The itinerary for William and Kate's first Royal tour has been officially announced including an hourly schedule including detailed information regarding their trip to Canada and California. On the official Royal tour website, The Duke of Cambridge left a message 'Catherine and I are very much looking forward to our tour of Canada. We hope to be able to meet as many people as possible and to see as much of the extraordinary and diverse country as we can. I have wonderful memories from my last times in Canada, and as such we consider it a great privilege to have been invited to Canada for our first joint tour'.
It seems the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are clearly very excited about this tour. For fans of Kate's style we will all be eager to see what designers/styles/colours she chooses. Will she recycle old favourites? Will she wear more McQueen and Issa? I think we will see Kate honour British fashion while staying true to her signature elegant style. As you will see the itinerary is very interesting and the couple's schedule is full!
Thursday June 30 Ottawa, Canada
2.00: William and Kate will arrive at the Canada reception centre in Ottawa, MacDonald Cartier International Airport where they will be welcomed and greeted.
2.35: The couple will attend their first public event laying a wreath at the National War Memorial. They will pay their respects to Canadians who lose their lives in the name of peace and freedom.
|National War Memorial Ottawa|
3.15.: The Official welcoming ceremony will take place at Rideau Hall, The governor general and the prime minister will officially welcome their Royal highness's. The event will include a 21 gun salute. I think this event will be the beginning of Kate expressing her sense of style for the tour. She will most likely choose a formal dress or suit.
6.00.: The royal couple will attend the Celebration of Youth Barbecue reception.
Friday, July 1 Canada day!
10.30 a.m.: William and Kate will partake in the Canada day celebrations beginning with the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation.
12.05: Canada Day Parliament Hill Noon Show: William and Kate will join millions of Canadians celebrating Canada's 144th birthday. This will be a laid back affair for the couple giving them the chance to interact with people and enjoy the day. They will be treated to full military honours, a 21 gun salute and a fly past by the Canadian forces CF-18s and snowbirds.
Saturday July 2 National Capital Region and Montréal Quebec
12.40: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue the great Canadian tradition of planting a tree in the Royal Grove area at Rideau hall commemorating the Royal tour.
1.10: Reception with Canadian veterans and their families at the Canadian war museum.
3.50: The couple will arrive at the Montréal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.
4.15: William and Kate will visit Sainte Justine University Hospital Centre, the largest mother/child centre in Canada. This will be an important visit for Kate. People will be eager to see how she interacts with patients and if she displays the affectionate warmth that Princess Diana did.
5.45: The couple will be treated to an experience in tourism and hospitality at a cooking workshop at the Institut de Tourisme et d'hotelliere du Québec.
9.55: After a very hectic day, William and Kate will depart for Québec city on boards HMCS Montréal.
Sunday July 3 Québec City, Quebec
Monday July 4 Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Province House, the second oldest active legislature building in Canada, to highlight the important role it and Great
George Street played in Confederation
12.35:His Royal Highness highlights the innovative contributions made by Canada’s military to the training of search and rescue pilots by participating in a training session for the “waterbird” emergency landing procedure in a Sea King helicopter at Dalvay-by-the-Sea. This engagment is very close to William's heart. As a pilot with the RAF he would have immense respect for pilots.
|1.45:||In one of Canada’s unique National Parks, Their Royal Highnesses learn about the Aboriginal, Acadian and Celtic cultural and culinary traditions of Prince Edward Island.|
|3:55||Highlighting the active role the Canadian Coast Guard and Prince Edward Island take in Maritime safety and their contribution to the national effort in navigation, icebreaking, and environmental response.|
During this day William and Kate will each steer their own boat in a dragon boat race! There amy be some friendly competition between the Royals!
|7:40||The 2011 Royal Tour of the Northwest Territories begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at Yellowknife Airport|
Tuesday July 5 Yellowknife, Northwest territories
The 2011 Royal Tour of Alberta begins with the arrival The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Calgary International Airport taking part in the White Hat Ceremony – a long-standing tradition in Calgary and a symbol of Western hospitality.
At the University of Calgary W21C Research and Innovation Centre, Their Royal Highnesses attend a presentation on cutting-edge health research and innovation taking place in Calgary and what lays ahead for future health research in Canada.
|7:25:||Government of Canada Reception at BMO Centre|
On the last evening of their tour, William and Kate are guests of honour at a reception where the Prime Minister expresses his gratitude for their support and presents a gift from the Government of Canada. Kate will no doubt choose a stunning gown for this event. I hope to see something similar to the rose sequined Jenny Packham gown she wore to the ARK gala dinner.
Friday July 8 Calgary, Alberta
Reception hosted by the Alberta Government
At the ENMAX Conservatory at the Calgary Zoo, Their Royal Highnesses witness Alberta’s significant contribution and commitment to research and development in science and technology.
|12:45:||Official Departure Ceremony from Canada and Alberta|
The Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and the Premier of Alberta bid farewell to Their Royal Highnesses at the Official Departure Ceremony complete with full military honours, a 21-gun salute, inspection of the Guard of Honour by His Royal Highness. At this point the couple will set off for their brief visit to California having enjoyed the hospitality and sights of Canada!