The Duke of Cambridge has disclosed that he and the Duchess of Cambridge intend to take Prince George to Australia next year for his first royal tour.
He told two Australian tourists that he was “very hopeful” all three of them would travel Down Under, just as he did with his own parents the year after he was born.
As he bade an emotional farewell to the people of Anglesey, where he and the Duchess have had “our first home together”, he described his three-week-old son as “pretty loud but of course very good-looking”.
He also spoke for the first time about the couple’s plans for the future, confirming he will be leaving RAF Valley next month when “we have to move elsewhere”.
The Duke was visiting the Anglesey Show, a two-day agricultural event close to the rented farmhouse where he and the Duchess have lived for the past three years.
Speaking to Max and Maxine Davies, from Victor Harbour near Adelaide, he said: “George is doing really well, thank you. We are all very hopeful of coming to Australia next year.”
Mr and Mrs Davies, aged 77 and 75 respectively, said they were thrilled at the news.
“We are on holiday here and can’t believe we got to talk to him. How wonderful that the family will come to Australia to visit,” Mrs Davies said.
The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, broke with tradition in 1983 by taking the baby Prince William with them to Australia on their first royal tour following their marriage.
Although there has been widespread speculation that the Duke and Duchess might follow suit, it is the first time the Duke has admitted plans are underway.
In a speech to the crowd, which he began in Welsh, he said: “Thank you, people of Anglesey. It is a great pleasure to be here. I am so proud to have lived on Anglesey, the Mother of Wales. I have even learned a little Welsh!
“My Welsh pronunciation is bad but it is slowly getting better, I hope.
“Catherine is sorry that she cannot be here today at the County Show, but she and George would have loved to have been here. He’s pretty loud but of course very good-looking!
“I have to say that I thought search and rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a three-week-old baby is up there!
“I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey.
“The views across the Menai Straits are undoubtedly among the most stunning in the British Isles. I know that both of us will miss it terribly when my search and rescue tour of duty comes to an end next month and we have to move elsewhere.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making my wife and me so welcome when we arrived here, as you do thousands of visitors each year.
“This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us both. Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family.”
Prince William takes part in a falconry display as he attends the Anglesey Show in North Wales (Photo: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
A spokesman for the Duke said he had not been having formal lessons in Welsh, but asked Welsh-speaking friends to help him with his speech.
As he toured the show the Duke spoke to Joan Roberts, 70, from Carmel, North Wales, about his new duties as a father.
She said: “He told me that he hopes [George] will sleep through the night soon and I congratulated him. It was quite awesome really. It was really nice to see him because he has been living here for such a long time and it was the first time I have met him. It was really lovely.”
Later, the Duke judged a cattle show, where he spoke to Susan Heath, 56, and met her nine-month-old grandson, Andrew.
Mrs Heath, from Chester, said: “I said I hope he enjoys his son as much as I enjoy my grandson. And then he said ‘That’s the joy of being a grandparent – once you have had enough you can give them back!”‘
An announcement on the Duke’s future career will be made in the next month, before his tour of duty at RAF Valley finishes in mid-September.