Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the destinations for the Royal Tour of Canada by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple will make seven official stops during their tour of Canada, from June 30 to July 8, 2011.
"Canadians hold The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in very high esteem and look forward to welcoming them as they embark on their first official Royal Tour as newlyweds," said the Prime Minister. "The couple’s decision to visit Canada first is a testament to our country’s close relationship with the Crown and Royal Family, and an opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our traditions, history, and institutions."
The Prime Minister went on to say: "I am confident that, in coming to know this country and its people better, The Duke and Duchess will develop their own enduring bonds of affection for Canada and Canadians as has been the case with Her Majesty The Queen over sixty years, which began with her own very first tour as Princess Elizabeth at the age of 25 in 1951."
This will be the third time His Royal Highness has toured Canada. His previous ones were in 1991 and 1998. This will be the first tour to Canada for Her Royal Highness.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit:
- The National Capital Region, from June 30 to July 2;
- Montreal, Quebec, on July 2;
- Quebec City, Quebec, on July 3;
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from July 3 to July 4;
- Summerside, Prince Edward Island, on July 4;
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from July 4 to July 6; and
- Calgary, Alberta, from July 6 to July 8.
A full itinerary is being developed in collaboration with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal partners, and private organizations, and will be released at a later date.
The theme of the 2011 Royal Tour is "Moving Forward Together: From Past Accomplishments to Current Service to Future Achievements" – thus mirroring the important sense of continuity that is the Canadian Crown itself.
There will be many opportunities for the public to see The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge throughout the Tour. For more information on the 2011 Royal Tour and the Monarchy, please visit: http://www.royaltour.gc.ca/