Sunday, September 25, 2016

Royal Visit to Canada 2016



The Royal Visit to Canada has officially begun as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, touched down in Victoria, BC along with their two beautiful children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Royal Family was welcomed by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, along with Christy Clark (Premier of BC) accompanied by her son, Hamish, as well as, Governor-General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon.

This is the second royal tour of Canada for the Duke and Duchess, but their first with their children. The official welcome kicked off with a guard of honour, accompanied with a 21-gun salute. The royals paid their respects at the Cenotaph in Victoria, while pausing in silence and then laying a wreath in honour of Canadians who served and lost their lives for the country. Prince William and Kate also spent some time chatting up with the enthusiastically waiting crowd of people.

One special moment was 14-year old Victoria Foster presenting a bouquet of flowers to Kate. Victoria, who has cystic fibrosis, had this wish granted to her by the charity, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Apparently, Victoria is a big fan of the Royal Family and has memorized the names of all Kings and Queens of England. That's what I call a super royal fan!

The royals will be in Canada for a 8-day long visit which will include four official events in British Columbia and three in Yukon as listed below:
  1. September 24: Legislature in Victoria;
  2. September 25: Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver;
  3. September 27: UBC Okanagan in Kelowna;
  4. September 27: Whitehorse in Yukon;
  5. September 28: Main Street in Whitehorse;
  6. September 28: Carcross Commons in Yukon;
  7. October 1: Official departure (Victoria's Inner Harbour).

You can check the Outline Itinerary of the 2016 Royal Tour at the Government of Canada website. If you’re interested, you can also Send Your Greetings to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.