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Kate to arrive in Denmark for fact-finding mission on early childhood

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The Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Denmark on a fact-finding trip to learn how the country has become a world leader in its approach to early childhood development.

Kate will spend two days in the capital Copenhagen on a working visit with her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

It will be the first time she has taken the work of her foundation, which she launched in June, to the international stage.

The visit will also pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Denmark and celebrate the countries’ joint jubilees – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Golden Jubilee of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, both of which fall in 2022.

Kate announced the trip in a personal tweet posted earlier this month on the Kensington Royal’s Twitter account.

She shared a video of her hands, with her large sapphire and diamond engagement ring on show, making the word Denmark and the country’s flag out of Lego.

In a personal message, the duchess wrote: “Looking forward to learning from experts, parents & practitioners about Denmark’s approach to early childhood later this month.

“Denmark is a beacon of best practice in its approach to the early years, with a culture which prioritises the best start in life.”

She ended the message with the Danish words “Pa snarligt gensyn”, which translate as “See you soon”, and the letter “C” to denote a personal tweet.

Kate will receive an official welcome from Queen Margrethe on the second day of her trip in honour of the long-standing relationship between the two royal families.

The duchess will also join Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and visit a project which works to protect vulnerable women and children from domestic violence.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman, speaking when the trip was first announced, said: “The duchess is looking forward to visiting the country, learning from the Danish people, and continuing to build on the already close friendship between the two countries.”

Denmark is considered a beacon of best practice with its approach to early childhood, as well as consistently ranking near the top of countries with the happiest people in the world.

It will be Kate’s second official visit to Denmark, following a trip with the Duke of Cambridge in 2011.

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