The Duchess of Cambridge is to make her first official solo trip abroad.

Kate will travel to Malta on September 20 and 21 to represent the Queen as the Mediterranean island celebrates 50 years of independence.

Kensington Palace said f urther details will be announced in due course.

Kensington Palace said that Prince George, who celebrates his first birthday tomorrow, will not be going as his mother will only have to spend one night away from home.