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article imageDetails of William and Kate's visit to Canada announced

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 16, 2011 in World
Prince William and Kate Middleton will spend nine days in Canada this summer, visiting Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and the Northwest Territories as part of their first overseas trip as a married couple.
The couple will be in the country from June 30 to July 8.
“Their decision to come to Canada first is a testament to our country’s very close relationship with the Royal Family – a bond of loyalty and affection illustrated by the crowds that turned out for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh last year, and the mounting excitement for Her Majesty’s upcoming Diamond Jubilee which will be celebrated in Canada throughout 2012," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his official statement regarding the visit.
“Canada looks forward to welcoming the young couple this summer and providing them with all that our country has to offer – including, of course, the special hospitality and warmth reserved for members of the Royal Family.
“It is my sincere hope that their tour will be the start of a lasting relationship with Canada by the Royal Couple."
He extended congratulations to the couple on their upcoming wedding on behalf of all Canadians.
William and Kate will be in Ottawa during Canada Day celebrations.
Governor General David Johnston announced that the Royal Tour would be coordinated by Kevin MacLeod, Canadian Secretary to The Queen, and a detailed itinerary would be published at a later date by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
CTV reported that Heritage Minister James Moore Ottawa said costs involved in the visit would be paid using funds that are routinely put aside for foreign visits, but that such events "are not frankly, nearly as expensive as some people may think."
William's last visit to Canada was in 1998 when he, his father and his brother went skiing in Whistler, BC.
The CBC reported that discussions are underway about what the Canadian government will give the couple, who marry on April 29, as a wedding gift. They have asked that donations be made to charity.
Canadian stamps are being issued to mark the occasion.
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