Royals go globetrotting for Diamond Jubilee

December 14, 2011 - 11:01 AM
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2011 photo, Funafuti, the main island of the nation state of Tuvalu, is seen from a Royal New Zealand airforce C130 aircraft as it approaches at Funafuti, Tuvalu, South Pacific. Buckingham Palace said Wednesday Dec. 14. 2011 the British royal family will tour the globe to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign. The palace said Wednesday one of the biggest trips will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Tuvalu, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Solomon Islands. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says the royal family will tour the globe to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign.

The palace said Wednesday one of the biggest trips will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

When the queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh toured Tuvalu in 1982, they were carried shoulder-high by islanders into the capital. The royal couple then climbed into canoes.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will go to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Prince Harry will tour Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

The queen turns 86 in April and the duke 91 in June. Both will be traveling in the UK for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.