While we’ve already established that Prince William doesn’t fly solo, the former helicopter pilot is going to look a bit more lonely when he jets off to the United Arab Emirates on February 10. Kate Middleton will not be accompanying him on the short tour, which will be his first trip abroad since the pandemic made traveling more difficult, per Royal Central. It will also be his first visit to the wealthy country, where he will participate in “the United Arab Emirates’ 50th anniversary and UK National Day’s celebration.”
Will is making the trip at the behest of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, but he will use the opportunity to advance a cause that’s important to him: wildlife conservation. The UAE is a supporter of his United for Wildlife foundation and he’ll learn about what the country has been doing on its behalf.
Will’s last overseas trip was in 2019, according to the Mirror. Kate also didn’t join him for that brief tour of Oman and Kuwait, as she had a NATO reception to attend back home, per People. She also missed out on a 2018 trip to Jordan, where she and her family lived when she was a young child. “She is very upset that I am coming here without her,” Will said while visiting the British ambassador’s residence in Amman, per E! News. Luckily, he made it up to her with that aforementioned rare private trip.