AN official trip to Europe in April will allow the Governor, Mr Chris Patten, and his wife, Lavender, to visit their two eldest daughters in Britain. Mr Patten will embark on two trips over the next two months, combining his first official visit to Brussels with meetings in London following a visit to Japan next month. A third trip, which would take him to Washington, is in the initial planning stages, but a government spokesman said it was likely to happen in May, when China's Most Favoured Nation trading status comes under review. Details of the trips and the appointments were still being finalised, but a government spokesman yesterday said it was likely that Mrs Patten would accompany the Governor to Europe and take the opportunity to visit their daughters, Kate, 19, and Laura, 18, at school in England. Mr Patten will be in Japan from March 4-6, accompanied by two staff members, to develop Hongkong's economic and trade interests, and appointments are being lined up with Japanese economic and financial ministers as well as government officials. Mr Patten will address the ninth annual meeting of the United Kingdom-Japan 2000 Group - a private bilateral forum of businessmen, academics, industrialists and financiers - on Hongkong's place in the Asia-Pacific region. The spokesman said Mr Patten would talk about the territory's role in the region in providing economic interaction through its trading links in Southeast Asia, as well as on China and Japan, and later lead the discussion on a special session of the meeting. It will be the first time Hongkong has been featured so prominently on the group's agenda. Mr Patten will also meet bankers and business leaders with special interests and investments in the territory at an informal luncheon, expected to attract about 30 people, before returning to Hongkong. On his second trip, Mr Patten, accompanied by three staff and his wife, will visit Brussels from April 1-2 to establish personal contact with senior officials in the European Commission. He will emphasise Hongkong's bilateral and economic relations with Europe and the trading opportunities in the region. The Governor will also meet members of the Belgian Government and address the Centre for European Policy Studies on Hongkong in the lead-up to 1997 and beyond. Mr Patten will then travel to London on April 2, where he is likely to meet the Prime Minister, Mr John Major, as well as the Foreign Secretary, Mr Douglas Hurd, and the Minister with Special Responsibility for Hongkong, Mr Alastair Goodlad. He is expected to take a short break and return to Hongkong after Easter.