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Royal Tour of Canada and North America 2011

Updated on December 8, 2012
Flowers for the Duchess as the pair arrive at the airport in Charlottetown
Flowers for the Duchess as the pair arrive at the airport in Charlottetown | Source

Prince William and Catherine, Kate, Middleton married on April 29, 2011. They are now officially called the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. For now, at least, they remain Wills and Kate.

The couple touched down on Canadian soil on June 30, 2011 for a 9 day tour of Canada followed by a 3 day tour of the US.

It is July 4 now and to date the tour has been a great success. Of course not everyone is over the moon to have a constitutional link to the British Monarchy. French-Canadian separatists in Quebec have already staged a protest. They may have been kept well away from the Royal Couple but the press have picked up on it.

So what have "Wills and Kate" been up to so far?

Stunning in red and white
Stunning in red and white

"Will and Kate" touched down in Canada a day before Canadians were to celebrate their country's 144th birthday. Perfect timing for a huge birthday bash. Time to recover from the flight before the day's festivities began.

July 1, 2011, included Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, official welcome speech making, fireworks and more. It is safe to say that the thousands who turned out to join the celebrations looked more than happy with their royal visitors.

Of course the star of the show was the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge.

Dressed for the occasion, with a touch of humour in her hat, she looked elegant as always. Her red hat had more than a nodding respect for the Canadian Maple Leaf symbol. Somehow Catherine always manages to look formal and elegant whilst retaining a fresh charm that has a relaxed, "ordinary" sort of feel to it. Kate had a distinct advantage being a brunette as her colouring perfectly suited Canada's red and white colours.

Quebec protests

The Duke and Duchess got their hands dirty planting a tree. Well hardly. They ceremoniously added a couple of shovels full of earth at the royal grove area of Rideau Hall. This has been a tradition for visiting royals since the early 1800s. The pair planted a Canadian Hemlock tree. A visit to the Canadian War Museum followed with an afternoon departure from Ottawa. Next stop Montreal. A brief visit here ended with a firework display as Will and Kate headed off for an overnight trip down the St Lawrence River to Quebec City.

In Quebec though not everyone was ecstatic to see the pair. The protests were relatively small but they were there.

Catherine makes a new pal
Catherine makes a new pal | Source

Today is the Fourth of July, Happy Independence Day to those in the USA. So what will " Will and Kate" be up to north of your border in Canada?

The royal couple arrive in Prince Edward Island late yesterday afternoon, landing at Charlottetown Airport.

July 4, 2011 has a busy schedule.

There will be no slacking for William. He is set to spend a rip roaring day in Prince Edward Island, during which time he will co-pilot a Sea King helicopter in an emergency water-landing exercise. The Duke should be used to such activities due to his search and rescue work in the UK. However, he may find that things are done differently in Canada.

Later in the day both Kate and William are to spend an active time competing against each other in a Dragon boat race. The race will be across Dalvay Lake and will feature professional racers and Island athletes also. Kate will be in one boat and William in the other. Wonder if he will let her win?

According to sources though Kate is no novice at Dragon racing. She undertook training in 2007. Kate has confessed that both she and William are extremely competitive so it could be a battle to the end.

Other events today include,

  • A traditional Mi'kmaq smudging ceremony.
  • Performances celebrating the Island's, aboriginal, Acadian and Celtic cultures.
  • A performance by Anne and Matthew from Anne of Green Gables: The Musical.
  • A coast guard demonstration in Summerside

If all goes to schedule William and Catherine will leave from Summerside airport around 5.30pm local time.The airport will be open for those wanting to wish the couple Bon Voyage.

The tour continues and updates will follow.


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    • ethel smith profile image

      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I am sure they did. I am not really a royalist but wish them well

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      They are a beautiful couple and Kate has certainly brought positive attention to the monarchy. Nice job on this hub. Their tour of the U.S. brought equal news attention. Hope that they as newlyweds enjoyed the experience.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hahah Thanks Sweetie. It was a virtual tour

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      This is a very lovely couple. God bless them. It must have took you a long long time to follow them around canada. Gr8 hub voting it up.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for all the great comments. Looks we have all given this young coupl the thunbs up sign :)

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi ethel very well written and interesting hub,which made it a very enjoyable read !

      Beautiful and vote up !!!

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      Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I was home all yesterday so watched the coverage of them in PEI, the dragon boat was fun to watch.

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      albertacowpoke 6 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      Kate and Will are in Yellowknife now. The day turned out to be a rainy one. Today they will meet members of the Northwest Territories Youth Parliament. They will also play some ball hockey or at least see a demo.

      As far as the dragon race went, Will's boat beat Kate's by a nose.

      There is also a good chance that Slave Lake n the agenda before the couple heads to Calgary, for the opening of the Calgary Stampede.

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I think they are a gorgeous couple and the fact that Wills is a working man with the Guard is a fantastic tribute to him!

      I hope all goes well and nothing from the past bothers them

      great read Ethel! thank you!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much ethel for this great hub.

      They are such a geat couple and I would say so very suited.

      Kate I would say has a look of Princess Diana about her and this can only be good. I wish them all the best in the years to come.

      Thank you again for sharing this one.

      Take care


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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      They are so charismatic

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Prasetio, looks they are having a ball

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... you have done a great job about Wills and Kate tour in Canada. Thanks for share with us. Vote it up!