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Kate and William set for USA visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the USA this December - Kate's first foreign trip since the announcement of her second pregnancy.

It is the couple's first visit to both New York City and Washington, DC. They will be travelling without Prince George. Their last official visit to the USA was to California in 2011.

The Royal couple will travel to New York for a programme of events on behalf of the Royal Foundation and other charities from December 7 to 9 . The engagements include promoting sustainable conservation issues, young people's mental health and supporting disadvantaged young people.

Prince William will spend the day in Washington DC on December 8 while Kate remains in New York. During his visit, the Prince will attend an anti-corruption conference at the World Bank, focusing on the transportation of illegal wildlife parts across borders.

In his absence, the Duchess will accompany the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, on a visit to a local child development centre.

Prince William will return to New York on Monday evening, when the couple will attend an NBA Basketball game.

The Duke and Duchess will attend events celebrating the successful partnerships between the UK and USA in the technology and creative industries, in support of UK Government initiatives. They also plan to pay their respects at the World Trade Centre's Memorial and Museum.

Kensington Palace said: "The couple really are very much looking forward to all the special moments of the visit. They've been an integral part in planning it."

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