The British royal couple will have a very busy start to 2018.
Kate Middleton Prince William Royal Travel Norway Sweden
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Shortly before announcing the official due date of their third child, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will depart on an official trip in early 2018.

Within the coming months, Will and Kate will visit Sweden and Norway on behalf of the British Foreign Office. Official dates for the trip have not yet been set.

It’s also unknown whether Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join the tour. As George recently started school, he is unlikely to join unless the dates of his trip align with the school’s vacation calendar.

The British foreign office likely requested the trip as part of Will and Kate’s unofficial duties as Brexit ambassadors, meant to strengthen ties with European countries as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. British ambassadors in Oslo and Stockholm wrote on Twitter that the upcoming trip was “exciting” and that they were looking forward to “showing off the breadth and depth” of the countries’ relationships.

Prince William will be spending considerable time in Scandinavia over the next few months. At the end of November, Will will visit Finland for two days on behalf of the foreign office.

Kate will not join the upcoming trip, due to severe morning sickness (which she also suffered during her previous pregnancies). The condition she has generally improves as women progress through pregnancy.