05/16/2011

William and Kate keeping it simple for Canadian tour

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It’s doubtful you’ll be seeing Prince William and his new bride Kate hauling their own suitcases around Canada, but there will definitely be a slimmed-down look to the couple’s much anticipated first foreign royal tour.

In an effort to “keep things simple,” the couple plans to embark on their 10-day tour of Canada (plus a few extra days in Los Angeles) with between 6-10 aides, according to the Daily Mail.

That may still sound like a lot to most common travellers, but it is about one-third the staff size that accompanies the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on foreign visits.

“Kate is very low maintenance. She did her own wedding-day make-up and is confident doing her make-up for the cameras,” a source told the London newspaper.

The Canadian tour, which kicks off Thursday, June 30 (likely in Ottawa), is viewed as the litmus test for the new Duchess of Cambridge, who has so far dabbled in pre-wedding day trips around the UK with Prince William.

While there have been rumblings that Pippa Middleton might go on the tour as her sister’s lady-in-waiting, it is more likely that Kate will keep her entourage to a minimum.

“She said she doesn’t want a lady-in-waiting,” said a Daily Mail source. “That may change but she’ll see how she copes on this tour.”

Among those who will be accompanying the couple are Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, William’s private secretary, and Sir David Manning, who acts as the couple’s senior advisor.

Besides being in Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations, William and Kate will be touching down in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. It’s expected that one of the stops in Alberta will be the Aero Space Museum in Calgary. During the Second World War, Kate’s grandfather Peter was a flying instructor with the RAF on the site of the present-day museum.

It’s no real surprise that the couple has chosen Canada for their first foreign exposure. The country has a long friendly relationship with the royals and is almost a second home to some Britons. In a survey of UK expatriates earlier this year, Canada rated No. 1 as a destination. There are about 600,000 British expats living here.

 

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