The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, otherwise known as Prince William and Kate Middleton of the UK, have accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and will visit Canada this fall for the second time.
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“Once again, Sharon and I will be delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Canada,” Governor General David Johnston’s office announced on July 27. “Their Royal Tour will take them to the beautiful province of British Columbia and the scenic territory of Yukon. Our true Canadian pride and spirit will shine and be at the very heart of this visit so they can feel at home.”
The royal couple wowed the country with their gracious spirit when they toured Canada from June 30 to July 8, 2011, and said they look forward to returning.
"The Duke and Duchess are delighted to be returning to Canada,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. “They hold very happy memories from their visit in 2011—their first overseas tour as a married couple. 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."
In 2011 they stopped in five provinces, visiting Montréal, Québec City, Charlottetown, Summerside, Yellowknife, Slave Lake and Calgary. There they met with indigenous representatives, toured the fire-ravaged, 7,000-population town of Slave Lake, and helped celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. They also embraced lessons in living off the land.
This visit will mark their first to Canada as parents, CBC News noted. There was no word on whether the children would accompany their parents. But on the day of Canada’s announcement, the young family jetted off to France together, progeny in tow, according to the Mirror. And they brought baby Prince George to New Zealand in 2014.
Similarly, there was no indication of whether they would meet with Indigenous Peoples as they did during their initial tour in 2011, though Trudeau perhaps hinted at that possibility.
“This Royal Tour, the second undertaken by Their Royal Highnesses to Canada, also presents a unique opportunity for Canadians of all backgrounds to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and learn more about our heritage, traditions, and institutions,” Trudeau said in a statement. “Our government looks forward to providing Canadians with further details closer to the beginning of the Royal Tour.”