British royals unveil world tour for queen's diamond jubilee

14th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's royal family will tour the globe next year to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee marking her 60 years on the throne, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday.

Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and his new wife Catherine will visit Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of the monarch, the palace said.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will travel to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as part of the celebrations, it said.

William's brother Prince Harry will meanwhile make his first solo trip overseas on behalf of the queen, touring Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

The queen and her husband Prince Philip will remain in Britain but will travel as widely as possible throughout the United Kingdom, which comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"Members of the royal family will travel overseas representing the Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm as well as undertaking visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

The queen's 15 realms are nations where she remains head of state.

© 2011 AFP

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