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William and Kate give back to Africa, the continent that welcomed them with open arms

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It was the place they became engaged, and Prince William has loved the continent ever since he travelled there as a student. It's little wonder the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to support Africa during their first major humanitarian mission. The royal newlyweds have backed UNICEF's East Africa Crisis appeal.



During his gap year, the future King spent three months travelling the continent learning about wildlife and the environment. On his return, William began supporting the Tusk Trust, which supports wildlife conservation and poverty reduction from Botswana to Algeria. The Prince has often said he loves the anonymity he enjoys there. "Africa is the perfect place to come," he said during an interview with his adventurer friend Ben Fogle. "The locals, wherever I go, haven't got a clue who I am and I love that." Now the Prince and his wife – who became betrothed at Lake Rutundu near Mount Kenya – are going to give something back to the place where they feel so at home. They were headed to Denmark to tour the UNICEF's emergency supply centre and will be joined by the country's Princess Mary and Prince Frederik.


The UNICEF supply centre has a warehouse within it the size of three football pitches. William and Kate – and their Danish hosts – will be given a briefing on the latest situation in East Africa, where 13 million people are being affected by famine. They will also be shown how supplies are sourced and packed and help pack emergency medical kits being sent to malnourished children in the region. Finally, William and Kate will go to Copenhagen Airport to see the supplies being loaded onto a plane bound for Nairobi. The charity trip will be useful for Kate, who is learning the ropes before making a final decision next year on which organisations to support.

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