Quebec City awaits an historic Royal Tour

nce_William_of_Wales_and_Kate_MiddletonSmall.jpgPrince William and Kate Middleton seen here riding in the Royal Carriage after their wedding April 29, 2011. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons

Canadian Heritage has recently released the official itinerary of Prince William and Kate Middleton which is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first tour across Canada. It includes seven cities and five provinces from the 30th of June to the 8th of July, kicking-off in Ottawa and departing from Calgary. The newlyweds will stop in Quebec City on July 3.

It is Their Royal Highnesses’ first official international voyage since they were wed at Westminster Abbey the 29th of April and there will be 1,300 members of the media accredited to cover appearances, making it the most covered royal event in Canada’s history.

“The decision to come to Canada on their first international trip is a testament to the very close relationship between our country and the royal family,” said Heritage Minister James Moore in his speech on June 21.
The theme is Moving Forward Together into the Future with three significant points: what Canadians have accomplished together, how they define themselves through action and service, and why they will continue to attain other goals and aspirations. 

The couple will arrive in Quebec at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 3 aboard the HMCS Montreal and will join the crew in a morning prayer service at 10:00 in private. At 10:45, they will disembark for an administrative arrival.  Afterwards, they will visit la Maison Dauphine, a haven for at-risk youth and runaways. These events are closed to the public. 

Two events will be open to the public in Quebec City. At  12:15 p.m. at Quebec City Hall, the couple will join in the Freedom of the City Ceremony. A tradition introduced by the British in 1748, The Freedom of the City Ceremony celebrates the friendship between Quebec City and the Royal 22 Regiment service members.

Later the same day, at 3:30 p.m. their Royal Highnesses will appear at the Lévis Community Celebration at Fort 1 Fort Lévis to join the community in celebrating three important milestones: the 375th anniversary of the Lauzon “seigneurie,” the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lévis and the 10th anniversary of the new City of Lévis. Citizens may not just get a glimpse of the couple; they can learn about local service projects and donate to a variety of community causes.

Although the Royal Tour will surely bring out crowds of onlookers and tourists, not everyone eagerly anticipates the arrival of the Duke and Duchess. The tour has struck a nerve with some Quebec separatist groups expected to demonstrate against it.

“Those who have strong opinions be respectful…I have no reason to expect anything else,” said Moore regarding the anticipated protests. “We are very much looking forward to the royal visit,” he concluded.