It's Kate of Green Gables
It’s a magic of the girl with hair as red as carrots that has apparently drawn the Duchess of Cambridge to make sure Prince Edward Island was one of the stops on her first trip to Canada this summer.
The newest royal couple have a 10-day tour of Canada beginning June 30 and Kate insisted the setting for one her favourite books -– 'Anne of Green Gables' –- was included, according to the Daily Mail.
“It is something of a sentimental journey," a source told the paper. “The book was Kate’s favourite when she was growing up. The details of the Canadian tour are still being worked out but she requested that Prince Edward Island be on their itinerary so she could see the house and places mentioned in the book.”
The classic Lucy Maud Montgomery story about the adventures of the orphan Anne was published in 1908 and the main character has since become an iconic image for both the country and PEI. The setting for the book was inspired by a house in Cavendish, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Locals in the town are excited about a possible visit. "It’s good," said Tim Cameron, owner of Meadow Lodge about 45 minutes from the Anne of Green Gables Heritage site. "There are definitely no negatives involved in a visit."
While Cameron doesn't think he'll have time to see the royal couple he said he would try to catch a glance of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
"It's wonderful, it’s very exciting news," an employee at Chez Yvonne's restaurant in the town agreed. "I think it would be great for the area."
P.E.I. has long been a stomping ground for royals touring Canada. In 1860, the then Prince of Wales Albert Edward kicked off the royal visits to the province with an August tour. The most recent royals to grace P.E.I.'s shores were the Earl and Countess of Wessex in 2000, who made it to Cavendish on Sophie's first trip as a member of the Windsors.
Queen Elizabeth II has made the most trips to the island, clocking up four visits between 1939 and 1973.
Details of the Canadian trip have not yet been released, but it will also include stops in Quebec, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Ottawa.
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