William , KatePrince William and Princess Kate to follow in Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s footsteps with a tour of India next year – but George and Charlotte will be staying at home.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to follow in Charles and Diana’s footsteps next Spring when they will embark on a tour of India 24 years after William’s parents visited. Although neither Kate nor William, both 33, have journeyed to the country before, the Prince of Wales visited as recently as November 2013, on a nine-day tour.

The trip is in the very early stages of planning but both the Government and Kensington Palace were keen to announce it while the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is in the UK Modi was yesterday a guest of the Queen at Buckingham Palace where they lunched. This will not be the first overseas visit the couple has taken without their children having taken a trip to the states without their first born at the end of 2014.

The couple spent several days in New York City in December last year without George who remained at home in the care of Borallo. It is hoped that William’s visit to the country frequented by his father will be a more unified one than what Charles experienced with Diana. Making the announcement, a statement from Kensington Palace said: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit India in the spring of 2016. ‘The visit is being undertaken at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and will be the first time The Duke and Duchess have visited the country.