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The palace today announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s next public engagement will be a visit to Unicef.

The two will visit the charity’s emergency supply centre in Denmark to view the effort to distribute food and medical supplies to East Africa, St James’s Palace said today. 

 

In what is their first joint humanitarian mission, the pair will visit the centre in Copenhagen on 2 November, and will be accompanied by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark.

The couple, who organised the trip at short notice to fit in with a gap in William’s helicopter search and rescue duties, want to use their global fame to draw attention to the deepening crisis and they could visit the relief effort in the Horn of Africa next year.

 

Severe food shortages in East Africa are affecting more than 13 million people and the royal party hope to maintain global attention on the crisis, which is worsening with more areas expected to be declared as ‘in famine’ over the next few months.

Currently, 320,000 children in East Africa are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and are at imminent risk of death without immediate assistance.

 

The Daily Mail’s take on the visit

 

 

Official announcement

 

Duke and Duchess to visit Unicef in Denmark

 

The East Africa Crisis website http://www.eastafricacrisis.org/

 


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Posted by mousiekins
Dated: 26th October 2011
Filled Under: Royal Visits, Royalty