Kate Ready for 'Significant Upsurge' in Royal Duties

04/29/2014 at 07:00 AM EDT

Kate Ready for 'Significant Upsurge' in Royal Duties
The Duchess of Cambridge
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Back from the tour Down Under with Prince William and baby George, Kate soon plans to plunge back into royal duties, including charity work for seriously ill children.

"We have got a really busy program actually for both of them and Prince Harry," an aide to the trio confirms. "There will be a significant upsurge in engagements."

Kate and William, who celebrate their third wedding anniversary Tuesday, are still finalizing their summer schedules. But first, William is due to head to the wedding of pal Guy Pelly in Memphis this weekend.

Plans also are under way for visits by Harry to Chile and Brazil and another one to Estonia and Italy in Europe, while he will also front the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for servicemen and servicewomen in London in September.



For Kate, 32, the coming months will be an opportunity to further put her stamp on aiding those who work on palliative care – a team medical approach for treating the patient and working with the family – as well as hospice care.

During her tour of Australia and New Zealand, Kate's only speech was at the Bear Cottage hospice in Sydney. To a supporting "woo-hoo" from William, she spoke of the need to help families as well as the young patients themselves. And she urged an increase in collaborative care, something Kate is in a perfect position to help engender as she now has links with hospices around the world.

Kate is a patron of a group of hospices in the U.K., East Anglia Children's Hospices, and made a speech at a Malaysian center when the couple visited there two years ago. As well as seeing the Sydney hospice with her husband, she also took a solo visit to one near Auckland, New Zealand, earlier in the couple's 19-day tour.



William and Kate also plan to promote early intervention with marginalized children and a continuing effort to help wounded and former servicemen and women.

William also has a decision to make – what kind of work he will do following the "transitional year" that aides spoke about, that began back in September. His future could be full-time royal duties, taking on more of the work of the aging Queen Elizabeth, 88, and Prince Philip, who turns 93 in June. Or he could take a job in a government department, charity or public service.

CNN Newsource: Royals Depart Australia

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