Rugby matches and film premieres: William and Kate's busy winter schedule

William and Kate are gearing up for a busy winter of official engagements. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released their schedule for the coming months, which closely follows the news that they are seeking another press officer to help deal with their ever increasing royal workload.

On November 24 the royal duo will attend a rugby match between world champions New Zealand and the country they have made their home  Wales. The couple will be sure to wrap up warm as they turn out for the game at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, 160 miles from their Anglesey home.

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The Prince and his wife are known sports fans. They recently attended St George's Park in Newcastle and also made many appeaances at the London 2012 Olympic Games. And the Duke and Duchess are not afraid to join in on the action famously racing each other in a dragon boat competition during their tour to the US and Canada.

Kate, whose is preparing to undertake more solo engagements, will then step out as Sir David Attenborough's guest of honour for the grand opening of the National History Museum's new Treasures gallery.

The 30-year-old Duchess will be given a tour of the 22 most impressive specimens that have ever been on display in the iconic museum. Six of the specially selected exhibits have been revealed so far, including  the famous Archaeopteryx fossil which first indicated that birds are descended from dinosaurs.

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Dr Michael Dixon, the museum's director said: "We are thrilled Her Royal Highness will join Sir David in helping us celebrate the opening of Treasures. We hope that she will be the first of many visitors to discover everything the museum represents in this special gallery."


Next on the agenda is the Winter Whites Gala at the Royal Albert Hall. Held on December 8, the gala is in aid of William's patronage at Centrepoint, a charity which works with young people struck by homelessness. All eyes will no doubt be on what glittering outfit Kate will choose for the occasion.

The following day the couple will show their support for the armed forces by attending the 2012 British Military Tournament at Earls Court in London. The event is one of the largest exhibitions of Military theatre in the world and promises some spectacular performances which will help raise funds for the four national charities of the armed forces: The Soldiers' Charity, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

William and Kate

This year's performance is based on the life of William's grandmother, the Queen, towards the end of her Diamond Jubilee year.

Finally the royal duo will attend their second film premiere together. Having stepped out on the red carpet for the hit film War Horse in January, the couple will appear in Leicester Square again for the eagerly anticipated screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The film is an adaptation of J R R Tolkein's famous novel of which William's father is an avid fan.

For his 64th birthday, the Prince of Wales visited director Peter Jackson's studio whilst on tour in New Zealand with his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.

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