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Will, Kate prepare for eighth foreign trip

AAP logoAAP 24/09/2016 Thomas Hornall

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to Canada is the eighth time the couple have been abroad since marrying in 2011 - but they have some way to go to match the distances travelled by the Prince of Wales and Diana in the early years of their marriage.

The royal couple will touch down in Victoria on Saturday with their young children before a week of engagements and photo opportunities around British Columbia and its neighbouring state of Yukon.

During their five-and-a-half years together as man and wife, William and Kate have clocked up 114,579km on foreign trips and spent 44 days abroad.

But during the equivalent period of their marriage, Charles and Diana travelled 154,265km and spent a total of 100 days overseas during eight trips.

William and Kate's honeymoon overseas trip came two months after their marriage when they went to Canada then Los Angeles in June 2011.

In comparison, after marrying in July 1981, Charles and Diana waited two years to take their first trip - an extended 41-day tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1983.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29 2011 and since then their trips have included a signature nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, as well as visits to India and Bhutan earlier this year.

Their longest journey overall was to Australia and New Zealand in April 2014 when the pair were away for 18 days, covering 38,143km.

When they return from Canada they will have been abroad for 51 days, covering 453,912km.

Unlike William and Kate, Charles and Diana visited countries in the Middle East, visiting Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in November 1986.

The Prince of Wales will visit Bahrain for the sixth time in 30 years this November, despite strong objections from human rights groups.

Both royal couples had two babies two years apart within the five-and-a-half-year time period.

William was born in June 1982 followed by Harry in September 1984, while George was born in July 2013, followed by little sister Charlotte in May 2015.

It will be 16-month-old Charlotte's first visit abroad, but Prince George, three, has been on previous royal engagements, having gone to Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

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