Royal couple to bypass Sth Canty

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
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FAMILY: Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, with their son George.
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The Queen visited Timaru in 1954, but history won't repeat itself during the latest royal visit, as the duke and duchess of Cambridge are set to bypass South Canterbury in April.

However, South Island monarchists will still get a chance to see the royal couple when they tour New Zealand from April 7 to 16.

Monarchy New Zealand announced yesterday that Prince William and Catherine will stop in Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown.

Prince George will be making the trip to New Zealand with his parents but will remain at Government House in Wellington.

On April 13, the couple will leave Prince George in Wellington while they travel to Dunedin, Queenstown and Christchurch.

In Dunedin they will be met by Ngai Tahu before attending a Palm Sunday church service and then attend a rugby fun day. In Queenstown they will visit the Amisfield vineyard and take a ride on the Shotover Jet.

On April 14 the couple will visit Christchurch where they will visit the central business district and attend a ceremony to remember those who died in the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

Monarchy New Zealand chairman Sean Palmer said this tour would enhance the close relationship Prince William and the royal family already have with New Zealand.

This will be Prince William's fourth trip to New Zealand, his most recent being in March 2011 to attend the Christchurch Earthquake Memorial Service and to visit the families of the Pike River miners.

It will be Catherine's first New Zealand visit and Prince George's first overseas trip.

The visit will follow on from the morale-boosting trips of Prince Charles in 2012. It also follows Prince William's recent letter to the people of Canterbury on the third anniversary of the February 22 earthquake.

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- The Timaru Herald

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