Will Duchess Kate join Prince William on his special visit to Africa?

By Jessica Pollack

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will always have a special place in their hearts for Africa, the continent that saw the prince get down on one knee to propose to then- Kate Middleton at the base of Mount Kenya. Now, Prince William is set to return for a tour of Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania later this month as patron of the Royal African Society, continuing his tireless work to help end the poaching of endangered species. Fans are hoping that Kate will join her husband for a walk down memory lane.

The mother of three has been on maternity leave since the end of March, doting on the couple's three children - Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and four-month-old Prince Louis - but she's expected to return to royal duties in the coming weeks. This could be the perfect opportunity! Her 36-year-old hubby is newly minted in this particular patronage, having taken it over from the Queen last year after she served 64 years in the role.

The animal lovers visited a conservation centre in India. Photo: © ADNAN ABIDI/AFP/Getty Images

Whether his wife joins in or not, William's dedication to wildlife conservation was out in full force as he attended his first engagement with the society, making a passionate speech in which he shared his love of Africa. “I first fell in love with Africa when I spent time in Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania as a teenager. I was captivated and have been hankering to get back as often as possible ever since. That is why, when you kindly asked me to become the patron of the Royal African Society last year, it was a pretty easy offer to accept.”

He continued: “Like so many others, I am deeply saddened by the numbers of elephant, rhino and pangolin who have been illegally slaughtered for their tusks, horns and scales. But the illegal wildlife trade also has a devastating human impact. Too many brave rangers are tragically killed each year by poachers. Communities see their tourist livelihoods threatened."

Even if the duchess doesn't join the duke on this particular trip, she'll have plenty of opportunities to revisit Africa and support the cause in the future. William concluded his speech by saying, "This is why I am committed to doing what I can to help end this terrible, global crime. This will be a particular focus of my upcoming visit to Africa, and of course the Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade taking place here in London in October.”

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