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The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are in Denmark, where they have been spending time with their Danish counterparts, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. The two royal couples made a visit to a UNICEF center. They packed emergency supplies to be sent to East Africa, where 13 million people are said to be at risk of starvation.
Prince William said the current crisis has been going on for “at least 100 days now, and it’s not getting any better.” (via the Associated Press)
Speaking in her first interview since becoming a member of the royal family, the Duchess called the situation “shocking.”
The Daily Telegraph reported that she told an aid worker that she wanted to travel to Kenya “soon,” but there is no trip scheduled at the moment.
A royal source told the Telegraph: “A visit to Africa is certainly something the couple are considering. It may be some time before they could fit it into their schedule, but it certainly isn’t being ruled out.”
Prince William has traveled to Africa many times; the royal couple was engaged in Kenya last year.
In other travel-related royal news:
• Kate and William appeared to get along very well with the Danish royal couple. The Daily Mail pointed out that when Frederik and Mary were married in 2004, their wedding was portrayed in Denmark as a modern fairytale romance, just like Will’s and Kate’s marriage.
But the paper really focused on the similarities between the two future queens – the paper’s headline spoke of “Kate and her royal lookalike.”
“With their matching chestnut hair and elegant poise, they could be sisters,” the Mail wrote.
• Prince Charles and Camilla are in South Africa, as part of an eight-day African visit. But before landing in South Africa, the Prince of Wales took a brief trip to the Middle East, where he visited Kuwait and Qatar. (Camilla sat out the Middle East leg of the trip, opting to meet Charles in South Africa.)
While he was in Kuwait, Charles attended a conference of the Middle East Business Intelligence group, viewed a military parade celebrating British-Kuwaiti cooperation, and met with the Amir of Kuwait.
A tweet sent by the British Embassy in Kuwait read: “Official State Lunch for HRH in Kuwait a splendid occasion. Kuwaiti hospitality is legendary!” (via Female First)
• One of the people who met Charles as he arrived at an airbase near Pretoria was Dame Nicola Brewer, the British High Commissioner in South Africa, who wrote an opinion piece in the South African Daily News stressing the importance of the Prince’s visit. Saying that the trade relationship between the UK and South Africa is worth more than £8 billion, she wrote: “In 2009, South Africa alone accounted for 25 percent of the UK’s total exports of goods and services to Africa and 34 percent of the UK’s imports of goods and services from Africa.”
The Prince will address economic and environmental issues as he travels around South Africa. The couple will then go to Tanzania for three days.