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Old 02-21-2011, 12:22 PM
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I think it will be fine to go to Canada this summer. After Ms Middleton experience her wedding to me all the rest will be easier. Can you imagine how many people will be watching her and Prince William that day. To me that is her christening to royal life.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:48 PM
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I have to agree here. I think this Canada trip isn't a wise a idea. Catherine/Kate ought to do official trips in the UK, just like Diana did when she first married. I wonder if the new Princess would like tired and strained after a few days. If she doesn't, hats off to her and she proved the naysayers wrong on her not being up to the job as a royal.
I don't think she "ought" to do anything in regard to which country to visit/tour first.

I agree with your last sentence.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:22 PM
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Who says she isn't going to do any events in the UK before she hops off to Canada?

The fact is there is enough time between her wedding and her Canada trip for her to meet and greet the UK. In fact, she will be meeting and greeting the people of the UK for the rest of her married (and one assumes natural) life.

For several years now, a member of the BRF has done the Canada trip around Canada's National Day. Camilla and Charles have already gone within the two to three years, as has Edward and Sohpie. The Queen and Phillip are getting older so they don't do as many overseas trips in a single year as they used to do. And frankly, although I love Andrew and Anne....I don't they would get as much press.

To me it makes perfect sense to strike while the iron is out, and why not let it be Catherine and William, and let's face it (with no disrespect to my Australian friends)...Canada is a lot closer, therefore the trip will be more cost effective, and while they defnitely have a republican contingent...they will most likely be less vocal than the Australian's. William and Catherine have to sell or strengthen the ties of the British Monarchy to Canada.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:29 PM
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It is going to be a bit of a baptism of fire for both of them - William has not done something like this before either. But that is what is in store for them for the rest of their lives and they have to 'learn' somewhere. Canada is a friendly country, of which his grandmother is Queen, and hopefully officials will help them along. Personally, I am looking forward to it! :-)
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:33 PM
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It is going to be a bit of a baptism of fire for both of them - William has not done something like this before either. But that is what is in store for them for the rest of their lives and they have to 'learn' somewhere. Canada is a friendly country, of which his grandmother is Queen, and hopefully officials will help them along. Personally, I am looking forward to it! :-)
William did do the brief tour in Australia...and he has done a lot of engagements on his own. I think they both will be fine.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:47 PM
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It is going to be a bit of a baptism of fire for both of them - William has not done something like this before either. But that is what is in store for them for the rest of their lives and they have to 'learn' somewhere. Canada is a friendly country, of which his grandmother is Queen, and hopefully officials will help them along. Personally, I am looking forward to it! :-)
I agree, Canada is probably the best country for them to start with. It is a (largely) friendly country, and is suitable important to the BRF - important for the first trip together as working royals.

William has alreaddy been to Australia recently, and it will be important for him and Catherine to visit down under soon.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:04 PM
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Immediately after their engagement was announced, William and Catherine were officially invited to visit Canada by Prime Minister Harper (article from November: Harper invites William and Kate to visit Canada). I think it was the first such invitation the couple received and it was nice of them to accept so promptly. So the visit wasn't a random selection, nor is it a slight to anyone either in the UK or in the Commonwealth.
I'm sure all aspects were considered by the BRF before the dates were announced; I should assume they're quite the experts at planning this sort of thing by now.
Plus the visit doesn't begin for at least 2 months after the wedding.
The fact that it coincides with Canada Day is also a plus and very likely deliberate (various members of the royal family have attended Canada's birthday celebrations since the early part of the 20th century; eg. Princes Edward and George visited in 1927)
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:51 PM
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I agree, Canada is probably the best country for them to start with. It is a (largely) friendly country, and is suitable important to the BRF - important for the first trip together as working royals.
Another point to add- there is very little tabloid journalism in Canada- certainly nothing compared to England or the US. Catherine's visit will certainly make front page news but not in the over-sensationalized way that occurs in the tabloid media. The other thing is that Canadians are pretty low key and polite about these things. If she wears an ugly dress or makes a mistake, few here would take great offence.

I think that many people will come out to see them and offer sincere welcome. That makes it a great place for Kate's first tour.
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One more thing to add...

I love how some are saying Kate needs to do what Diana did and spend the first year getting to know the UK. One small problem w/saying that. From what I've read over the years, that first overseas visit to Australia was actually supposed to happen the Spring/Summer of 1982. The birth of a certain Prince ended up taking place instead, so the Aussie/New Zealand tour ended up needing to be pushed back.

If she hadn't become pregnant w/William, Diana would have experienced her first overseas tour far sooner than she did. All of the new Royal Brides have to do it at some point and I just don't get why some are up in arms over all of this.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:07 PM
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Yes, I agree. I can't even think of a home-grown celebrity/gossip magazine, come to think of it. We seem to depend more on American magazines like People and US and all the other ones.There's Hello! Canada, but the coverage there isn't nasty. And there's E! Canada as well. But I'd say that a lot of our tabloid coverage is imported.


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If she hadn't become pregnant w/William, Diana would have experienced her first overseas tour far sooner than she did. All of the new Royal Brides have to do it at some point and I just don't get why some are up in arms over all of this.

OK, I stand corrected.
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Quebec separatist group pledges to disrupt royal tour | Canada | News | Toronto Sun
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The Prime Minister of Canada has released detailed information about the Duke and Duchess's tour of Canada

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Amazingly Prime Minister Harper didn't remove the Montreal and Quebec City portions of the trip even after the province didn't vote for him on May 2nd. I was afraid he would do that as he has not yet shown up a minute to visit the Monteregie people who have been flooded for over 6 weeks (but found time to visit an obscur village in Greece where the gradpa of one of his aid lived).
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Prince William and Kate Middleton to visit largest rodeo during U.S. tour | Mail Online

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Vanity fair tries to guess places the couple will visit while their Canadian Tour
Oh, Canada—Prince William and Princess Catherine’s Official Itinerary | VF Daily | Vanity Fair
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The Queen is taking an active role in preparations for the Duke and Duchess's tour of Canada.

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William & Kate: The Royal Wedding - Great Big Sea, Sam Roberts, Maria Aragon to perform for Will and Kate on Canada Day
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*whimper*

GBS is my favourite band and I've never seen them live. EVER!!

I am so jealous of William and Catherine right now.

Oh and for those wondering...Maria Aragon is a little girl from Winnipeg who had a video of her singing Lady Gaga's Born This Way on YouTube. It went viral, Lady Gaga saw it and then invited Maria and her parents to her Toronto show and to also join her on stage to sing it w/her.

That lil adorable munckin's having quite the year. :oD
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be on Parliament Hill for the Canada Day celebrations

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