Prince William and Kate Middleton are currently embarking on a week-long royal tour of the Caribbean, visiting the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Belize in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. The trip marks the twelfth multi-day royal tour they’ve taken as a couple; the first was way back in 2012, just a few months after their wedding. Since, they’ve traveled with Prince George and Princess Charlotte (but not Prince Louis) to numerous countries around the world.
Staples of a Cambridge royal tour including posing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of famous monuments, Kate dressing in the traditional clothes of the country, and sports. (The Cambridges love sports on a royal tour.) Scroll through for their best royal tour moments over the last decade:
An first tour portrait
In this image from St James’s Palace, Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for an official tour portrait ahead of their trip to Canada in 2011. The photo was released in celebration of the couple’s first royal tour.
Their first ever royal tour together started in Ottowa.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook their first official overseas tour to Canada just two months after their wedding. Here, they, arrive at an official welcoming ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottowa.
The first of many “walkabout” events to come
A walkabout, or “an informal stroll among a crowd conducted by an important visitor,” is a hallmark of royal tours. Here’s the Duchess of Cambridge on her first-ever walkabout outside the UK.
Here, the Cambridges disembark HMCS Montreal on day 4 of the royal couple’s North American tour.
Rare PDA after a boat race
William fixes Kate’s bright red sweatshirt.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were made honorary members of the Canadian Rangers, and gifted Rangers sweaters in Blatchford Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Team Cambridge for the win
The Cambridge were also gifted hockey jerseys during a visit to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Getting into the rodeo spirit
Here, the Cambridges watch a rodeo demonstration in Calgary, Canada, on day 8 of their royal tour.
Kicking off their Diamond Jubilee tour in Singapore
The Cambridges smiled as they looked at an orchid named in honor of Princess Diana at Singapore Botanical Gardens on day 1 of their Diamond Jubilee tour. Their second royal tour took them to Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands, and the tiny Pacific Island of Tuvalu.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed wearing traditional island clothing during a visit to the Governor General’s house in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island on September 16, 2012.
Transport by a special boat-car vehicle
The Cambridges traveled in a special boat vehicle as they arrived at Honiara International Airport on Guadacanal Island. The open-top vehicle is shaped like a traditional canoe.
Getting into the groove
The Cambridges danced at a Vaiku Falekaupule Ceremony in Funafuti, Tuvalu, on day 8 of their tour.
The Queen’s coconuts
Prince William and Kate Middleton drank coconut milk from a tree planted by the Queen in 1982 on September 18, 2012 in Tuvalu.
Prince George’s first royal tour!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third-ever royal tour was a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand—and it marked the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George.
Royal tour or wine tasting?
Here, the Cambridges sample red wine as the visit Otago Wines at Amisfield winery in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Prince George’s cheeks are simply too much.
Here, the family of three departs New Zealand for Australia to continue their tour.
Extremely cute George moments
Prince George’s presence on the royal tour led to some extremely cute photo ops, such as this visit to the Bilby Enclosure at Taronga Zoo on day 14 of the tour in Sydney, Australia.
Royal tours include meeting animals, too.
At the zoo, William and Kate also met a koala.
The Taronga Zoo was really a highlight.
Prince William handed Kate a flower as they visited the Bilby Enclosure.
The Cambridges pose in front of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.
Famously, Prince William’s parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, toured Australia in 1983 and posed at Ayers Rock. It was also the first tour Prince William, then just nine months old, was taken on. Diana had allegedly refused to leave him behind, even though it had been standard practice for royals to leave their children in others’ care while embarking on such trips.
The Cambridges take on the city that never sleeps.
Their fourth royal multi-day tour was to New York City. Here, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at The Carlyle Hotel, where they stayed during their official visit to the United States in December 2014.
Taking in a basketball game
The Cambridges took in the American pastime of basketball, and attended a Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center.
Kate’s pink coat made a statement
Will and Kate, pictured here on the last day of their New York City whirlwind tour.
Kicking off their royal tour to India and Bhutan with a laugh
The Cambridges love a sport stop on a tour.
Kate had total focus on the soccer ball.
A classic pose in front of a historical monument
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited India Gate Memorial on in New Delhi. The memorial is dedicated to dedicated to the troops of British India who died in wars fought between 1914 and 1919.
William and Kate painted an Elephant Parade statue as they visit to the Mark Shand Foundation in Kaziranga National Park on day 4 of the royal visit to India and Bhutan.
Happy as can be in a national park
The Cambridges are at the Elephant Family Discovery center in this photo, a Mark Shand Foundation charity. Shand was a travel writer and conservationist, and the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Open-air travel is a key part of royal tours
Here, the royal couple rides in an open-air jeep on safari around Kaziranga National Park.
One thing is for certain: Kate is willing to try all the sports
Hiking chic in Bhutan
On day 6 of their royal tour, Kate and Will hiked to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery, in Paro, Bhutan.
At the Taj Mahal
On the last day of their royal tour to India and Bhutan, the Cambridges visited the Taj Mahal. They sat on the same bench where Princess Diana was pictured 24 years earlier, right before the dissolution of her marriage to Prince Charles.
The Cambridges travel as a family of four!
In 2016, Kate and William brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte on an eight-day royal tour of Canada. This was their first royal tour as a family of four.
Arriving by sea plane
You can always count on the Cambridges to travel by every possible form of transportation on their royal tours.
William is giving someone a death stare.
Here, the Cambridges arrive in Whitehorse during their royal tour.
Extremely good royal kids photos on the tour
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte attended a children’s party for military families in Victoria, Canada.
Matching Haida scarves
The Cambridges visited the Haida Heritage Centre, which celebrates Haida culture during their visit to Canada.
The royal couple at the Musee d’Orsay
In March 2017, the Duke and Duchess undertook a two day tour of France, staying in Paris. They made sure to visit as many French landmarks as possible during their 48-hour trip.
The Cambridges attended a dinner hosted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, at the British Embassy in Paris on the first night of their tour to France.
Au revoir, France!
On day two of their trip to France, they posed in front of the Eiffel Tower, standing side-by-side.
The Cambridges take another family tour.
In July 2017, the Cambridges once again brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte along on their royal tour—this time to Poland and Germany. This marked the couple’s eighth overseas multi-day royal tour together. Here, they arrive in Poland.
Kate laughs at Will.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Tech Market event for Polish Business in Warsaw.
Sharing a smile, and a drink
Here, the Cambridges attend the Queen’s Birthday Garden Party at the Orangery during their royal tour in July 2017 in Warsaw.
Another classic Cambridges-in-front-of-a-famous-monument pose
They visited the Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks.
Taking in the Holocaust Memorial
Kate and Will share a solemn moment at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
The coordinating Cambridges
On their last day in Germany, they all wore purples and pinks.
By their ninth royal tour, they have it down.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smiled as she walked through the cobbled streets of Stockholm from the Royal Palace to the Nobel Museum.
Kate’s winter fashion on this tour was perfect.
Here she is in herringbone on day two of the royal tour.
Did someone say winter style?
Sporty Cambridges, winter edition
Prince William and Kate attended an event organized by the Norwegian Ski Federation, where they join local nursery children in a number of outdoors activities at Holmenkollen ski jump.
Kate threw a snowball at William.
And so ends their royal tour to Norway and Sweden.
The royal tour of Pakistan
New royal tour transportation vehicle unlocked: Tuk tuk
The Cambridges arrived by tuk tuk to a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew at the Pakistan National Monument.
It wouldn’t be a royal tour without a sport.
Taking in nature
The Cambridges visited the Chiatibo glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province.
Kate with well-wishers
The Duchess spoke excitedly to the group.
The Cambridges at Badshahi Mosque
Prince William and Kate visited the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore.
Another photo of their visit to the Badshahi Mosque
Their last royal tour was to Ireland in March 2020
Ring, ring! Royal tour time!
William animatedly talks about cows.
Here, the royal couple visit the Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research Centre in Grange, County Meath.
Taking in a cliff walk
The Cambridges walked the cliff walk at Howth.
Leaving an Irish pub
Their trip would’ve been complete without visiting an Irish pub!
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