After months of speculation and unconfirmed reports from “palace insiders,” Kensington Palace has officially confirmed that all four Cambridges are coming to Canada. That’s right, both Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 1, are coming to visit.
“They have received so many wonderful messages from Canadians since the birth of their children and look forward to having the chance to introduce their young family to the country,” an official press release announced today on behalf of Prince William and Duchess Catherine.
Kensington Palace announced in late July that William and Kate would be visiting Canada in the fall, but there was no mention of their two adorable kids. It was far too early in the planning to know if George and Charlotte would be up for the journey. But today we got confirmation that all four of the Cambridges will be coming to visit from September 24 to October 1st, with stops in Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna in British Columbia, and then Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon. Sadly, Prince George will not be visiting Prince George, British Columbia—maybe next time.
This will be Princess Charlotte’s first official tour, where she will conduct her first ever royal engagement. Prince George can show her the way, as he’s kind of an old pro at this. He went on his first tour when he was nine months old, visiting both Australia and New Zealand with William and Kate. While there he went on two engagements, the first a playdate in New Zealand followed by a visit to the Taronga Zoo to meet his namesake bilby. Many adorable moments of course occurred.
It’s not clear yet which engagements George and Charlotte will be joining their parents on—probably only a few since they are still toddlers. But the focus of the tour is family-freindly events, with a focus on the outdoors so hopefully we will see lots of the royal siblings. I am guessing both the kids will attend the children’s party at the Government House in Victoria on September 29th. The party is for military families and is supposed to be full of lots of surprises. And on October 1st, the kids will also likely visit the Cridge Centre for the Family in Victoria.
George and Charlotte will be staying at the Government House in Victoria with their nanny Maria, while Mom and Dad are off on engagements. Memo to Will and Kate: We have a round up of fun things to do with kids in Victoria that you should check out. Aside from official events, we will also see the kids when they get on and off the plane in Victoria. Hopefully this time George isn’t as Grumpy as he was when he arrived in New Zealand—to be fair, he was quite jet-lagged.
Royal fans should be excited because this means we will get to see lots of George and Charlotte. Charlotte has only been seen in public three times—her birth, her christening and Trooping of the Colour back in June. And while we have seen more of George as of late (remember his first UK engagement earlier this year), it will be amazing to actually get to see the royal siblings interact.
So what can we expect from the tour? This is William and Kate’s second official tour of the country, with their first visit being in 2011 shortly after they were married (Hello has a great recap of all the best moments from that tour). This time their visit is focused on the west coast.
They will arrive at Victoria Airport in the afternoon on October 24 and the family of four will disembark the plane together—I expect George will walk and Kate will carry Charlotte. Kate will likely wear Erdem, a London-based designer who was born in Montreal. Kate is very fond of the brand and first wore one of his dresses, a stunning navy lace shift, when she arrived in Canada back in 2011. George will probably rock his signature shorts and cardigan, while Charlotte will be in a dress and cardigan with a sweet bow in her hair. William, well, he will wear a suit!
Bring on the cuteness.
A royal kiss
William and Kate released four photos of the royal siblings just a few weeks after Princess Charlotte was born. But this one of Prince George giving his little sis a kiss is just too cute to handle. You can already tell he’s going to be a protective big brother.