The highly anticipated royal trip to Western Canada is now about to commence. Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have accepted the invitation from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie, and their three children to visit this beautiful country. While most young families are lucky to have a babysitter or grandparent accompany them on an international trip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s family is no ordinary family. The royal family must travel with an entourage of people to make sure they look good and that everything runs smoothly. Who is the “glam squad” that makes sure Kate is looking fantastic and who is helping the royal couple take care of the royal children? What is planned for this highly anticipated Canadian visit?
As the media will be obsessed with how Kate looks, the Daily Mail insists that the two most important people are Kate Middleton’s “glam squad.” First, there is hair stylist Amanda Cook-Tucker. When Prince George was born, it was reported that Amanda was the first to see the Duchess of Cambridge in order to coif Kate’s hair. Yes, she was there even before Kate’s mom and dad, Michael and Carole Middleton, arrived to see their first grandchild. She kept Kate’s hair frizz-free and tamed though a humid tour though Asia in 2012. Her new challenge is to keep Kate’s curls soft though any combination of Canadian wind and rain. The duchess could be mountain biking or watching a volleyball match. Whether her hair is left long or put up in a gorgeous chignon, Amanda will make sure there is not a hair out of place.
Kate will be require many changes of attire and with over 30 engagements scheduled, from wine tasting to fishing. Bring in Natasha Archer, The Duchess of Cambridge’s former personal assistant now stylist. Originally selected because Queen Elizabeth wanted Kate to look more “regal,” the stylist has the extreme challenge to make sure that Kate looks just as stately, whether holding a fishing pole or a wine glass. Kate’s stylish hair has launched some major fashion trends as the Inquisitr has recently reported and Tash, as she is know, purchases Kate’s garments online or directly from a select group of designers. The Daily Mail states that during the Canadian tour, she should be wearing her Alexander McQueen, her favorite British brand and will even wear Canadian designer Erdem. Based on her previous trip to Canada, Kate wore a lot of red and white, the colors of the Canadian flag. Many wonder if she will repeat that trend?
So far, there is no word on whether the duchess will be wearing any formal jewels. This tour does not require anything as formal as a tiara, but, as ABC reported, Kate wore the Queen’s Maple Leaf Diamond brooch on their last tour through Canada. Could she bring that back for this tour? It may be possible that she may choose to wear jewelry previously worn by Princess Diana on one of her three tours of Canada.
Between the long flight and the time change, there needs to be extra help in caring for the children. Prince George is 3 and his baby sister Princes Charlotte is now over a year old. Bring in “supernanny” Maria Teresa Turin Borrallo! The Spanish-born nanny accompanied the royal family and cared for young Prince George during the 2014 Australia and New Zealand tour. She now has her hands full with two small children. Already, many activities are planned for the children. Already, the children are scheduled to join the Trudeau children for tea on Thursday. In addition, the Government House in Victoria, British Columbia has floating rubbing duckies all over the grounds to welcome the young prince and princess. There is bound to be other whimsical and delightful surprises for the young children on this special trip through Western Canada.
The couple feels that bringing the children along is “a great opportunity for them to introduce their children to a major realm.” A spokesperson for the royal couple stated that they took such pleasure from bringing Prince George to New Zealand and Australia that they decided this is a great opportunity to have both children accompany them.
“They really enjoyed taking Prince George to New Zealand and Australia and are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce them to Canada.”
The remaining team of 12 includes a variety of operation managers, private secretaries, press secretaries and personal assistants. There is plenty of staff to ensure that the trip runs smoothly.
The tour begins today when they arrive in Victoria. The eight-day trip, which is paid by the hosts, includes an itinerary that includes eight different locations. As a Kensington Palace spokesman stated, they will view art, experience a wide variety of culture, including the First Nations community, meet Syrian refugees who have made a new life in Canada and experience the breathtaking scenery in this beautiful part of the world. They are expected to try the popular Canadian dish, poutine. This carb and fat-loaded comfort food is a dish of french fries and cheese curds smothered in cheese and gravy. They may also try bison or wild boar. When on a wine tour, they will try the local vintage of the region.
“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.'”
On their previous tour of Canada, the crowds were enormous, including as many as a half million people at certain events. These types of crowds are expected in this tour.
September 24: Victoria, British Columbia
September 25: Vancouver, British Columbia
September 26: Bella Bella, Great Bear Rainforest and Victoria, British Columbia
September 27: Kelowna, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon
September 28: Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon
September 29: Victoria, British Columbia
September 30: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
October 1: Victoria, British Columbia
What are you looking forward to the most: Kate’s wardrobe or new photos of Charlotte and George?
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