Prince William and Kate Middleton are dipping their toe in Canadian waters this summer, and most noticeably staying away from two of the country's largest cities, Vancouver and Toronto. The details are still a bit sketchy, but you can count on the royal couple taking in some fireworks on Parliament Hill.
Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the Northwest Territories are the other stops in the 10-day whirlwind tour between June 29-July 8. There'll likely be a few noses out of joint that they won't be hitting some parts of the country, but, what the heck, it's a big country and royals tend to get around to visiting most of it.
William's last time in Canada was 1998, when he went skiing at Whistler, B.C., with his father and brother. His first visit was in 1991, when he and Harry joined Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, on the Royal yacht Britannia tied up at Toronto's waterfront. The kids emerged for several small outings, including a trip with Mom on The Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls.
"Prince William was pleased to accept an invitation on his and Miss Middleton's behalf from the government of Canada," said a spokesperson for St. James's Palace. "Prince William was keen to be able to visit Canada for himself as an adult, and to be able to show his wife a country that is close to his family's heart."
On this upcoming trip, the royal couple will at least get the opportunity for the different tastes of Canada: potatoes from PEI, poutine in Quebec, Alberta beef and maybe a little seal up north. Or maybe not.
In any event, we have a few suggestions for some stops along the way if they really want a taste of Canada.
Meanwhile, several paper in the U.K. are reporting that Hugo Burnand has been selected as the official wedding photographer. Burnand took the pictures at the wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. He has also photographed Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher.