Royal newly weds to visit Canada
It is a little over a month since much of the world watched the Royal Wedding of Prince William to his partner Kate Middleton. Love 'em or loathe them you have to admit the Royals know how to do pageant. William may have said that his wedding was going to be low key compared to those of other royals in the past but there was still plenty of pomp and ceremony.
The newly weds waited a short time before spending a fairly quiet honeymoon away from the eyes of the world. Now it is back to business and the pairs day job. Much of the work of the Royals is visiting other nations across the world and in doing so publicising the family.
Canada has past ties with the UK and the old British Empire but not all Canadians will be over the moon to read that the Duke and Duchess or Cambridge are to visit their land. As 2011 rolls forward into June, it seems that the Royal couple are to spend some time in Canada, as Canada celebrates its creation.
This is what has been revealed of the itinerary so far.
My on-line Canadian buddy, Hubber Albertacowpoke, kindly sent me details of this Royal visit.
The newly wed's visit to Canada will take in seven cities. This will include a visit to Ottawa for the Canada Day celebrations and Calgary for the Stampede.
The visit begins June 30th 2011. The visit is scheduled to last for nine days and will also take in Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Summerside, P.E.I., and Yellowknife. Quite a large area to cover then.
The nine day tour of Canada is William and Kate's first big tour as a married couple. Canada's heritage minster was clearly over the moon when he issued a statement that read, "This will be the couple's first international tour as a married couple and we are delighted that they have chosen Canada as their destination of choice. Their decision to come to Canada first is a testament to our country's very close relationship with the royal family. Royal tours are opportunities for all Canadians to take pride in our institutions, our history and indeed, in our traditions."
The happy couple's tour is due to begin in Ottawa. Here they are going to join Canada's Prime Minster Stephen Harper and thousands of Canadians as the celebrations get underway. This will be the Canada Day noon show on Parliament Hill and Canadians will be celebrating Canada's 144th birthday, Still such a young country, in the great scheme of things. Perhaps this is why Canada seems so much less jaded than many other, older countries. Perhaps it will find its place of the world stage this century. After all, each supreme country has its day.
Such royal tours are always costly but, compared to past Royal tours, this one is said to be fairly modest. However, Royal visists do attract publicity and tourists which could offset some of the costs. The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently the most popular of the Uk royals. I doubt this will change in the next few weeks.
Best wishes to Canada as it prepares for its celebrations.