Mark your calendars royal fans, Prince William and Kate will be attending their first joint engagement of 2020.
After enjoying some time off duties over Christmas with their children, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are back to work. On Wednesday, Kensington Palace announced that the couple will “travel to Bradford on Wednesday 15th January to visit a number of projects which support the community and promote cohesion within it, in one of the UK’s most diverse cities #RoyalVisitBradford”.
Five days after that, William and Kate will host a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit. The event will take place on Monday, January 20.2020.
The Palace revealed in a statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, will host a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit on Monday 20th January #InvestInAfrica”.
The Summit will be hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and “will bring together businesses, governments and international institutions to showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa.”
It will strengthen the partnership between the UK and the African nations in order to build a secure and prosperous future for all citizens.
During his first speech as patron of the Royal African Society, Prince William revealed that he first ‘fell in love’ with Africa when he spent time in Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania as a teenager.
He said: “Africa is both the oldest and the youngest continent in the world, being both the birthplace of humankind and the continent with the youngest population.
“My patronage of the Royal African Society is an honour and I will certainly continue to be a passionate advocate The Prince described the futures of Britain and Africa as being “inextricably intertwined” and stated that African communities have “a long history in Britain.”
Africa also holds a special place in William and Kate’s hearts as the Prince proposed to the Duchess during a safari trip near the foothills of Mount Kenya.