William to take Kate on first official tour to Canada - a country 'close to his family's heart'

16 FEBRUARY 2011

It has been confirmed that Prince William and Kate Middleton will travel to Canada for their first overseas tour as a married couple.

The trip will take place from June 30 to July 8, this year.

A spokesman for St James's Palace said: "Prince William was pleased to accept an invitation on his and Miss Middleton's behalf from the government of Canada.

"He was keen to be able to visit Canada for himself as an adult, and to be able to show his wife a country that is close to his family's heart."

 

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During their two week tour of the Commonwealth Nation, the couple will visit Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the capital, Ottawa.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has expressed his delight at the news adding that the trip "is a testament" to the country's "very close relationship with the royal family."

William, 28, and Kate, 29, will marry at Westminster Abbey on April 29.

It is believed the Prince and his royal bride-to-be will take part in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1.

 

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The Canadian PM, who is likely to host an official banquet in their honour, said he hoped their tour would be "the start of a lasting relationship with Canada by the royal couple.

"Canada looks forward to welcoming the young couple this summer and providing them with all that our country has to offer - including, of course, the special hospitality and warmth reserved for members of the royal family," he said.

William visited Vancouver aged 15 in 1998 with his father the Prince of Wales and brother Prince Harry and received a rock star welcome.

The Queen visited Canada last July, and in 2009, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall spent 11 days there.  

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