St James Palace snuck out the details of William and Kate’s upcoming trip to Canada and the USA on Monday (a holiday in the UK).
They have a pretty packed trip ahead of them – covering over 17,000 miles of North America.
Some trip highlights include participating in Canada Day celebrations, visiting Anne of Green Gables country (Prince Edward Island) and visiting a rodeo.
Here’s a breakdown of the Will and Kate Canada Itinerary:
- the National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Quebec) from June 30 to July 2;
- Montréal, Quebec, on July 2;
- Québec City, Quebec, on July 3;
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from July 3 to July 4;
- Summerside, Prince Edward Island, on July 4;
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from July 4 to July 6; and
- Calgary, Alberta, from July 6 to July 8
The theme of the Royal Tour is “Moving Forward Together.” As this will be an official State Visit – Canada will be footing the bill for the Canadian portion of the trip.
On July 8th, they’ll head to California for a 3 day visit to the USA in the Los Angeles area. No word yet on the itinerary for the US portion of their trip. The good news is that they’re scaling back plans to meet loads of celebrities and keep it focused on work.
Official Statement from St James Palace:
The 2011 Royal Tour of Canada by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give the Royal Couple the opportunity to visit every region of the country—east, centre, west, and north—on their first official tour as a married couple. It will enable them to meet as many Canadians as possible and, in the process, come to know Canada even better. It is hoped that, upon their departure, they will come to regard Canada as their second home—a term of endearment often used by The Queen to describe her special bond of affection for and pride in this country, which has developed over many years since her first tour of Canada as a princess in 1951 at the age of 25.
The planned events of the Royal Tour will highlight the ‘Canadian Continuum’ by focusing on a unique combination of what Canadians have accomplished together (the past), how Canadians define themselves through active service (the present) and why Canadians will continue to strive to attain other goals and aspirations (the future). Just as the Royal Couple reflect the generational continuum and vitality of the Canadian Crown, the various events will include those who have built the country (for example, seniors, veterans, and community leaders); serve to reinforce shared values (such as volunteers, artists, and the military); and even now prepare for the many challenges and promises of the future (youth).
The tour will also serve to reinforce the significant milestones already celebrated by Canadians and usher in Canada’s future milestones, moving toward the 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017.
Stay tuned to Anglotopia for the latest coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first official tour.