The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Canada on September 24th, kicking off their royal tour in Victoria, BC. While Canada has played host to the royal couple before (in 2011), what’s creating buzz around this trip is the confirmation they will be bringing their kids! Yup, you will get a chance to see adorable Prince George who is 3 years old and his baby sister, Princess Charlotte who will be 16 months old. While Prince George has already made an official royal tour, this will be the first time Princess Charlotte will accompany her parents.
“The fact that’s where they’ve chosen to take their daughter for the first time outside their humble abode, that’s pretty special,” said Monique Goffinet Miller, chairwoman of the Victoria branch of the Monarchist League of Canada. Can you blame them? Canada is an amazing country to visit with tons of breathtaking scenery!
Kensington Palace just released their itinerary and it is jam packed. I’m not sure if the kids will accompany them for every function but I do know the children will attend a children’s tea party that will be held at Government House. Want to see the royals in person? Here’s the detailed day-by-day breakdown:
Sat Sept 24 (Victoria): The royals will attend an official welcome ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of B.C. They will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph to honour the Canadian military and will be given a 21-gun salute.
Sun Sept 25 (Vancouver): The couple will meet with dignitaries and the public at the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre and Jack Poole Plaza. They will get a tour of Sheway pregnancy health centre, and the Immigration Services Society. Next they will meet with Canadian youth at the Telus Gardens and then meet with first-responders at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.
Mon Sept 26 (Bella Bella): The kids will join William and Kate to visit Bella Bella which is a small First Nation community on the east coast of Campbell Island. After that they will get an aerial tour of the Great Bear Rainforest, which is the largest temperate rainforest in the world and home to a sub-species of black bears. They will then take a boat tour of McLoughlin Bay before returning back to Victoria to attend a reception hosted by the province.
Tues Sept 27 (Kelowna): The royals will celebrate the 100th anniversary celebration of The University of British Columbia at the Okanagan campus and take in a women’s volleyball game. They will then enjoy A Taste of British Columbia where they will get to experience BC’s seafood at Mission Hill Family Estate before flying out to Whitehorse, Yukon. There the family will visit the Canadian and Junior Rangers and visit the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre to learn about local First Nations art.
Wed Sept 28 (Whitehorse): The family will visit the MacBride Museum in downtown Whitehorse to learn about Yukon history and then touring the Youth Art Festival. After that, it’s off to visit Carcross, a traditional First Nation territory and later, a meeting with young mountain bikers in a biking demonstration on Montana Mountain.
Thurs Sept 29 (Victoria): We are likely to see a bit more of the royal children as the royal family is scheduled to attend a children’s tea party at Government House for the children of families serving in the Canadian military. The rest of the day will be private time for the family.
Fri Sept 30: The family will take in a canoe trip in Haida Gwaii, formally known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, where they will visit heritage museums and hospitals. Next is a boat ride and fishing trip with youth from Skidegate Youth Centre.
Sat Oct 1 (Victoria): The royals will visit a family shelter and then meet with members of Kelty Mental Health Resources Centre in a downtown care. Their trip will end on a tall-ship sailing trip and they will depart from the Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released this statement: “This Royal Tour, the second undertaken by Their Royal Highnesses to Canada, also presents a unique opportunity for Canadians of all backgrounds to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and learn more about our heritage, traditions, and institutions.”
In total, the royals will be taking part in over 30 engagements and based on past royal tours, this visit will likely boost the local economy and attract tourism dollars. With the entire family coming to Canada, I’m expecting a lot of international press coverage of Canada in the next few weeks which will be nice to showcase lesser known parts of Canada to the world. Of course, there will be many eyes on what Kate will wear on this tour—hopefully she takes advantage of our talented Canadian designers and supports their collections. Hey we may not have a fashion week anymore but at least we have Kate 🙂
Are you interested in the upcoming royal tour? How about if they tossed in a certain eligible prince? 😉