Kate Middleton and Prince Williams tour companions as they head to America

The Prince and Princess of Wales are getting ready for their first Royal tour under King Charles III’s reign. The monarch, who succeeded his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II in September, will have an official coronation on May 6, 2023, as announced by Buckingham Palace.

Prince William, who is now first in line to the throne, will head off to Boston in the US with the Duchess this week ahead of the second annual Earthshot Prize – an award presented to five winners every year for their contributions to environmentalism.

Amongst their usual team – typically consisting of private secretaries, security, and of course, Kate’s glam squad – the Royal couple will now be travelling with an extra member.

Joining their entourage this time will be a doctor, which will mark a significant shift in William’s status as a member of the Royal family.

For some context, being joined by a doctor while travelling is a symbol of importance within the British monarchy.

Before 2019, the only ones to travel with a medical professional were the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Charles and Camilla, who now of course goes by the title, Queen Consort.

During Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, she was always accompanied by a Royal Navy doctor whenever she travelled.

It was also custom for the medic to have carried out research regarding the nearest hospitals in advance should anything happen during the trip.

The on-hand doctor would also carry medical equipment at all times, including a mobile defibrillator and emergency medicine in case of an emergency.

It is known that the medic was always only a few steps behind the Queen at any time during a Royal tour, too.

King Charles and the Queen Consort, who signs off her messages with an 'R' for this reason, were also joined by their own doctor, Professor Charles Deakin during their 2018 tour of The Gambia.

Previously, it was reported that during trips to countries where a reliable blood source may be hard to access, the Queen and then-Prince Charles would have their own packs of blood following behind them whenever they ventured out.

While this isn’t the first time Kate and Wills have taken a doctor with them on their travels – back in 2019 during their trip to Pakistan, they brought a friend from Prince William's East Anglian Air Ambulance days as their medic – this tour may be a bittersweet moment as they embark upon it as heirs to the throne.


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