Royalty to grace Canadian soil with visit to B.C., Yukon

Sep 23, 2016 | News


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge making a public appearance. (Copyright Flickr)

By Sasha Azeez

Many Canadians are awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are scheduled to land in Victoria on Saturday with their two children.

The Royal couple’s youngest child, 16-month-old Princess Charlotte, will make her debut along with her three-year-old brother, Prince George.

The Royal family will travel through parts of British Columbia, as well as the Yukon.

“They cannot wait to get to Canada and start learning about new parts of a country that will play such an important part of their lives for many years to come,” a spokesman for William and Kate told media outlets on Friday.

Avid royal watchers are looking forward in following along with the family and their journey.

“It’s wonderful to see the excitement, and a reminder of how great it is to live in such an engaged country,” Patrick Harris, of The Monarchist League of Canada, told Humber News on Friday.

“A lot of the times monarch and sovereign is forgotten, so it’s nice to see another generation getting excited,” he said.

Prince William is second in line to the throne behind his father, Prince Charles.

The family’s visit will focus among other things on paying tribute to veterans, meeting with Syrian refugees and visiting First Nations Communities, their itinerary said.

It’s nice to see another generation getting excited – Patrick Harris, Monarchist League of Canada 

On Monday, the Heiltsuk Nation in B.C. will host the couple where they will be greeted in a traditional welcoming ceremony and go on a tour of the Great Bear Rainforest, a Heiltsuk Nation spokesperson told Humber News on Friday.

“The Royal visit provides an opportunity for the Royal family, Canadians and the world to learn about the Heiltsuk Nation and the beautiful place we call home,” said the spokesperson.

The last trip Prince William took to Canada with his mother, Princess Diana, was in 1991. Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Royal watchers say the kindness and compassion of Diana will play a role in the family’s week-long journey.