Prince William and Kate Middleton are ditching their royal digs for a brief tour of Canada this fall. The couple, who toured Australia and India April 2014 and April 2016 respectively, has announced big plans to see all America’s neighbor to the North has to offer.
The much-beloved royals shared their plans in an official statement, issued to Entertainment Tonight. In it, they made no mention of bringing their children along as they tour Canada starting on Saturday, Sept. 24. Prince William and Princess Kate, 34, will visit Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna — all located in British Columbia — before jetting to Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon.
Prior to Kensington Palace’s confirmation, Us Weekly and Vogue UK reported on Prince William, 34, and Princess Kate’s upcoming adventure. Us speculated that Princess Charlotte, who has not joined her parents or older brother Prince George on any of their previous trips, would be traveling to Canada with the royal family. It is believed that they will stay eight days, though that was not touched upon in their official statement.
“There will be parts of the itinerary designed to include the children,” a source close to the royals told Us. “The climate will be comfortable and a lot of outdoor activities will be part of the trip.”
The Canadian tour will be among Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s first royal duties following a long summer of freedom. On Aug. 12, it was reported that the pair would be resuming work obligations on Aug. 24. William is said to have gotten an early start, reporting to East Anglia Air Ambulance for a number of shifts as an air ambulance pilot. Kate, however, has a few more days to relax. Kensington Palace revealed that her first royal duty will be visiting Bute Mills in Luton, Bedfordshire, where she will “focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing” — something she and her husband have both been outspoken advocates for.