Kate Middleton’s surprising ten-week trip to this country – without Prince William
KATE MIDDLETON has travelled to a number of countries with her husband, Prince William, as part of her role in the Royal Family. There is one country she has visited by herself that many may not know about.
Kate Middleton, 36, undertook her first solo royal visit in 2016 when visiting the Netherlands.
The royal travelled by British Airways to visit the Hague and Rotterdam by herself.
She also spent ten weeks abroad without Prince William, 36, on an excursion to Chile – a trip many may not have realised she took.
The trip was part of her gap year before she headed to St Andrews, where she met Prince William.
At times it was physically demanding. She was pretty easy going
The trip was an expedition with charity Raleigh International which works on sustainable development.
Revealed on the Duchess of Cambridge’s official website, it states she “undertook a Raleigh International programme in Chile” in 2001.
Expedition leader Malcolm Sutherland explained how Kate fit in with the team at the time when she was just 19 years old.
He told the Evening Standard: “She was by herself, like most people. She was definitely one of the fitter and stronger members of her group, which assisted her for sure.
“At times it was physically demanding. She was pretty easy going.”
During the ten weeks, she spent time wilderness trekking, as well as a three-week marine survey travelling in an inflatable boat studying marine life.
She also worked on building a new fire station in the region for the local community.
The charity, established in 1984, works to improve access to water and sanitation as well as help vulnerable people and environments.
To take part in the trip, the volunteer has to raise at least £800, with trips currently on offer to Nepal, Tanzania and Costa Rica.
More than 40,000 people have been part of the expeditions since, with Prince William also undertaking the trip just months before his now-wife.
The second in line to the throne has previously spoken about his time in Chile, where he taught English to school children and studied rare animals.
He said at the time, of his fellow volunteers: “I didn’t want them to treat me differently to anyone else.”
Kate and William aren’t the only adventurous royals; Prince Harry travelled to Australia to work on a cattle station during his gap year as well as to Lesotho, working with orphaned children.
Meghan Markle travelled Europe when she was just 15 and was living in the US at the time.
Pictures showed her sitting outside Buckingham Palace on a trip to London.
Source: HELLO MAGAZINE