Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge to visit the Downtown Eastside on Vancouver trip

Sep 12 2016, 9:21 pm

More details have emerged about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Tour of Canada, including their itinerary while they’re visiting Vancouver that includes a trip to the Downtown Eastside.

William and Kate’s visit will star on September 24 in Victoria where they’ll visit the Legislature buildings and the cenotaph and will unveil a new plaque dedicated to veterans of the Afghanistan war. After an official welcome to Canada that’s open to the public, they’ll have meetings with senior Canadian leaders.

The next day, they’ll jet off to Vancouver on a float plane and will receive a civic welcome at Jack Poole Plaza. While they’re in Vancouver, they’ll visit a Downtown Eastside charity called Sheway that helps mothers battling addictions. According to a press release, addiction and family breakdown have been a major part of Kate’s charitable work.

They’ll visit the Immigration Services Society of BC’s new refugee housing complex in East Vancouver and the newly reopened Kitsilano Coast Guard station. They’ll ride a hovercraft before flying back to Victoria.

Other BC locations planned for the trip include the Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii, and Kelowna, where they’ll visit wineries and UBC’s Okanagan campus. They’ll also make their way up to the Yukon on September 27.

And it’s officially been confirmed by Kensington Palace that the couple will bring their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, along for the ride.

This will be the pair’s first Royal Tour of Canada since 2011, and their first visit to BC as a married couple. When William and Kate last came to Canada in 2011, they made stops in Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta. The royal couple helped launch the Calgary Stampede that year.

This years’ Royal Tour will last from September 24 to October 1.

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