Newly wed royals to visit seven Canadian cities, including Calgary during Stampede
CALGARY -- Prince William and Kate's visit to Canada will include Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa and a stop in Calgary on the first day of the Stampede.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also stop in Montreal, Quebec City, Yellowknife, Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I.
The tour, the first official overseas trip for the newlyweds, is to begin June 30 and conclude July 8.
The duchess is reportedly a fan of the book "Anne of Green Gables,'' which is set in Prince Edward Island and written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
The tour is to end in Calgary on the same day that the world-famous rodeo kicks off with a parade.
William and Kate were married in Westminster Abbey on April 29.
"Canadians hold the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in very high esteem and look forward to welcoming them as they embark on their first official royal tour as newlyweds,'' Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a release.
"The couple's decision to visit Canada first is a testament to our country's close relationship with the Crown and Royal Family, and an opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our traditions, history, and institutions.''
This will be the third time Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne, has toured Canada. It will be Kate's first visit.
The royal couple's plans include:
-- Ottawa and region from June 30 to July 2.
-- Montreal July 2.
-- Quebec City July 3.
-- Charlottetown July 3-4.
-- Summerside July 4.
-- Yellowknife July 4-6.
-- Calgary July 6-8.
The government says a full itinerary is being developed with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal partners and private organizations. It will be released at a later date.
The trip to Canada is to be followed by a stop in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
Harper invited the couple to Canada after they announced their engagement last November.
Royal watchers are already pegging the tour as a major test for the new bride. British tabloids have reported that aides are aware that she and William will be under the microscope and are planning the trip carefully.
One British news organization has reported that she has agreed to do one event in Canada without her husband.
Taxpayers will pay for the tour, but the government says the money has already been set aside as part of the regular budget for VIP visits.
William and Kate's tour will come only two months after their wedding. His father and mother, Prince Charles and Diana, waited two years before visiting Canada. It was their second official tour as a married couple and followed a trip to Australia and New Zealand.