updated 03/01/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/02/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
Prince George is about to go on tour.
The 7-month-old prince is set to fly halfway around the world and join his parents, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in New Zealand and Australia for his first royal engagements, enabling fans to see him up close for the first time since his christening in October.
While it was believed George would join his parents for the three-week trip, his accompanying them was only confirmed this weekend, once they were sure they were comfortable with the arrangements.
“It is entirely their own decision,” said William’s private secretary, Miguel Head. “The times he may join them [on engagements] is driven by the same desire – that nothing other than their own considerations and comfort will be taken into account.”
The tour begins in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 7 and ends in Canberra, Australia, on the 25th.
Before travel arrangements could be finalized, the couple had to seek permission from the Queen for William and his son to travel together – normally, heirs don’t travel long distances together on the same aircraft. William set the precedent himself in 1983, when he was 9 months old and joined his parents, Charles and Diana, on a trip Down Under.
Great thought has gone into planning the trip around the needs of baby George, who will have an as-yet-unnamed nanny traveling with him.
Also in the entourage: William and Kate’s private secretaries, three press spokespeople, a tour secretary, a personal assistant (though this, it is stressed, is not a dresser), a hairdresser, and an orderly to manage logistics. Sir David Manning, a former diplomat and an adviser to the couple, will also accompany them.