William and Kate are set to break tradition by not taking a large entourage with them on their trips to Canada and California. A source said, 'Kate is very low maintenance'. She does not plan to have a lady-in-waiting and William prefers to get dressed without the assistance of an aide. Prince Charles famously depended on an aide to squeeze his toothpaste. However, William and Kate are keen to be seen as a 'normal couple'. Kate did her own make up for her wedding and feels confident doing it on tour. According to reports they have cut down the number of staff they are taking with them to ten. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip usually travel with a team of thirty.
Even though Kate will need to change outfits at least twice a day, she may not take a stylist with her. She has notified her hairdresser James Pryce he may be accompanying them. Others expected to travel are William's engagement secretary, Thea Garwood, the couple's press secretary Miguel Head and the couple's senior advisor, former U.S. ambassador Sir David Manning. A source said, 'There's very little Sir David doesn't know, William depends on him and Kate will find him valuable'. It will certainly be very exciting to see the couple tour Canada and California. I expect they shall receive a warm response. It's also Kate's chance to shine in terms of becoming a true style icon!