Princess Charlotte takes her first royal tour — where better than Canada?
The royal family is planning a tour of Canada, and this visit will be extra special because it won't just be Prince William and Kate Middleton that fans will get to see, but also Prince George and his adorable sister, Princess Charlotte.
Prince George's first overseas tour was a 10-day trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2014 when he was 9 months old. The upcoming tour of Canada will mark 15-month-old Charlotte's overseas debut — and what better place for her to visit? What can we expect from the royal family's visit to our own backyard? Here's what we know so far.
1. They will be in Canada for a week
Kensington Palace officially released an agenda on Monday, Aug. 22 detailing the family's trip, which will start on Sept. 24 in Victoria, British Columbia, and end there on Oct. 1.
2. It's the second time the Duke and Duchess are visiting the country
William and Kate visited Canada just weeks after their wedding in 2011, and this will mark their second tour of the country. During the newlyweds' nine-day tour, they visited Ottawa (to take part in a wreath laying and book signing at the National War Memorial), Montreal, Quebec, the Northwest Territories, Calgary, and even Prince Edward Island — the setting of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables novels.
3. The itinerary has been coordinated to be child-friendly
This time around it will definitely be a family-friendly affair, with a "heavy focus on nature, the outdoors [...] hiking, walking and outdoor pursuits." There's also talk of visits to fresh-water lakes, where they may enjoy a spot of kayaking.
4. There will be a wide range of different activities
After touching down in Victoria on Sept. 24 the family will head to Vancouver for a tour of the city with a focus on young people, mental health and the local first-responder community. Then on Sept. 26 they will make their way to Bella Bella and Great Bear Rainforest (home to a multitude of animals including grizzly bears) and on Sept. 27 they will visit Kelowna, British Columbia, and learn about the local First Nations community during a visit to Whitehorse, Yukon.
The family will continue their tour of Whitehorse on Sept. 28 before visiting Carcross. The following day they will be back in Victoria, where the focus will once again shift to raising awareness for mental health. On Sept. 30, the family will travel to the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, to learn more about the indigenous people and the local community before heading back to Victoria on Oct. 1 and flying back to London, England. Phew, sounds pretty tiring, right?
4. Justin Trudeau is excited about the tour
According to Vanity Fair, a source close to the prime minister revealed that he's excited for the royal family to experience British Columbia and the territory of Yukon as part of the tour because he "loves this part of Canada and he's keen for the Cambridges to see it. He spent some of his early life in British Columbia and he and his own family holiday in Tofino."
5. But the prime minister is not the only one counting down the days
A Kensington Palace source revealed the royal couple is "hugely excited" and that the trip would be a fantastic opportunity for them to explore British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in more detail.