Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Canada for nine days after their wedding in April, in their first overseas tour as a royal couple.
The visit from June 30 to July 8 will include stops in the capital Ottawa, the provinces of Alberta, Prince Edward Island and Quebec and the Northwest Territories, according to statements today from Canadian Governor General David Johnston and the royal family’s office.
“Canada looks forward to welcoming the young couple this summer and providing them with all that our country has to offer,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. “Their decision to come to Canada first is a testament to our country’s very close relationship with the Royal Family.”
The marriage is scheduled for April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London and the day will be marked by a U.K. public holiday. William, second in line to the throne, has been dating Middleton since 2003 and their engagement was announced on Nov. 16, ending years of speculation about whether they would marry.
William, 28, is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and son of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The couple met while they were studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Middleton, 29, is now in line to become the first non-aristocrat to be queen in modern times. Royal consorts have traditionally come from the ranks of Britain’s aristocracy or other European royal houses.
William proposed to Middleton with Princess Diana’s engagement ring, a sapphire surrounded by diamonds, while the couple were on holiday in Kenya.
Prince Harry will be the best man and the bride’s sister, Pippa Middleton, will be the maid of honor, Prince William’s office said in an e-mailed statement Feb. 14.