Kate Middleton breaks royal tradition: How Kate will snub royal rules for her children

Kate Middleton breaks royal tradition: How Kate will snub royal rules for her children


 Kate Middleton, 37, became a member of the Royal Family in April 2011, when she married second in line to the throne, Prince William In the future she will likely be queen consort and her eldest child, Prince George, will become King after Prince William The couple has two more children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who are fourth and fifth in line to the throne, respectively The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have previously broken royal tradition for the sake of their children – but how are they planning to do it again later this year? Queen Elizabeth II, her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren, are required to follow a strict set of royal traditions and codes of conduct regarding their behaviour, etiquette and dress  The Queen and Prince Philip regularly travelled to parts of the Commonwealth on official tours, state visit and other ceremonial tasks as part of their duties  This meant the Queen and Philip were often forced to leave their children for long periods of time  In fact, between November 1953 and May 1954, the Queen and Prince Philip officially launched her reign with a tour where they travelled more than 40,000 miles by land, air and sea  During the six-month-long tour, the Queen visited 13 countries in the West Indies, Australasia, Asia and Africa  It is believed the Queen thought the exhausting schedule was too much for her two young children – and therefore decided to leave them in the care of her mother and nannies  This had been what Queen Elizabeth II’s parents had also done to her, embarking on a six-month-long trip to Australia and New Zealand when she was just nine months old  The couple met back up with their two children, Prince Charles, aged four and Princess Anne, aged two, as they returned home as they sailed via Gibraltar to London on the Royal Yacht Britannia    However, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be breaking this royal tradition, as his parents did before him  Princess Diana broke royal tradition by insisting that Prince William join them on a royal visit of Australia and New Zealand when he was aged just nine months old   But, unlike Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton have instead reportedly decided to limit the time they will travel away from their child  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to visit Pakistan later this year on a royal tour and although the dates have yet to be announced, it is believed the young couple will not travel for longer than one week  The three adorable Cambridge children will not be travelling with their parents on this official tour in autumn and therefore instead, Kate Middleton and husband William and promised to return quickly so as to reduce the separation from their children  Previously, the children have accompanied their parents on some tours, such as Prince George visiting Australia in 2014, and he and sister Charlotte accompanying their parents to Canada in 2016  The visit to Pakistan has been planned at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the itinerary will be published shortly  The royal trip is currently still scheduled however, many fear it may be cancelled amid growing tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi  Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Clearly the situation arising from India’s recent revoking of the special status of the disputed region of Kashmir, which is administered by India, will be monitored closely by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its evaluation of how events proceed will obviously determine whether the visit goes ahead ” But this may still not be enough to prevent the visit. Previously, a visit was still maintained by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in 2006, despite London and Islamabad being involved in a row over Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British national who spent 18 years in the Pakistani death row accused of killing a taxi driver  It is likely that if it continues, advisers will tell Kate and William to steer clear of discussing or commenting on the Kashmir crisis entirely

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