The duchess will visit Malta this fall for the 50th anniversary of the island's independence

By Simon Perry
Updated July 11, 2014 12:05 PM
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It’s Kate’s time to shine.

The Duchess of Cambridge will consciously uncouple from her constant overseas travel companion, husband Prince William, when she heads to Malta this fall on her first royal tour alone.

With William, 32, likely starting a new job as a helicopter pilot in the air ambulance, Kate will head to the little island in the Mediterranean solo in September to mark the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence.

Local media are excitedly reporting the news, which PEOPLE has confirmed.

Kate, also 32, has been adept at carrying out solo visits in the U.K. and has made excursions alone while abroad, such as when she visited a hospice in New Zealand in April while William attended a separate event.

Of the Malta trip, a Kensington Palace spokesman would say only: “We will announce any overseas trip in due course.”

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