Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to have flown to the island nation in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, landing in capital Male at approximately 9.40am on a British Airways flight. William, 31, and Kate, 32, reportedly exited the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport VIP Lounge accompanied by Scotland Yard detectives when onlookers realised they were visiting.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with son Prince George
It is believed the royal couple are spending time at a new resort island in the north, the five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel on Noonu Atoll. It boasts 45 villas which have all be closed for the week while their special guests are visiting.
William and Kate – who married in April 2011 - have made no secret of their interest for a Maldives vacation and considered the location for their honeymoon, which ultimately was taken in the Seychelles. Both are due to tour Australia and New Zealand from Monday April 7 to Friday April 25 where it has been confirmed Prince George will be attending, and specific appearances by the toddler will be decided near the time.
The royals are to go on an Australia and New Zealand tour next month
Prince William is to complete his 10-week intensive agricultural course at Cambridge University at the end of March, however his getaway comes during a week where no lectures are scheduled. The heir to the throne at the Duchy of Cornwall estate, currently held by his Duke of Wales father Prince Charles, also took time out in February when he went shooting in Spain with younger brother Prince Harry.
In January Kate decided to attend her mother Caroline Middleton’s 59th birthday holiday in Mustique, bringing George along on family travels.