Canadian royal-watchers are happy that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, (William and Kate to most of us), have chosen Canada for their first royal tour. They will be arriving on June 30 in Ottawa, and there will be a youth barbecue and reception that night in the garden of Rideau Hall, the Governor General of Canada's residence. On Canada Day, up to 500,000 people are expected to go to Parliament Hill to see the couple. This year's Canada Day is also the day that the Duke of Cambridge's mother, Diana, would have turned 50. Here is a clip from Canada Day on Parliament Hill last year, when 100,000 people turned out to see the Queen:
Before the noon festivities on Canada Day, the royal couple will be visiting the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec for a citizenship ceremony. On the way there, the royal couple will see the stunning National Gallery of Canada, designed by Canadian architect Moshe Safdie.
Everybody will be photographing the Duchess of Cambridge's outfits, and as a fashion icon herself, she may be interested in reading Fashion: a Canadian Perspective. The Duchess also enjoys spending time at the other end of the lens, and she might like Photography for the Joy of It by renowned Canadian photographer Freeman Patterson. Please click on all titles for more information.
On July 2, the royal couple will be flying to Montreal and will be attending a cooking workshop at the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec. Ricardo, one of Quebec's most famous chefs, was once a student at the school.
It has been reported that one of the Duchess's favourite children's books was Anne of Green Gables, and on July 4 the royal couple will be going to Prince Edward Island. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site, featured in the Anne of Green Gables film starring Megan Follows. There they will be sampling the best of cuisine from Prince Edward Island. July 5 will be spent in the Northwest Territories, July 6 is a day for themselves, and July 7 and 8 will be spent in Calgary.