Tuesday, 17 May 2011

William and Kate to visit Calgary where Kate's grandfather trained pilots during World War II

The Duchess of Cambridge will get the opportunity to explore her late grandfather's Alberta connections during the royal visit to Canada next month. On the newlyweds first official trip as husband and wife they are expected to visit Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations on July 1st. Stops will include Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Alberta and Northwest Territories.

It has been reported that it would mean a lot to Kate to visit Calgary. Kate's grandfather, Peter Middleton died in November aged ninety. He served for two years as a Royal Air Force flight instructor during World War II.  Museum liaison Brenda Blair said she's had no confirmation from British or Canadian officials in relation to a stop in Calgary. She stated the history centre would be 'absolutely delighted' should they decide to visit especially given the close links between Kate's grandfather and the training site commemorated by the museum. 'This is a building that her grandfather would have stood in, might have danced, might have played sports in.' Kate's first state visit will also be a poignant one and no doubt she will be looking forward to learning more about her grandfather's time in Canada.

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