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Prince William steps in for pregnant Kate on Malta tour

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Prince William

arrived in Malta on Saturday for a

two day visit to the country

to mark the 50th anniversary of its independence from the UK.


William, who was stepping in for

the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton

, whose acute morning sickness meant she was too ill to make the trip, was met by President Marie Louise Colerio Preca.Amid bright Mediterranean sunshine, the 32-year-old royal arrived at San Anton Palace where he toured the grounds and planted a tree.


Scores of people lined the streets of Valletta, the country's capital, where they greeted William and gave him gifts for his young son

Prince George

.While speaking to the well-wishers

William apologised that his wife couldn't make the trip

she had been so keen on undertaking.

"Sorry Catherine can't be here,"

he reportedly told royal fans.

"She's doing so-so." Saturday 20 September

- The Duke will call on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the Auberge de Castille and view the In Guardia re-enactment at the Palace Square, Valletta.- At the National Library he will view a number of historical documents, including letters from kings Henry VIII and George II, and the original citation awarding the George Cross to Malta.- In the evening he will attend an official Independence Day reception at the Upper Barrakka.- The Duke will stay overnight as a guest of President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace.

Sunday 21 September

- Prince William will attend Mass at St John's Co-Cathedral and later view the two Caravaggio masterpieces.- The Duke will visit to Centru Access in Vittoriosa for a meeting with the staff and clients of Agenzija Zghazagh.- William will conduct a walkabout in Vittoriosa and a tour of the Church of St Lawrence followed by a boat trip in Grand Harbour.- Finally he will attend a Garden Party hosted by the British High Commissioner

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