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Posted at 12:05 AM ET, 02/17/2011

William and Kate: off to Canada

By Autumn Brewington

Royal officials have confirmed that Prince William and Kate Middleton's first royal overseas tour as a married couple will be to Canada. The couple will spend nine days this summer visiting Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario.

The trip, scheduled from June 30 to July 8, means the couple will be in the country for the July 1 Canada Day holiday. They are to take part in celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the capital, the National Post reported.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who invited the couple after their engagement was announced in November, 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."

Canada's postal service announced early this month that it would issue commemorative stamps to mark William and Kate's wedding on April 29.

William visited Canada with both his parents and younger brother in 1991 and with his father and brother in 1998.

By Autumn Brewington  | February 17, 2011; 12:05 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Prince William, Travel  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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