills will be displayed.
- National Library, Valletta.
The Duchess will view a number of historical documents, including letters from kings Henry VIII and George II, and the original citation awarding the George Cross to Malta.
- Independence Day Celebrations, Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Duchess will attend an evening celebration. The backdrop to the celebration will be the spectacular view of the Grand Harbour.
- Independence Day Service, St John’s Co-Cathedral
The Duchess will attend a church service. She will later view the two Caravaggios in the Cathedral Museum.
- Access Centre in Vittoriosa
The Duchess will visit Agenzija Zghazagh (Agency for Youth), a government agency which runs a number of initiatives for young people. HRH will hear about the work of the agency from the young people who use the centre and their support workers.
- Walkabout in Vittoriosa Square
The Duchess will take a short walk through the town square. She will then be taken to the Church of St Lawrence to view Maltese art before leaving for the harbour.
- Boat Tour, Grand Harbour
The Duchess will take a short boat tour across the Grand Harbour to see some iconic views between Vittoriosa and Valletta.
- The High Commissioner’s Garden Party, High Commissioner’s Residence
The Duchess will attend an Independence Day celebration hosted by the British High Commissioner.