The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will work together with some of Britain’s most accomplished Olympians as Ambassadors for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In a message of support for the 2012 Games and in his role as an Ambassador, The Duke of Cambridge commented:
“Catherine, Harry and I are honoured to be Ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympics GB. London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire so many people – particularly the young – to be the best they can be. We are hugely looking forward to this incredible sporting competition, but are also looking beyond next summer’s Games to the springboard it will provide for future success and excellence. The athletes and coaches taking part in the Team GB Ambition Programme are part of that future success – potential medal winners and sources of inspiration to come. We hope they enjoy the experience of London 2012 to the full, and learn from it how to become successful British Olympians of the future.”
This was the first time William and Catherine have ‘officially’ planted a tree and the couple, clearly enjoying the experience, shared the shovelling! Poignantly, the hemlock tree was planted close to where Prince Charles and Princess Dianna planted a tree on Prince William’s first birthday, in June 1983.
The Royal Couple later joined a reception for Canadian war veterans, servicemen and their families and, afterwards flew to Montreal, Quebec, where they visited a children’s hospital and helped to prepare a meal at a catering college.
William and Catherine will make a nine day tour of Canada, followed by a three day visit to California in the United States of America, before returning to the United Kingdom.
Commencing their tour in the National Capital Region of Canada on the 30 June, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit many parts of the vast North American country in a journey that will encompass eight cities, including Ottawa, Ontario, Gatineau, Montreal and Quebec City, and cover more than 5,000 miles. The tour will also take the Royal Couple to the North West Territories, Prince Edward Island and the Winter Olympics Host City of Calgary.
The ‘Moving Forward Together’ Royal Tour, as it has become known, coincides with Canada Day celebrations on 1 July. William and Catherine will be in the Canadian capital of Ottawa to mark the occasion.
The Royal Family has close connections with Canada. Canada is a Commonwealth country with the Queen as Sovereign Head. Queen Elizabeth II plays an important role in Canada, both symbolically and ceremonially, and makes regular visits to the country.
Although William has been to Canada, in an official capacity, on previous occasions, this will be his first official visit to the USA. For Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, this will be her first visit to North America.
Whilst in California, the Royal Couple will tour Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.
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For a detailed itinerary of the William and Catherine’s North American Royal Tour … watch this space!
Prince William and Catherine Middleton visited Lancashire this week on their last joint official engagement before their wedding on 29 April.
They arrived at the northern mill town of Darwen in Lancashire, to a downpour of rain. The crowds, largely undeterred by the weather, turned out in their thousands to catch a glimpse of the Royal Couple.
The Royal bride-to-be came prepared with a large black umbrella, and looked elegant and relaxed, despite the rain, in a stylish blue suit and high heels.
Prince William opened the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and launched the Skill Force Prince’s Award, for teenagers who make a contribution to their community.
As part of William’s role as patron of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge – an initiative that aims to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces across Britain – the couple visited Witton Country Park, where Catherine started a 100m race and chatted happily with a group of athletes.
The next time the couple will be seen together, in an official capacity, will be on their wedding day!
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