Britain’s newest royal couple head to Canada and the U.S. this July
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his new wife, Duchess Catherine Middleton, are preparing to embark on their first royal visit to North America as a married couple. They will first travel to Canada to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, ABC News reports.
Canada Day celebrates the unification of Canada and the royal couple will join in the festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, that include a parade and a citizenship parade. Many people who are living abroad will send money to Canada so their families can attend the celebrations and catch a glimpse of the royal figureheads.
In Quebec, Montreal, the Duke and Duchess will share Sunday worship with the crew of the HMCS Montreal, a Canadian naval vessel. Prince William will also showcase his piloting skills with a helicopter landing demonstration, according to The Associated Press.
Their next stop will be at the Prince Edward Islands, where Prince William will showcase his piloting skills with a helicopter landing demonstration, according to The Associated Press. The Duchess’s favorite book, Anne of Green Gables, is set on the Islands, so the couple may take a tour of the house in Cavendish that author Lucy Maud Montgomery used for inspiration when she was writing the book.
The Duchess of Cambridge may have roots in Canada, according to the Toronto Star. They recently uncovered records that show that Middleton’s grandfather lived in Alberta while he was serving in the Royal Air Force. Peter Middleton, who passed away this year, was an instructor at a flight school in Calgary during the Second World War.
“It would be just spectacular if they actually stopped by and visited us and had a chance for her to be in a place where her grandfather very well may have been,” Brenda Blair, the liaison for the Aero Space Museum in Calgary, told the news source.
When they reach Calgary, the couple plans to visit the airfield where the Duchess’s grandfather was stationed. Prince William and Catherine are also planning to attend the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo show and festival that has been held since 1886, before they bid farewell to Canada and head to the United States. Canadian citizens who are working in other countries will send remittances home to their families so they can attend the rodeo and see Prince William lend a hand in the chuckwagon competition.
The Vancouver Sun states that the Prince and his bride will also take part in the festival’s parade to continue the tradition of British royal visits to Calgary. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, enjoyed similar events during their visit to Canada in 1951.
“The royals are the ones that asked to be able to participate and see some of our iconic Western events, and, in fact, were very keen to see what rodeo is all about,” Michael Casey, the president of Calgary Stampede, told the news source.
When the couple leaves Canada on July 8, they will fly to southern California to host a charity event at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. VIP tickets for the event cost approximately $4,000, and include a three-course meal and the opportunity to watch Prince William play in a charity game of polo.
The benevolent newlyweds solidified their commitment to charity as they raised more than $1.6 million on their wedding day, and the California-based event has already raised more than $4.4 million from sales of more than 1,000 VIP passes and about 400 general admission tickets, the Associated Press reports.