There’s a new royal tour in the works for lucky north-of-the border folks in British Columbia, Canada. Prince William and Kate Middleton, through Kensington Palace, have finally revealed their plans for the Canadian tour running from Saturday, September 24 to Saturday, October 1 2016. The Duke and Duchess have even suggested that they’ll be bringing the whole family along, making it a first ever for little Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The palace has yet to absolutely confirm that royal news, but it’s looking more and more like the kids will come along, and the closer it gets to the date, the less likely it is that Kate and William will disappoint their fans by leaving George and Charlotte behind. “Fingers crossed!” wrote E! News.
One royal watcher tweeted that he was losing sleep worrying whether they’d bring the kids!
With all the rumors floating around that Duchess Kate is pregnant with a third royal baby, adoring fans are hoping that it will be a first visit for an upcoming little prince or princess too, and everyone is ready to be on baby-bump watch. When they arrive in Canada, William, Kate, George, and Charlotte will “touch down” in the very English Vancouver Island city of Victoria, British Columbia, named after William’s many times great grandmother, Queen Victoria. They may even find some time for afternoon tea in one of the city’s authentic English tea shops before heading over to the mainland city of Vancouver. The Empress Hotel, on the Victoria Harbour, is renowned for its tea service fit for a prince and princess, complete with china teapots.
The Daily Mail reports that after waving to the eager crowds in the big cities of British Columbia, also known as B.C. to most Canadians, Duchess Kate is “expected” to pack up her children, Prince George, age three years, and one-year-old Princess Charlotte to accompany William. The family will visit Bella Bella, a First Nations community that is home to the Heiltsuk people, and also head over to Haida Gwai, the gorgeous northern group of islands that used to be known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. For those times that it’s all just too much for the kids, mom and dad will do like any parents who can afford the help, and will leave little George and Charlotte with the nanny.
According to People, the plan is to include the tiny prince and princess some of the time, but to take a cue from the earlier tour of Australia, when George “stayed at a home base” while Duchess Kate and Duke William “traveled back and forth.”
Their tour itinerary covers a lot of exciting places like the Great Bear Rainforest though, and the royal couple may want to make sure that their son sees as much as possible. At three, he could certainly enjoy the possibility of seeing Canadian wildlife out in the wild, and Kate will make sure her son is well-protected on his adventures.
For William and his Duchess, this is a nostalgic visit that will bring to mind some “fond memories” of their “first royal tour as newlyweds” back in the summer of 2011. The palace said that the couple are eagerly anticipating another visit.
“They are really looking forward to seeing other parts of this beautiful country and having the opportunity to meet many more Canadians along the way.”
Along with all the edgy places they’ll see, like the wild western coast, Carcross in the Yukon where caribou herds long ago “would cross the narrow land between two lakes,” there will also be a bit of chill family time in Kelowna, on beautiful Lake Okanagan.
Will you make a trip to Canada to see Duchess Kate and her family?
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