England’s soon-to-be newlyweds will be paying a royal visit to Canada next summer, with stops scheduled across the country, including the NWT.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be touring the country from June 30 to July 8, spending Canada Day in Ottawa.
Premier Floyd Roland said that the plans for their NWT visit are still in the works, but more details will of the visit will be made public at a later date.
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton on their first official visit to the NWT,” said Roland in a statement. “This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the wonderful hospitality of NWT residents and some of the best of what the NWT has to offer visitors.”
“We are honoured to know that of the many places in the Commonwealth that the royal couple could visit, the Northwest Territories is near the top of their list. We are looking forward to hosting them in July and having the opportunity to introduce them and the world to what the Northwest Territories has to offer.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the visit during the Feb. 16 sitting of the House of Commons.
“His Royal Highness and Ms. Middleton will visit all regions, meet Canadians from all walks of life and experience first-hand the beauty and vastness of this country,” he said. “I am sure Canadians will be as wildly enthusiastic in their reception of this visit as all members of the House appear to be.”
The last Royal visit to the NWT was in 1994 when Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit.