King Charles ‘planning Royal Family’s biggest ever tour to kick off his reign’

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    King Charles, 73, is planning the biggest world tour in Royal Family history during the first two years of his reign.

    The newly-crowned monarch is set to visit Australia, New Zealand and some of the Commonwealth's Caribbean countries.

    But it is understood that Queen Consort Camilla will not accompany her husband on all of the trips, as she carries out her duties in the UK instead.

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    Royal sources have suggested Charles' global jaunts are intended to "extend a hand of friendship and support" to those nations that he visits.

    It is anticipated that the King might visit as many countries as his mother – Queen Elizabeth – did during the 1970s when, to mark her Silver Jubilee, she stopped off at 73 different countries, including 52 from the Commonwealth.

    Trips to Australia and Canada are understood to be pencilled in on the agenda "as soon as possible".

    While Prince of Wales, the King has already visited 45 of the Commonwealth's nations and is reportedly "acutely aware" that some of the Caribbean countries he may "extend a hand of friendship to" could be hoping to become republics in the near future.

    It is also understood that Camilla could join Charles on his first state visit as King to South Africa as soon as next month.

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    A royal insider told The Mirror: "The King and his family are keen to hit the ground running in these crucial first few months and years of his reign. He certainly wants to carry on the long-held mantra from his late mother of being seen to be believed, and is very keen to get out and meet as many people as possible."

    Outside of the Commonwealth, Charles and Camilla are also expected to visit France and Germany, although a proposed trip to the former next month has now been delayed until 2023.

    New South Wales government officials, meanwhile, revealed plans this week for a royal tour to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Australian democracy in 2024.

    More immediately, Prince William and Kate are preparing to visit the United States in coming weeks to take part in the Prince of Wales' Earthshot Prize environmental scheme.

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