Last month we learned that newlyweds Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his new wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are planning a visit to North America this month and today we get to check out the official portrait of the couple released ahead of their arrival in Canada next week. Because the royals’ visit to Canada will be an official one, I suppose there was need for an official portrait to coincide with their visit.
With their itinerary set and just a week to go, Prince William and Duchess Catherine look ready to kick off their North American tour. In a new official portrait of the couple taken earlier this month in the gardens of Clarence House for their Canadian tour, Kate and William, both 29, are all smiles in matching navy blue attire (she previously sported this look at the couple’s final pre-wedding public appearance in Lancashire, England). So what’s in store for the royal pair when they touch down in Canada June 30? The couple will dive right into their royal duties, and they’ll take part in a wreath laying and book-signing event at the Ottawa National War Memorial at 2:35 p.m. In the spirit of Canada Day, July 1, the newlyweds will celebrate with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. They’ll also stop by Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., Yellowknife and Calgary throughout their trip. Perhaps the highlight of their trip will be July 4, when William and his wife will face off in a dragonboat race on Prince Edward island. William and the duchess are set to arrive in California on July 8 for the American leg of their voyage.
I don’t expect that an official portrait of the couple will be released for the US leg of their visit but I think this photo is nice enough for the entire trip. It’ll be very exciting for the Canadians, I’m sure, to have the newlywedded royals visiting their country. I know there are a great many Americans who are excited for their arrival next month. They make such a damn fine-looking couple, don’t they? I love this portrait. Do you?