According to reports, William and Kate will soon receive an official invitation to visit from the country's prime minister, Scott Morrison. It is not certain when this tour may happen, but the royal couple is expected to visit the coastal towns that were affected by the bushfires. At the height of the disaster, they issued a statement of sympathy. "We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the fires that are destroying homes, livelihoods and wildlife across much of Australia,” it said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and communities whose are affected by this tragic event."
This will be the Cambridges second visit to the country and it will be William's fifth Australian visit. He and Kate previously visited Australia and New Zealand in 2014 and brought nine-month-old Prince George with them. They had engagements at Uluru, the Sydney Opera House and a fire-ravaged street in the Blue Mountains. They also planted a tree at the National Arboretum and visited Tarango Zoo, where the bilby enclosure was named after Prince George.
If they decide to bring their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the trip is likely to take place when the children are on school holidays. It’s understood that the forthcoming visit will include visits to towns along the east coast of Victoria and New South Wales. It is hoped that the trip will help boost international fundraising for the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the devastating bushfires, which resulted in 34 people and an estimated one billion animals being killed and more than 18m hectares of land destroyed.