Monday, 12 September 2016

Tour Itinerary: George & Charlotte Confirmed & "A Chance to Deepen Their Relationship" with Canada

What better way to start the week than with official confirmation Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be accompanying their parents on the tour of Canada? Whilst it was very much expected this was the case, it's great to have confirmation from the Palace. The news came with release of the Cambridges' full itinerary for their week-long tour of British Columbia and Yukon from 24 September - 1 October. It's been described as a "casual" tour full outdoorsy events, charity visits and opportunities to meet locals. It's also a packed one, with over thirty engagements planned for the week.  The Palace described the visit as "a chance for the Duke and Duchess to deepen their relationship with a country that they will visit many times over the course of their lives. They want to help the people of British Columbia and Yukon to celebrate what makes Canada great and to showcase some amazing places to the rest of the world".

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

More from the official press release:

'The Duke and Duchess consider it an honour to be visiting Canada – the largest Commonwealth Realm – in the year of the Queen's 90th birthday. British Columbia and Yukon are among the most beautiful places in the world and home to many indigenous communities. The tour will see them take in everything from the bustling global city of Vancouver – population 2.5 million - to the remote and beautiful Bella Bella, home to less than 2,000 people. Along the way they will meet as many Canadians as possible, and will help celebrate Canada's First Nations communities, its arts and culture, pristine and beautiful environment, and its compassionate and innovative charitable sector. 
This visit is a chance for the Duke and Duchess to deepen their relationship with a country that they will visit many times over the course of their lives.'

Discussing William and Kate's decision to bring the children: "They have received so many wonderful messages from Canadians since the birth of their children and look forward to having the chance to introduce their young family to the country."


How many times can we expect to see George and Charlotte? Rebecca English reports up to four times including arrival, departure, a children's tea party on the 29th, and possibly one more.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

The Mirror's Victoria Murphy wrote the following on the children's inclusion on this tour:

'Dubbed the "Republican Slayer" on his trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2014, George is back with his sidekick little sister on a visit that is likely to leave Canadian republicans with their heads in their hands. Let's not forget, as things stand, George will one day follow in his great-granny's footsteps to be Canada's Head of State.
It may strike some as a bizarre set-up in the modern world that a country would want a foreign monarch living 4,000 miles away as its King or Queen. But that is the system that Canada and another 14 Commonwealth Realms worldwide have and, while many have made noises about changing it, all have yet to do so. The stock answer you will get from Buckingham Palace on such matters is that changing their Head of State is “a matter for the people of” whatever country your enquiry relates to.
But it is naïve to think that behind-the-scenes there are not discussions being had about how best to serve the realms to keep them on side. Recent polling shows that while support for the Queen in Canada is pretty high, with 64% wanting her to continue as Head of State, only 46% of people there want Charles to become King. As in many Commonwealth Realms, it looks likely that republican sentiments will be reignited when the Queen's reign comes to an end.'

Readers will recall nine-month-old George stole the show during the Australia/New Zealand tour in 2014 at events such as a playdate at Government House and a memorable visit to Taronga Zoo.


The family will travel with a staff of 12, plus a team of Scotland Yard security guards. This will include Nanny Maria, four press officers including communications secretary Jason Knauf. William and Kate's private secretaries Miguel Head and Rebecca Deacon will be on hand, as well as Kate's hairdresser Amanda Cook-Tucker, a tour secretary, operations manager and a PA, likely the newly engaged Natasha Archer. Sir David Manning, who serves as a mentor/advisor to the young royals, will not be travelling on this tour. Below we see Amanda, assistant Sophie Agnew and Natasha on the Tiger's Nest hike during the India/Bhutan tour.


Let's take a look at the itinerary and see what's planned for the week. CBC News shared this map detailing the various locations William and Kate will visit.


Saturday, 24 September

The Cambridges will arrive in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia on the afternoon of Saturday, 24 September. The family will travel with the Royal Canadian Air Force and be greeted at Victoria Airport before moving to Government House - which will serve as their base throughout the tour. George and Charlotte will stay there with Nanny Maria and William and Kate will travel back and forth as their schedule permits.


From there, William and Kate will travel to British Columbia's Parliament Buildings where they will officially begin their tour by paying respects at Victoria's Cenotaph and unveil a new plaque paying tribute to the veterans of Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.


The official welcoming ceremony will then get underway with an honour guard and speeches. Parliament is located right on Victoria's waterfront, and the official welcome will be open to the public. It will give the Duke and Duchess a chance to say hello to the people of Canada just hours after touching down in the country. Following this event William and Kate will return to Government House where they will have meetings with senior Canadian leaders.


Sunday, 25 September

William and Kate will spend their first full day of the tour in Vancouver, visiting several of the city's important organisations. The royals will travel from Victoria to Vancouver by float plane. The Palace noted: "Float planes are the quickest way to travel between the two cities and are one of the real symbols of this part of the world. 


They will land at the harbour in the heart of Vancouver where they will receive a civic welcome in Jack Poole Plaza located by the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. The Plaza is named after the late Jack Poole, who was a key player behind the success of the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics held in Vancouver. This welcome will allow the Duke and Duchess to get an immediate sense of Vancouver's energy and dynamism.


Next, the Cambridges will travel to the Downtown East Side of Vancouver to meet the inspirational team at Sheway, a charity that has achieved remarkable things for mothers who are battling addiction. Where Sheway is located "has been identified as the poorest neighbourhood in Vancouver, if not in Canada. It is known for its sex and drug trade, violence and crime, alcohol and drug use, substandard housing and high rate of HIV-related illness". The Palace added: "The link between addiction and family breakdown is something that has been a major priority of the Duchess's charitable work."

Sheway

From there, they will travel to the Immigration Services Society of British Columbia where they will meet staff and volunteers who support over 25,000 recent migrants to Canada each year, including some of the 30,000 who have arrived in Canada over the last year from UNHCR camps that are supporting those who have fled the war in Syria.

The Duke and Duchess will then attend an event celebrating young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film. The final engagement of the day will see the Duke and Duchess learn more about the first responders who work together to keep Vancouverites safe as they enjoy life in their city. They will visit the Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vanier park and learn about the round the clock operation to support people who get into trouble in the waters that surrounds this coastal city.


Monday, 26 September

Monday promises to be one of the most beautiful days of the tour with the Cambridges travelling to the Great Bear Rainforest - the world's largest temperate rainforest.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

More from the press release:

'I am pleased to say that the Premier of British Columbia has today announced that Great Bear has been named as Canada's commitment to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. Launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, in 2015, the QCC is a unique network of forest conversation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
The QCC present a rare opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats, forests.  By creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation products, the QCC will mark Her Majesty the Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.
Immediately on arrival at Bella Bella airport the Duke and Duchess will transfer to a float plane where they will be given an aerial tour of a section of the vast rainforest. They will then land on the water at Bella Bella's main jetty where they will be ceremoniously welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nations community.'

From there they will be guided by young people through Bella Bella to the community centre where a youth performance will take place. The royals will then travel to nearby Mcloughlin Bay where the rainforest will be officially committed to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy during a brief ceremony. It should be a fantastic day and a memorable one for the Duke and Duchess who will love the opportunity to explore the area.

Wikipedia

The Cambridges will return to Victoria, for a reception hosted by the province of British Columbia at Government House. I would image we'll likely see Kate in a cocktail dress for this one.

Tuesday, 27 September

Tuesday is another busy day on the itinerary. William and Kate will fly to Kelowna, a city in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. They will visit the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. The Duke and Duchess will have a chance to meet with students and the wider community before watching an exhibition match with the campus' nationally ranked women's volleyball team. We know the Duchess is a dab hand when it comes to the game, so perhaps we'll even see her join in for practice.


Next, William and Kate will visit the 'Taste of British Columbia' festival at Mission Hill Winery. The Okanagan region is producing world-class wine, cheese and food, and the Duke and Duchess will have a chance to sample some of the province's best offerings. They will also meet with local young people who are learning about potential careers in food and agriculture.


The royals will then fly to Whitehorse, Yukon. When they arrive in the early evening, they will be greeted by members of the Canadian Rangers, the military branch that provides a presence in the north of the country.  Later that evening they will watch a cultural performance at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. They will stay in Whitehorse overnight.


Wednesday, 28 September

The Duke and Duchess will have a real chance to see the natural beauty of Yukon and to learn about its people. The day will begin with a visit to the MacBride Museum, where they will learn about Yukon's history. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the telegraph office, now part of the museum, in 1959. It's quite special to think almost sixty years later their grandson and his wife are visiting and continuing the tradition.


Next up, the Cambridges will enjoy a colourful and fun party on Main Street, Whitehorse with plenty of arts, music and food. From there, it is thought (although not confirmed) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie will join the couple for the day.


Carcross is a small town of less than 300 people 70 kilometres from Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway. At the Carcross Commons they will have a traditional welcome from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and will be given a tour of the recently completed buildings and public spaces there, and will have the chance to say hello to the local community.


The Duke and Duchess will then travel a short distance to the beautiful Montana Mountain where they will visit what must be one of the world's most picturesque destinations for mountain biking. Afterwards, William and Kate will head back to Whitehorse Airport and back to George and Charlotte in Victoria.

Kensington Palace Twitter

Thursday, 29 September

Thursday is one to mark on your calendars if hoping to see George and Charlotte! They are expected to join their parents for a children's party in the grounds of Government House. A group of military families have been invited to share what looks to be a lovely morning. I imagine it will be something similar to the playdate George attended in New Zealand. I'm very much looking forward to seeing more of the children's personalities, especially Charlotte's, as this will be our first opportunity to 'get to know her'.

Kensington Palace /HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess will spend the remainder of the day privately with the children.

Friday, 30 September

William and Kate will have the privilege of visiting Haida Gwaii, the archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia that is home to the Haida Nation. It is a remote, but very special place. When the couple arrive at Skidegate, they will transfer to a traditional Haida canoe and will help to paddle around to the beach at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum, where they will be officially welcomed. Inside the centre they will be addressed by the President of the Haida Nation and see a cultural performance by around thirty local children.


Next, they will open the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre. Before leaving Haida Gwaii, the Duke and Duchess will join youths from the Skidegate Youth Centre where they will enjoy world-class fishing on the beautiful waters of the Hectate Strate.

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Saturday, 1 October

The final day of the tour is another busy one beginning with a visit to Cridge Centre for the Family – one of Victoria's most well known charitable institutions. The centre provides a range of services, including childcare, youth outreach, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.

The Cridge Centre

The Duke and Duchess will then then visit a local café where they will meet with families that have been supported by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, one of British Columbia's leading mental health charities. The Palace stated: "This focus on signposting and information provision chimes closely with the work that the Duke and Duchess are focusing on along with Prince Harry through their Heads Together campaign."

Then they will board a tall-ship operated by the Sail and Life Training Society, a charity that uses the power of sailing to give young people skills and direction in their lives. Later that afternoon the Duke and Duchess end their tour by taking part in a public official departure ceremony at Victoria Harbour Airport. They will then board a float plane and will have a brief tour of the southern tip of Vancouver Island before departing Canada with the Royal Canadian Air Force.


The itinerary concluded with the following:

'The Duke and Duchess are delighted with the programme that has been put together for this tour. They cannot wait to get to Canada and start learning about new parts of a country that will play such an important part of their lives for many years to come. Can I close by again thanking the Canadian, British Columbian, and Yukon governments for their hard work in designing the tour programme.'

It promises to be another fantastic tour with plenty of memorable moments. There's clearly a focus on meeting people and supporting local organisations in areas the royals are passionate about such as mental health. There are several opportunities for the couple to explore the scenic beauty of the area, and the children's party is a lovely relaxed engagement for George and Charlotte to participate in. What do you think of the schedule?


FYI: The time difference between London and British Columbia is 8 hours.


We'll have a live blog in the hours running up to the beginning of the tour on Saturday, 24 with an assortment of news, tdibits and early shots of the Cambridges arrival. I hope you can join us for the tour; I'm very much looking forward to following it with all of you! Are any of our readers in Canada hoping to see the royals? 

185 comments:

  1. I'm so excited they're going to visit Vanier Park - I go running there all the time. Maybe I'll have to stop by and see them :) All of the other destinations are beautiful as well, they've chosen a great itinerary.

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    1. Do let us know if you see them. It's lovely to see so much excitement building around this tour!

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    2. Oh, I hope you go to see them :)

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  2. thanks for the post Charlotte! I didn't want to ready anyone else Tour Info besides yours! I can't wait for the tour, I also can't wait to see the children! Wouldn't it be nice if Will and Kate had 2 tours like this every year!! I still can't wait for Kate to go on her own solo tour! Thanks again!

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    1. Thank you Emily!

      I would think an increased number of overseas trips is something we'll see from now on. As for a solo trip for Kate, that would be great :)

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    2. I also can't wait for a solo tour :) To bad that the Malta one didn't pan out but there will be more chances :) Great to see another tour this year. Two very different ones as well!

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    3. I don't see Kate doing any solo tours until the children are older. She is a mummy first as they say. And if the rumors are true (ha ha) they want another baby and hope to be pregnant soon. So any tours in 2017 will jot happen. But only time will tell.

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    4. Considering she was gonna do the Malta tour I doubt that would be an issue.

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    5. I agree Emily J, I held off reading about the itinerary anywhere online until the info was available on this blog. A terrific job as always, Charlotte! So looking forward the tour!

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    6. I'm hoping for Malta 2.0, somewhere for a few days by herself...only time will tell.

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    7. Julia from Leominster13 September 2016 at 19:00

      I believe at some point there will be a short solo tour - depending on whether she falls pregnant again - that's in line with what most royal spouses have done.

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    8. I wonder where it would be! Malta was very interesting because of how much it means to the Queen and Philip. Could be anything!

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    9. They might announce a third pregnancy in January or February. They tend to make babies after returning home from these major trips. We might have a baby in August right after Pippa's wedding.

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  3. Oh this is SO EXCITING!!! I have been following their royal highnesses and this blog since their wedding. I live in Victoria, and I live only 3 blocks from Government House, where they will be staying! I will definitely hope to see them a few times and it will be so fun to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte! Thanks for the great blog!

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for reading the blog :)

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    2. Ah, how exciting!! Hope you get to see them!

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    3. How great is that?! Lucky you! :))

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    4. I can hardly believe it! Now, what to wear?!

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    5. So cute, Amy. Honestly, isn't that always one of our first questions?

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  4. Us locals are very excited! I live in Vancouver and it is awesome to see the focus British Columbia is getting in terms of its natural beauty! I am hoping to be in Victoria for arrival and in Vancouver, so I will comment with any tidbits on twitter. Any idea Charlotte what time exactly they are expected to arrive in Victoria?

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    1. Hello Stephanie,

      The itinerary stated in "the afternoon". I expect it's likely more info will become available closer to the time. I noticed CBC News is doing an excellent job in terms of coverage, I'm sure they might have the info over the next number of days.

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    2. Yes, CBC will probably have a live broadcast of the tour like the last time they were in Canada. Looking forward to it!

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    3. It must be so cool to see your own "familiar places" being talked about on the blogs and visited by the royals!! And hope you get to see them!

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    4. The CBC will most likely give extensive coverage during their time here. They always do when the Royals visit. Arrivals and departures of all events and during events if they have access. Also on this tour there will probably be plenty of analysis from various organizations.

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    5. Check news in Victoria said the ceremony on the 24th would be starting around 5pm. Im so exited I just booked the day to go down, hope to get a spot to see them.

      http://www.cheknews.ca/details-royal-visit-victoria-revealed-217710/

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    6. Stephanie,

      Would love to find you at any of the Victoria/Vancouver events events as I will be there too! Feel free to email me at: Berlyann5@aol.com

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  5. What a fab schedule. We were lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in British Columbia and the Yukon this summer, including Bella Bella. I sm sure the Cambridges will be as smitten as we were. So looking forward to seeing the whole family together.

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    1. I agree that it is a great scheduel. The visuals with the nature will be great PR for the country. (The people that complain about that touristy stuff miss the point. During the Bhutan visit I saw sooooo many people saying they put it on their "must visit list" etc. and visiting these touristy things, especially with this particular high profile couple, is exactly within their role of promoting the area!)

      I love all the scenic stuff, but I am also very impressed that they will visit refugees! Good on them! And the center for mothers! And so many other really great engagements. Seems like a very well planned scheduel.

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  6. I'm travelling to Whitehorse from Nova Scotia in hopes of seeing the royals. I'm tremendously excited. Any other readers going to be in Whitehorse during the tour?

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    1. Hope you get to see them :)

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    2. My sisters live in Vancouver and will hopefully get to see them in Vanier park!! I am so jealous!!

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    3. Wow, Haligonian (resident of Halifax?), that will be quite a journey to see the Cambridges! Good luck and travel safely. :-)

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    4. All the way from Nova Scotia? Are you flying? Good luck!

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  7. Thanks for the post, it really looks like a fantastic tour! And packed with interesting events! I can't wait and I'm thrilled for you,Unknown 22:31, Stephanie and all the Canadian readers who may get to see TRH! :)

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  8. I am here in Vancouver and can't wait for them to arrive!!!! My school is right in Vanier Park, so that should be a good opportunity. Thank you Charlotte!!

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    1. Oh, do you know who you're gonna go with or will you go alone? :) Hope you get to see them!

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  9. What a great schedule, it looks like an excellent tour. I went to Vancouver about 10 years ago and fell in love with it and I'm sure they will too. That part of the country is just stunning (The Pacific Northwest of the US is just as amazing too).

    Thanks Charlotte, as always.

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  10. Very exciting tour. It will be fun to "travel along" through Charlotte's delightful blog.

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    1. Likewise, Tedi. It's a great itinerary and G&C will make it even more special. People may have hoped to see more of the little ones, but honestly I think it's fine "as is" given how young they are AND adding unfamiliar surroundings and mixed up sleep schedules to the mix.

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    2. Royalfan you are so correct about the children. It will just be a treat to see them whenever we can. I guess this is more of an outdoors type of tour, so we probably won't see Kate in formal attire, except for that one reception. I hope our Canadian friends have a chance to see them and give us a birds eye view.

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  11. So excited for the tour! kinda feeling as close as we could get but so far away right now! (We live in Fairbanks and drove through Whitehorse on our way here) don't think I will make it over to see them, but so cool that they are coming so close to me! absolutely can't wait for the kids tea party!!

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  12. Thank you Charlotte for so beautifully presenting to us their intinerary, tidbits and photos. Thank you also for providing live coverage of the tour.

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  13. looks like we are exciting time ahead same blog plus the children are nice too looking forward what the kids will do

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  14. I am still in amazement that Michael and Carole were guests of honor at the Queen's castle and that the Queen chauffeured both Kate and Carole.

    And, that Camilla was hosting William, Kate and the children. And as good as that might be for PR, would I want Camilla hosting me AND my family if I were Kate? NO-O-OOOO. I don't trust her and neither should Kate. Hopefully, Kate very much knows that.

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    1. "And, that Camilla was hosting William, Kate and the children. And as good as that might be for PR, would I want Camilla hosting me AND my family if I were Kate? NO-O-OOOO. I don't trust her and neither should Kate."

      Why don't you trust Camilla and why shouldn't Kate? What nefarious thing do you think Camilla is plotting to do?

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    2. "I don't trust [Camilla] and neither should Kate."

      Why?

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    3. Can't believe that you have to ask, lol

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    4. Julia from Leominster13 September 2016 at 19:05

      Camilla behaved in a very conniving way around Diana - insinuating herself and from reports of even balanced books attempting confidences with her. Given that type of conduct and the fact Camilla remains very unpopular and even more ignored - if I were William and Kate - I might stay out of politeness but would treat any suggestions from her cautiously. Her history is not good.

      I suspect the very public drives on this trip had a lot to do with countering the negative publicity about Charles wanting more contact earlier - that doesn't mean those articles didn't contain truth - one thing we learnt from the Diana era is mere press corrections doesn't mean there wasn't a problem - but it does mean the royals are trying to correct something.

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    5. ha ha, 0202,

      Apparently Jessica and 0855 have not been following the "Camilla dialogues" over the years on this blog, nor do they seem to be aware of Camilla's doings in Diana's life. Nonetheless, I understood immediately what you meant and I agree. For example, should Charlotte cry more than once in an afternoon it could be leaked to the media and exaggerated that Charlotte is unruly and undisciplined, etc. Don't worry though, for to William and Kate, two savvy young adults who know Camilla's history, Camilla should hold no threat. And they will protect their children accordingly.

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    6. Jessica and 8:55, I don't know how old you are or how long you've followed the BRF, but if you are aware of her history, then there is no need to ask. On the other hand, if you ARE aware of it and dismiss it, then no reply here will matter. There is so much information all over the internet if you do wish to do your own reading on it... :)

      Julia, well said.

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    7. Well said Julia and Royalfan. Those of us that lived through Diana's time with the firm will never forget it.

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    8. This was an important visit. The most important matter for the Royal Family is that there is a smooth transition of Charles to king. The survival of the monarchy depends on this happening. This visit was a statement that Charles and William and their families get on well enough to spend a week together under the same roof, that the Queen has a good relationship with Kate and that the Middleton family are welcome in the Royal Family. One has to remember that the Queen spent a reasonable amount of time with her mother's family, who proably would not have been good enough if it had been thought at the time of the marriage that her father was remotely likely to become King.
      As for Charles, I think some things were a bit tough for him. He lost his mother and gained a Queen when he was Prince George's age. And then he was the guinea pig in the new age royalty, the first to go to school, and boarding school and he was more sensitive and less resilient as a child than Anne was. He was also the first future King not to have a semi arranged marriage. I have often wondered what would have happened if he had had the courage to tell Dianna exactly what he was offering - a job as queen and mother with great wealth and position, perhaps as a friend and shared partnership but not as a lover. Would Dianna have accepted and would history have changed.
      If one takes out the personal life missteps Prince Charles has achieved quite a lot in his life and has been in lots of ways well ahead of his tme in matters that are now mainstream. His cause was not helped by the fact that he was a nerd in a generation where it was cool to be both flamboyant and outrageous. I think history will judge him well.
      However Camilla is another matter. She has behaved as one would expect from a woman from a family whose women had been mistresses of Royalty. The hell she put her own family through is unforgivable. I don't know that she will be judged well, despite all the effort she is putting in now.
      I think the Royal Family is a good institution for a myriad of reasons and therefore will tolerate but not like Camilla.

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    9. Great comment, alimai.

      I will add that Charles and the Middletons technically (reportedly) did not spend a week under the same roof. The Middletons were at Balmoral while CC came down for a weekend and stayed at Birkhall. Rather than a statement of unity, I think that the pictures were a statement that the Queen supports William and Kate and does not agree of her son's characterization of them.

      I do agree that Charles was dealt a very raw hand early in life. Despite being brought up as a prince I believe that he had far from a happy childhood. If you watch videos of him greeting officials as a 4-5 year old boy what you see is a diffident little person, not confident and not happy. Anne on the other hand seems confident and aware. Phillip's own troubles, the Queen's lack of demonstration, all must have made for a confused little boy who grew up to be a confused adult.

      You raise an important question about arranged marriage - would Diana have accepted it ? My belief is yes, and she would have languished in it. I believe that Diana was in love with CHarles and was looking for love - crazy passionate love. I think that she would have gone on to marry him, regardless, and would have been as desperately unhappy as she ended up being.

      Charles behaved abominably to Diana. He destroyed her. But at the same time, he has done good for a multitude of people. He has always been on a quest for self-improvement and learning, knowledge. He has done well as PoW.

      At the same time, his pettiness and his jealousy, his security - all of this manifests in his press relations. This is what makes him unlikeable and reduces him, in many people's eyes. I personally thought that it was tacky beyond belief to publicly trash the Middletons in the press. The first time those articles came out William retaliated in the press. The second time he kept quiet and got help from granny. Unless Charles lets go of his pettiness he will not regain his son's trust. That much is certain.

      I am in complete agreement about Camilla. I find it puzzling that no one talks about her role as a mother. She was quite selfish and really just appalling - what she did to her children. She seems to be close with her grandchildren now. But the cynical side of me cannot help wonder whether there are ulterior reasons for her son Tom's closeness with her and Charles. After all this man has no qualms whatsoever dropping Charles' name when he needs. His wife is also another story. Now that Camilla is ensconced in a high-status marriage I suppose that it is easy to forgive her sins, eh !! Her sister Annabel who at the same time derided yet sanctioned the affair between C&C is now a benefactor to millions from royal contracts. So at the end of the day, you might say that the marriage helped redeem Camilla in her family's eyes.

      Camilla - I do hope she understands one day, the role she played in the destruction of a marriage. No matter what people say - this was not just to be laid at Charles' door. Camilla was present from day one, and is a master manipulator. History will not judge her kindly, and nor should it.

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    10. I agree with the posters who think this photo op was the Queen's doing, and NOT a matter of HM/C/C putting their heads together to display family unity.

      It's safe to assume that W&K would have visited Scotland and spent time with the Queen anyway, especially ahead of the Canadian tour. The fact that the Middleton's were invited, with Carole sitting in the passenger seat next to the Queen, has to do with HM being supportive of her grandson and his wife. Surely, the Queen sees and must appreciate how good Kate has been for William and how flawlessly she stepped into her role. THIS young family is the future of the BRF. C&C's chapter will be short in comparison, and one that will never be described as popular.

      I believe these photos are the Queen's statement to the public as much as they are to her son and his wife. I am glad that William is smart, has backbone, and a very supportive wife and in-laws. He (they) will need it after the Queen passes. And I pray that she has the QM's genes.

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    11. Regarding Charles' "raw deal"... I don't disagree, but I think there's an irony here... the QM adored and protected him to the point of making him incapable of seeing reality and judging himself fairly. HE could do no wrong, the world revolved around him and, IMO, he believes it. I sometimes think that her influence over him and that of other older women in his life had everything to do with him being attracted to Camilla. Similar to Edward's attraction to and dependence upon Wallis.

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    12. Very nicely out, Alimai, (as usual),

      I see RF's point of view regarding Charle's also and all the mentioned perspectives about him mesh together fairly accurately perhaps.

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    13. Perfectly said Royalfan.

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  15. Thank you so much for this Charlotte!!! I am so excited and looking forward to seeing them in Vancouver and Victoria glad there is public events in both locations and so glad to hear they are bringing their beautiful children! I know they will have a great time in beautiful BC and Yukon can't wait to see them with a spirit bear in the great bear rainforest!!

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  16. Thank you Charlotte, for this wonderful new and informative post. It makes me wish I had time off to go to Canada.

    I wonder who will attract more press for their fashion, Charlotte or Kate! Although, I'm not sure I like attention like that for Charlotte just yet. She'd barely more than one year old.

    I love the tone of the trip, for them to see and do many things outdoors as well as visiting cities and small towns.

    Dare I hope that we might get a picture of Charlotte with Kate as we did with George in the Australia New Zealand tour? I love that picture of him over her shoulder and he looks so happy and content. Or perhaps a photo of Charlotte and George with Kate or both. I'm not picky!

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  17. I live about an hour and a half away from Vancouver, and hope to be down at the Jack Poole plaza to see their arrival! I know, though, that even if I don't get a chance to see them, I will very much enjoy coming here to the blog each day to get the best coverage possible!

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  18. Chic Designer,
    Your time is here; that was a smartly thoughtful style to have included the children's clothes. If chilly and/or it rains, PG's will fit. PC's choice might fir current climate your choice. Still, your choice of boots for PG reminds me of that beautiful brown bear in Canada Charlotte posted in previous posts. Fit for a bear visit? It is going to be an interesting time.

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    1. I was thinking of Charlotte for both outfits, though I've agreed that the fisherman cardigan and Ugg boots would be great on George. I thought that outfit would be good for the chilly Yukon if Charlotte went there, and the red outfit would be suitable for rainy BC. Anyway, thanks for your kind comment, Anon 15! I am very much looking forward to the tour, and I believe I was right when I said Kate might have little need for ball gowns. Some of the suggested long gowns that are less elaborate could be very appropriate for the Victoria reception, however. :-)

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  19. Ok all you Canadians! I'm coming up from Seattle to join in the festivities! I'll be in Victoria (incidentally where I was married 3 yrs ago!) on the 24th, then traveling to Vancouver the morning of the 25th. Planning on taking BC Ferries. I think it'd be fun for those of us there to meet up to greet our gal Kate! Any thoughts?? You're all such a special group - might be fun to comment on the blog as one on the first 2 days of events. Please post if any of you are going to Day 1 and 2 events - would be happy to share my car!

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  20. Ohhhh, I've so been looking forward to this tour, but having seen the itinerary I must admit to feeling a little crestfallen. Float planes, hovercraft, canoes and sailing ships - I can't help thinking that Kate is going to have to spend most of the tour in trousers and her Sebago deck shoes as none of those forms of transport lend themselves to nice dresses and heels! Looks like the only evening engagement is more likely to be a cocktail dress than a full-length gown as well - sigh. I know it's shallow of me, and some of the engagements do look really interesting, but while Kate looks great in casual clothes (for a couple of days on a tour), I just love to see her all dressed up and looking 'princessy'. Here's hoping we still get a bit of that - and at least George and Charlotte are going - yay!

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  21. Another aside,

    In googling photos of Charlotte's christening, as I was looking for photos of George's many expressions, I was astonished to see the intense, intense security that was present around that little church. They in no way showed that at the time. The security was as intense as it was for the Royal wedding. As little George walked from to and from the church with his family, no wonder he had that look of curiosity and concern. It seems from the photos I saw recently that it wasn't the crowds per se that were producing George's hesitation and consternation. It was the security presence. Photos show that that was what he was looking at. There were police personnel positioned at about every six feet or less on either side all along the walkway, coupled by a moving wall of suited, hefty men with communicators.

    Now, when we see looks of hesitation and concern from George or Charlotte at any given event, we have more of an idea why they are acting, or actually reacting, that way.

    God bless little George for handling that as calmly as he did. I was astonished when I saw those photos.

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    1. Brilliant comment. I never considered this.

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    2. Sadly, police and guns will probably not get George confused. You can see in the recent pictures of George waving William and Kate away that there is a police with a machine gun standing just a few feet away from George and Maria. I think it's a normal occurance for him.

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      The photos do show that. wow. There was an army of security there. They did not show that on the day. I remember seeing only a very few there at the time.

      When you think about that though they were guarding the second, third and fourth in succession to the throne and then the first, second, third and fourth after the service. Include the Queen inside the church with them all, and yes, there should have been an army of security there.

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    4. In more than one of the photos George was looking with consternation directly at security.

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    5. That was way more than one officer with a machine gun. It was, as 23:38 said, "an army of security" there. The photos then showed a crowd of people interspersed with a few officers here and there, when in reality it was a crowd of officers interspersed with a small group of people here and there. And, yes, in more than one photo, George was looking directly at the security personnel, in bewilderment. The small area in proportion to the number of security seemed to make that more pronounced to him that day. Because of that, he seemed to be needing reassurance that the family members left at the church were all okay.

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    6. Maybe someone can post a photo of this "army of security"... I'd like to see the image being described. Thank you!

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    7. RF, if I knew how to post those I would but I did give step by step instructions of how to get to those photos in a comment below. There are plenty of the photos you are looking for once you follow the photo trail to get there.

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    8. RF, I see what 15:50 meant.

      Here are a few photos I easily found.

      new stalk.com, "Princess Charlotte Baptized in Sandringham", Ruairi Casey

      stuff.co.nz, "Princess Charlotte Christened in
      First Family Outing"

      I didn't realize either that Sgt. Emma Probert, Kate's PPO, was walking beside her in the path.

      I had seen a video on You Tube with the "moving wall of men" when Charles and Camilla had joined them on the walk, but I haven't found it again, yet. I also saw a couple of photos of George looking in awe at some police officers but haven't found those again yet. If you go into the galleries and want to backtrack to the dozens of photos you have just seen, it instead takes you automatically back to the original photo you started with and each photo has it's own gallery.
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    9. At Newstalk.com, in one photo where they are first on the path to the church, in about a 40 ft. section of walkway, I counted 5 security men in suits, Emma Probert, and 15 uniformed and armed police officers. That's 21 security personnel in only 40 feet or less of territory. And Charles and Camilla, with their security entourage, hadn't even joined them yet.

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    10. I did find one photo at Newstalk.com and, as I commented in another thread, I did not find it to be alarming from George's point of view. He's walking along with a crowd of people watching him, while the officers are standing with their backs to him. WE understand the significance of it; I don't believe a child would. MY opinion... :)

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  22. Love George's expression when shown the bear. What would the caption be in that?

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    1. lol, that photo is ripe for a caption. That expression is so funny.

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    2. I know 00:03, WHERE is Bluhare when you need her? lol

      (seriously, hope everything is okay with you (and your mom) Bluhare. Miss you.)

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  23. Note the "style" of Kate's "style team".

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      Uh, I am not going to critique their outfits because for some reason I find myself really biased against most of their stylistic endeavors. I can't prove it, of course, but I think they have, upon occasion put Kate is some less than attractive outfits and hairstyles, acting more like a group of coffee clatche friends than high profile professionals. (like letting Kate meet the Prime Minister of India in a dress that quite glaringly did not fit Kate properly). I could elaborate but choose to let their sartorial history speak for itself. (Remember all those times we were repeatedly asking ourselves where has Kate's sense of style gone?) I am sure these ladies are very nice and sweet people but I think their talents are not quite up to par for the positions they currently have.

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    3. I understand what you mean 15:41.

      I am glad she has the trio as friends perhaps, if they can be truly called friends as they are actually employees, but to dress Kate better first of all, and more "royally" second of all, as Julia and Ali said, Kate needs to get gifted professionals to truly help her look her awesome best. Get the "Richard Ward of stylists and hair care".

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  24. More details on the Yukon portion of the trip here: http://www.gov.yk.ca/royalvisit2016.html
    Including how to how to live stream the concert Wills and Kate will attend at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre!

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  25. This looks to be a fun trip, but I don't see any formal engagement that would warrant an evening gown. Did I miss something?

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      I agree - I'm not surprised but I find it a pity. The styling posts which include many young people show how keen people are to see a princess in formal dress - I think some of this is coming from William and Kate's team who may not be getting that message - one of the beauties of the British royal family is that they have never been the "bicycle riding" royals of Scandinavia - where ironically, there are a lot more formal events. This doesn't mean that the planned events are wrong - just that a real princess showing (and prince would be welcome - especially in such elegant cities -otherwise William and Kate really just look like a couple of nice young people - with a loss of mystique.

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    2. There will be a reception, hosted by the provincial government (more than likely attended by the Lt. Governor of BC, the Premier of BC and the Prime Minister Trudeau)at Government House where they will be staying. Receptions at Government House are formal, so that would be the occasion for an evening gown :)

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    3. As someone who has met this couple on their previous tour of Canada at a reception, I would say that clothes do not define them as to who they are. When they enter the room, there is definitely a different aura about them. However down to earth they are, in person you know you are meeting someone different. I think we as the public are too intent on placing our imaginations of a princess on Kate. We forget she is a human being with her own tastes and desires. Victoria is an elegant city, but Vancouver is a very modern bustling city. It is an great iitinery and we should value what they showcase instead of it being all about the clothes.

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    4. I love your post! I get so tired of the clothes talk - even though this is part of the reason for this blog and I have commented myself on clothing. However, clothing is really all we have since most of us have never been in their presence. Thank you for your account of what it is like to see them in person. There's so much more to them than fashion and it is great when people realize that. These two people could change the world for the better! :)

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    5. Julia from Leominster14 September 2016 at 18:09

      Yes, but 99% of the world including the majority of Canadians will never have this experience of meeting them but will judge the tour based on photos - the most iconic photo of her first tour - the one everyone remembers is Kate in her mauve gown in Los Angles. Many would strain to remember her purple cocktail dress.

      Kate and William are prince and princess by profession - look at what's listed on their children's birth certificate. their own "tastes and desires" are a small part of the equation. How many of us wore courts to work - and still do - it can even be required - or suits - or uniforms that might not correspond with our own "tastes and desires." but which were part of the appearance needed for our job description. From Hollywood stars, to doctors, to solicitors, to waitresses to politicians - people dress to fit their roles.

      What counts is how the public perceives what they want in a prince and a princess - and looking at all sites where monarchists gather - not just this one - there is a real interest in seeing the glamourous part of royalty - if we are honest, that's what we all loved as children on - this isn't an age related thing. I don't want to get into sex stereotyping but just looking at little girls I see - they love tiaras and fancy dress. So do teenagers - a prom gown is one of the most exciting things. I don't think William and Kate's advisors quite have that balance right - I do think other monarchies are doing a better job of creating that balance at this point while William and Kate are veering a little too near to bicycles monarchy. (And please don't mention Camilla - how many little girls have paperdoll books of her!)

      On this, I'll point to the recent engagement of Princess Madeleine with those young critically ill children when she put on gown and tiara and got down on the floor with them - it was beautiful and hugely popular. Diana also had this balance down perfectly - she had a tremendous human touch but never lost the understanding of the glamour aspect.

      I'm sure it will be a lovely tour - hopefully with an emphasis mostly on people not sight-seeing - the itinerary in that regard looks good - and the children will be popular but the lack of what I'm going to term "regality" an invented word - is something William and Kate need to consider. It's not just my own personal feelings but a feeling this is something important in the balance of royal life is missing.

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    6. Julia enjoyed your thoughtful post. I think you have pegged it correctly, either William and Catherine or their advisors are probably not quite hitting the appropriate balance in the PR aspect of their clothes. Queen Elizabeth basically has a Queen uniform she wears for different engagements. Catherine and William have not quite figured out how to make their dressing easy but still have the "Royal" aspect to it. Ali

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    7. I will just say this...I don't believe that W&K should, or try, to dress like the Queen any more than she has tried to follow HER grandmother's fashion example. As they go up in "the ranks", I am sure they will have more occasions to dress accordingly. For now, I believe they are focusing more on relating to people than entertaining them.

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    8. I think the Duke and Duchess and staff know exactly what they are doing. I think
      they are avoiding parading as prince and princess in a Commonwealth country that
      has a robust independent spirit, while also valuing their royal family.
      Also, Canadian staff has set up the tour to benefit and appeal to Canadians.
      The Cambridges and staff must take their lead from them.
      Now, the POW and wife will presumably be attending the actual anniversary
      commemoration-expect glitz and Camilla in a tiara, dripping in jewels.
      I think it is also a matter of the traditional versus the modern monarchy.

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    9. Well said, Julia. My thoughts exactly. I understand your comments royalfan, I agree the Canadians must have made many of the proposals for the tour itinerary, but at the end of the day please remember how the late PoW dressed for such occasions. Perhaps you're correct and they will become more formal as they move up the ranks, but the closer they get to the throne the more problems C&C will have with them and their popularity, so I'm not frightfully certain they will think it prudent to progress?

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    10. Ladies, I believe the "answer" lies somewhere in the middle. Tradition, pomp and circumstance, and ladies fashion are an important part of the equation, but if this was enough, then surely C&C would have cinched the deal by now and PR wouldn't be a line item in the budget. I mean, between his uniforms, and her hats and chokers alone..... :)

      People will remain interested in and drawn to the formal side of monarchy, but I do NOT believe that it will be enough going forward. Diana proved that the public wants to be able to relate to someone who is kind, compassionate, and relevant. She did dress the part, absolutely, but it was the cherry on the cake. The world didn't react the way it did to her death because of the way she dressed.

      While the Queen is on the throne and her almost 68 year old son is waiting to be king, IMO, W&K are representing THEIR generation and doing an outstanding job of it.

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    11. lol, RF. "would have cinched the deal". They do definitely dress the part, with Camilla overdoing it somewhat at times, I agree. I do believe their intentions are ultruistic ones though and Charles does apply himself dutifully that's for sure. If Charles gets to be king, it will only be for a blink of time. So it is imperative that William and Kate step it up more and they have been. I am concerned about Kate having time to learn about the Royal residences, the bling, the protocols, the ceremonies, etc. Obviously she will have help, but that is still a lot to take in. Queen Elizabeth had grown up in the midst of it all. Kate hasn't, although she did have those ten years while dating William to learn a few things about the Royal environments.

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    12. Ohhhh, 18:11...Charles and Camilla altruistic? Hmmm... Charles, yes, in his public life. But Camilla? Gosh, I may need a Tums. ;)

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  26. Does anyone know who actually owns Holyrood House Palace in Edinborough? So far, all I can find is that the Queen resides there one week out of the year.

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    1. It is the Monarch's official royal residence in Scotland so it is owned by the Crown and held in trust by the Monarch. In contrast, Balmoral is her private residence and owned by Her Majesty.

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    2. I believe Holyrood House is owned by the government and is the Queen's Official Residence while in Scotland, where she would stay while there officially. Balmoral is her privately owned residence.

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    3. Is a building being owned by the Crown trust different from being owned by the government?

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    4. It is Crown property. We call it either Holyrood House or Holyrood Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse, not Holyrood House Palace.

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    5. lol, thanks ya'll and thanks Cecilia. That whole Google search had me a little frustrated and flustered obviously.

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    6. 23:31, and everyone else, :)

      Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye

      Holyrood Palace, is NOT owned by the government. It is part of the Crown Estate.

      The Crown Estate is a collection of lands and holdings BELONGING TO the British monarch AS A "corporation sole" (google that for more details), making it THE SOVEREIGN'S "public estate", which is NEITHER government property nor a part of the monarch's PERSONAL estate (but it is her "Crown Estate").

      The Queen currently receives 15% of the Crown Estate's annual net revenue, in lieu of the civil list, that since 2012, no longer exists.

      The Crown Estate is the largest property owner in the United Kingdom, with a portfolio worth €12 billion.

      This is according to Wikipedia, "Crown Estate".

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    7. Julia from Leominster14 September 2016 at 18:39

      Yes, there is a distinction between Crown Estates and the government - and remember Crown Estates extend far beyond palaces - I was not long ago in an office of a private firm leased from Crown Estates - but this land regardless of whether it is residential for royals, rental income or for diplomatic (such as - in name - St. James) or other purposes is used for the support of the monarchy but belongs to the nation. This is distinct from property the queen owns privately - Balmoral and Sandringham and so on.

      There are other distinctions - Highgrove that the Duchy of Cornwall owns. It is not a crown property but not truly privately owned either and of course again it owns considerable property.

      It's a confusing distinction and would become most important if the monarchy ended. In Scotland in theory - devolution would not affect Balmoral but might or might not affect the status of Holyrood. I presume if the monarchy continued in Scotland, Holyrood would continue as a royal palace - if not, the issue is less clear as to whether Crown Estates would continue to hold it. Today, while the queen resides only briefly at Holyrood Palace - it's open to the public and has a fascinating historic and sometimes tragic history. (And be sure and visit Canongate Kirk if in that area.)

      I think Wiki is quite good here at showing the distinctions as to who holds what. Here is the site. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_royal_residences

      For Crown Estates, interesting for how much the monarchy owns and where - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Estate

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    8. The Crown Estate has huge land and business holdings in Canada and other countries around the world.

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    9. It is good to be Queen.

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    10. The Crown Estate used to be the personal property of the monarch until one of the George's ceded it to the government in return for an income. Prior to that the monarch funded the government, and that particular George realized he was responsible for a bit more than he could chew, so he turned it over in return for a stable income without the big maw of the government eating away at it. It's not really owned by the monarch and if the monarchy goes away, whoever is on the throne at the time probably won't be taking it with him/her. Not sure about the Duchy of Lancaster though. That's used now for personal income/expenses I think. The crown estate money funds the monarch.

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    11. Humm, as indicated above, verbatim from "Crown Estate" Wikipedia, the Crown Estate does not belong to the government but is a "corporation sole".

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    12. "Finances of the British Royal Family" is an excellent Wikipedia resource, as is Wikipedia "Crown Estate" and Wikipedia "Sole Corporation". Together these give a substantially thorough overview of how the Monarchy functions financially. Good reads.

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    13. "The List of British Royal Residences" wikipedia,
      as Julia referenced, in addition to those Wikipedia references above, give quite a comprehensive, quick education on the monarchy's finances.

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  27. This will be one trip Im looking forward to!! Can't wait to see little Charlotte in her element at the children's party :-) Thank You Charlotte and I look forward to your excellent coverage of the Canada tour!!You Rock!!XOXO

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  28. I am so thrilled that my beautiful province of British Columbia is being visited by the Royals. I live 3 hrs. from Victoria and hope to drive down for their arrival. I look forward to following your blog to catch every moment of the tour.

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  29. What an interesting tour but as I expected sadly there will be no event for us to see Kate in any of the lovely evening dresses picked out by some of our readers I hope she wears an eye catching cocktail dress for the event in Victoria. It will be interesting to see how she dresses to cover multiple events on most of the days think footwear could be interesting I do hope she gets things right it won't be too easy. I could imagine coat dresses possibly on the agenda as the temperature is not overly warm. I suspect the day involving a canoe paddle & fishing will see her in casual attire. I hope we see George & Charlotte at another event as well as the tea party & let us hope the little kids are not too put out by the long air trip, I do think the press are being a little over the top by referring to the little boy as being the "republican slayer" I just wonder what W & K think of it.
    It was good seeing photos of Kate with the Queen at Balmoral and also that Michael & Carole were also there by invitation of the Queen I think that once again shows what a very perceptive person the Queen is in this way putting paid to all the unpleasant insinuations that have been made over some months about her opinion of the Middletons & Kate.
    I thought the pap photos of George waving goodbye to W& K when going away for the Cornwall trip was sweet he dii look rather tearful & Kate picking up Lupo, despite being dressed in her finery for the trip, who had appeared to have escaped she then ran to catch up with William on his way to the helicopter just shows how normal the family are.
    I now look forward to the Canadian tour

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    1. WHERE are those photos please Mary E?

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    2. https://twitter.com/MiddletonMaven/status/775415200845598720

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    3. Also available on the Berkshire to Buckingham blog.

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    4. I did not see George in the picture.

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    5. http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/princess-charlotte-christening?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&page=1&phrase=princess%20charlotte%20christening&sort=newest

      I certainly see a police presence, but I don't think George is paying any more attention to them than he was to the crowd of people watching the family walk to church. MY opinion, anyway.

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    6. I don't recognize those buildings. Where were the pictures taken?

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    7. Berkshire to Buckingham has a lot of the photos of William and Kate leaving for Cornwall.

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    8. You have to go to google "photos, Charlotte's christening. Tap view all. Then, tap any appropriate photo showing the crowds, click on the accompanying gallery photos, repeat until you come to them. They are not "primary" photos but they are there.

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    9. Go to newstalk.com, "Princess Charlotte Baptized at Sandringham" for photo.

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    10. That photo says a lot.

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    11. Okay...got it! :) I Googled "Newstalk Princess Charlotte Baptized at Sandringham" and I believe I see the photo everyone is talking about. (Only one - not a gallery.)

      But I guess I have been following the BRF for a very long time because I do not consider the image to be alarming. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the reality of what I am seeing, but from George's point of view, he's walking along and sees a crowd of people standing and looking at him, while the police officers are standing with their backs to him. I may be missing an image others here have seen, but I don't find this one to be disturbing *from George's point of view.*

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    12. I understand RF. I will continue to look for those photos of George looking at the security people.
      They say a picture is worth......."

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  30. It is quite the trip! I lived in BC for 4 years, never made it to the Yukon though. If I had to do half the traveling they are doing I would be comatose by the second day! Good thing Nanny Maria is going!

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  31. I live in Seattle but have planned a weekend in Victoria to be there for their arrival! This will surely be as close as they'll ever come, and I wouldn't miss this opportunity! Can't wait for high tea at the Empress and Saturday spent with Will and Kate :-)

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    1. Anonymous 19:42, I live in Portland, Oregon and now you're making me want to make a trip up to Victoria (my husband and I have been wanting to go for awhile now, anyway).... especially if this will "surely be as close as they'll ever come." We'll see if I can make it happen.

      Well, I hope you do get to see them in person and give us all the details! :)

      Charlotte, I love this post and all the detail, background, and pictures you give us.

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    2. You are so lucky! I wouldn't miss it for the world. I would be one of those people camping out from the day before, sadly I do not foresee any royal visits to my country...

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  32. So...they are finally coming to my city! We'll see if I manage to catch a glimpse in person :) This is a great itinerary, I'm sure they'll enjoy it and the scenery is so stunning, it will make for some great photos for all of you.

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  33. The itinerary and locations sound beautiful and like something that both William and Kate will enjoy given their outdoor interests and the charity work. I, for one, am absolutely fine with the apparent fact that there are no 'dress up like a princess' events. Some of my favorite looks from the India trip were from the daytime events. I would much rather see them focusing attention on conservation/environment and their charity work than what she may or may not happen to wear. Especially considering how there is always someone complaining, no matter what she wears or how she styles her hair. I am looking forward to seeing photographs from the various sites and can't wait to see George and Charlotte!

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    1. I am fully fine with the lack of dress up as well. Different tours warrant different looks. Some are more schmoozing and gala, some are more tourism, some are focused on a certain area etc. Some tours will have more gala looks while some like these, are in very rural areas known for their gorgeous nature. Ofc the people in charge of the tour from Canada will want to show off their tourism spots. Hence outdoors. And with the kids with them, the opportunity for evening events (which are usually the dressed up ones) lower. It's just not that kind of tour :) And that is ok. I am looking forward to alot of these events. While the clothes might be lacking at the outdoorsy events, the interactions between the couple are usually at their best. And then them meeting addict mothers, refugees, native people etc. Alot of very important events. And ofc the kids!!! This tour will be great, just in a different way!

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    2. I enjoy looking at royal gowns and jewels, but the interaction between W/K/G/C, and between the Cambridge's and the public is what makes me smile. That's the real deal. And, speaking as someone who followed Diana, her struggles, and watched the coverage surrounding her death, I wouldn't have dared to imagine that one of her sons would find this level of personal happiness. AMEN, and fingers crossed for Harry's future.

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    3. I too Rebecca am fine too with the lack of dress up. It would become boring if all tours had the same sort of format and then we would be all complaining. What I like about these sort of tours is that Kate has the ability to look great in looks that an ordinary girl could emulate and that exercise is so much a part of what she is. Such a good role model to encourage weight loss and prevention of type 2 diabetes in the under thirties in particular. We do not have enough dialysis machines to deal with the deluge that is fast approaching. Obesity and antibiotic resistance might yet be what causes the extinction of mankind and not a nuclear apocalypse.

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    4. RF @ 01:45, very much agree, and I pray for Harry's success.

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    5. Royalfan @01:45 I completely agree about the best of William and Kate is definitely their interaction, the clothes are just the icing. Must be feeling nostalgic, because when I read the rest I got a little teary-eyed....a combination of sadness, happiness and hope!! I have to believe that Harry will find his happiness, Diana is still looking to find the right person to put in his path!! cc

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    6. Harry has a good role model in Kate and has said that he realizes that for a marriage to work optimally it helps to be friends first. So, obviously he has been thinking things through and that is more than a lot of people do. Harry has common sense and a fairly good grip on reality I feel, so his chances of finding a good mate are increased by all the above. Plus, William isn't going to let him proceed without his wise counsel. :)
      And, I have a feeling many people are praying for Harry just as they did/are for William. (How else do you explain Kate? :))

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    7. Yes, 16:36, I believe she is...

      21:39, I agree with you. And how do I explain it? Devine destiny.

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    8. Amen, RF, Amen. :)

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  34. I honestly believe that they are doing to tour this year is because they are planning on another baby. This way if they have a third baby Charlotte will already be 2 years old, this will be easier on Catherine.

    Taunya New York, USA

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  35. So Exciting! Everything sounds wonderful! Will be heading to Vancouver myself in Dec so I'll be taking notes! Thx Charlotte for all your hard & dedicated work! You provide us with amazing access & the education to be able to fully appreciate each Event & Tour! Again it has to be said.... "The Bentley of Blogs":)
    BeccaUSA

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    1. Truly Becca, Charlotte has created "The Bentley of Blogs". What a blessing. Thanks Charlotte.

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  36. "George, the Republican slayer". HOW cute is that?

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  37. I think that the Queen driving Kate and then Carole was uber sweet and uber smart.

    Remember also, that Kate will one day be the hostess of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, etc. It is helpful that Kate and her family become familiar with those places and while the Queen is still alive to help show them the ins and outs of those magnificent places. This will not be Michael and Carole's last visit to Balmoral.

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    1. Wow. That is right. Kate will be in charge of the palaces and castles, and family gatherings there.
      I would be asking the Queen all sorts of questions.

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    2. I think you are right, Anon 23:52

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    3. Carole and Michael were not just ordinary guests anyway. As mentioned, they will be an integral part of those places when William is king and Kate Queen. I am glad the Queen treated them as family almost. She knows they will be spending plenty of time there with Kate and her family in the future. The Queen is one smart cookie, and a very sweet one.

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    4. Just being informed on all the various china, silver and crystal would take days. :)
      Not to mention remembering where all the rooms are at each place and what each room is used for. Most importantly you would want to know all the employees by their first name, or at least I would want to and I feel certain Kate would. Then there are the grounds and the horses and the protocols and the Jewels. And William will have to deal with that pesky red box every day. So good Kate is getting a running start while Her Majesty is still here to share and instruct. Kate will cherish those memories.

      Long live the Queen though.

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    5. You know, I think the Queen likes Michael and Carole (what's not to like), but I am pursuaded that the Queen wants Carole to feel comfortable and very welcome in Royal digs so Carole can even better help Kate when the time for transition occurs. We might be seeing more invitations from the Queen for Michael and Carole to visit Windsor, Buckingham Palace, Sandringham per se, etc. I think the Queen really likes Kate and remembers how much she valued having the Queen mum by her side all those years and so she is going the extra mile to make sure Michael and Carole feel like a part of the family. They have proven themselves to be trustworthy. And, again, I think she genuinely likes them.

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    6. As I am reading this, the last comment in this thread is Anon 02:53 ... I totally agree with your comments!

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  38. Mary E and 09:01,

    The photo of George crying as he says goodbye to William and Kate as they walk across the open field behind Kensington Palace to get in the Royal helicopter for the two day tour of Cornwall is so sad.

    What is even sadder to me is the necessity of at least two armed police officers there in bulletproof vests with one holding a drawn machine gun, his handhold on the gun action ready. Such is the life of William and Kate, as also referenced by 09:01 above.

    Very sobering photos. Quite a juxtaposition to all the glam.

    My guess is that their helicopter will not fly solo either without an accompanying protective companion aircraft or two at whatever distance away.

    Apparently the officers have an outpost there at Kensington Palace as they are standing beside what looks like a functioning guard shack.

    The photos are available on the Berkshire to Buckingham blog. The photo of Kate retrieving Lupo is there also.

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  39. Living vicariously through the Cambridge tour is fun, but it sounds exhausting! And then you come home after your engagements and see the little ones!!! I hope when they get back home, they have a little time to unwind. We're all excited. Let's hope George and Charlotte don't get a cold or ear infection which would make the long airplane ride unbearable for everyone! Depending on the weather, I would like to see an elegant boot with a midi skirt suit for the city engagements.

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  40. So very excited about the upcoming tour and looking forward to following the blog daily. I am really looking forward to seeing George and Charlotte, and as our Charlotte mentioned, getting a glimpse into Princess Charlotte's personality. It will be a wonderful week for the Cambridge family, our Canadian friends, and for us here on the blog!

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    1. Good to "see" you again!! Hope you had a good summer, Kate. :)

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    2. Yes, Hi Kate, always a Joy to hear from you. :)

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  41. I can't get over it's been 5 years already since their first tour of Canada! Where did the time go?

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  42. OH, I CAN´T WAIT to see all the lovely places they are going to visit!! I´ve never been to British Columbia but I´ve seen quite a lot of videos/photos/films from there and it must be breathtakingly beautiful!! Only 10 days to go!

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  43. According to Emily Andrews, of The Sun, Queen Elizabeth does not wear a seat belt because of security reasons.

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    1. So she can be pulled out quickly? I know security officers and some police don't wear them so they can be quick out of the car, but I wouldn't think it would extend to the person being protected.

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    2. I do not know where Emily got her information.

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    3. And the reason HM does not wear protective head-gear while riding horses?
      Some BP employee said she thinks a helmet musses her hair.

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    4. good question for Emily.

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  44. I personally think that the Queen's invitation to the Middleton's and Charle's Birkhail invitation to William, Kate and the children, including the hunting, were in direct response to an August 6 article in the Daily Mail by (ugh), Katie Nicholl. Don't know that they could have coordinated schedules that quickly, but I think that is exactly what they did. Now, what are you going to write Katie, hummmm?

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    1. Or was this the usual September visit, just better publicized? Is Balmoral open to the public when the Queen is there? Who took the various photos? Was that deliberately allowed? There are a lot of questions here.

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  45. Forbes magazine says no tiaras to Canada, alas.

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  46. I live in Kelowna and from what I've read they will be here only 3 hours and both the UBC visit and Mission Hill Winery (simply stunning site) will be secluded - restricted to students at UBC and invited guests at Mission Hill. So best bet is to try to see them at the airport I'm thinking. Anyone have further info?

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  47. Hi Charlotte,

    Thank you for this great post with all the wonderful tour info.

    Now I have to "woman up" and admit this. I'm sulking because the tour is in B.C. and Yukon so I'm actually closer to W. & K. when they're at home in England than I will be when they actually come to Canada. That's how big this place is.

    Sigh! As part of that long term relationship with Canada, I hope they come to Toronto some day. After all, we are the Centre of the Universe! (For all of you, that is an inside "Canadian" joke meant to lovingly poke fun at all my compatriots who claim that Torontonians assume, because of the size and profile of our city, that we are the centre of both Canada and the whole universe.)

    I'm just jealous of everyone who may see them in person. Nevertheless, I'm proud of my beautiful, immense and extraordinary country. We are so blessed!

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  48. Apparently Kate filed a complaint of breach of privacy against the paper that took the photo of George sitting on an officer's motorcycle on the grounds of Kensington Palace. She won. The paper had to publish a sort of apology.

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  49. Alejandra Ramírez16 September 2016 at 04:37

    Excellent job with all the photos and info! :D

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  50. William and Kate are in Essex this morning.

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  51. I'm going to try and see them at government house. My two best friends will be coming to.

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      yay. let us know all about that please. :)
      Have fun.

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    2. Despite my sartorial concerns (which are after all unimportant in the end of the tour goes well as expected), I believe KP and the Canadian authorities have hit a home run in the itinerary. The brilliant photos you have posted alone Charlotte make me want to hop an aeroplane and visit Canada's beautiful Pacific Northwest. What more could they possibly do for the Commonwealth? Just brilliant!

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  52. I look forward to the tour... the scenery and the glimpses of George and Charlotte will be highlights! I do hope Kate tames her hair or cuts it for the tour. It was too out of control for this event.

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  53. Global BC morning show reported that William and Kate will wear the MEC Sidestreet Rain Jacket in storm-blue for an outdoor activity in Victoria, BC.

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