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Unlike with their 2014 visit Down Under, the couple is unlikely to travel with their children this time

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August 25, 2015 04:35 PM

With royal diaries set up about six months in advance, palace aides are already turning their attention to next year.

And that means a foreign tour for Prince William and Princess Kate.

But contrary to reports, fans hoping to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte on a splashy tour will likely have to wait a while, as PEOPLE understands it’s not expected that the royal children would be with their parents on any foreign visit in the near future.

With the couple already having visited Canada, Los Angeles, New York, Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand, speculation for their next move has included a trip to the Caribbean. But there is no decision yet on the timing or place.

Joint public royal duties have been scant for the couple as Kate, 33, is still largely based at home, attending to baby Princess Charlotte, who’s not yet four months old, and 2-year-old Prince George. And William has spent the summer settling into a new job as an air ambulance pilot that is his main employment.

Moreover, they missed their window last spring with the impending birth of Charlotte, which limited Kate’s travel options. (Though William did make a successful solo tour to China and Japan in March before his daughter’s birth on May 2.)

When the royals travel, they normally do so at the suggestion of the British Foreign Office, so there will be a consideration of the government to take into account too.

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Mirroring William’s parents, who took him to Australia and New Zealand when he was a baby, the royal couple brought a then 9-month-old George along with them to the same countries, touching down in New Zealand in April 2014.

At the time, the new parents wanted to take their firstborn because of George’s age and the distance from home. It’s now believed that the couple is unlikely to be heading to somewhere as far away and that the duration will be shorter than the three-week tour of 2014 – making it easier to leave the kids for a spell.

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