Prince William and Princess Catherine are in Ottawa from June 30 – July 2, 2011!
Prince William and Princess Catherine are expected to arrive this afternoon around 2 p.m. in Ottawa, Thursday, June 30, to begin their excellent Canadian adventure. Ottawa is normally a busy place during Canada Day weekend with thousands of proud Canadians flocking to the capital; but, this Canada Day is expected to be packed like no other with the addition of royal fans and an army of media from around the world. If you’re hoping to get a hotel room now… there is limited availability in some hotels. So good luck! You can check online here: Ottawa Tourism. If you’re unlucky, at this point…camping might be your next option.
If you live in or near Ottawa – or are willing to make a road trip, here is the Royal couple’s itinerary while in Ontario.
- Arrive in Ottawa at 2pm: brief official welcomes
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial: Shortly after their arrival, their first official function will be to lay a wreath at the foot of this memorial.
- Rideau Hall: The public are invited (how nice!) to begin gathering at Rideau Hall around 1 p.m. for the couple’s expected arrival at 3:15 p.m.. They will be greeted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Governor General and receive full military honours including a 21-gun salute. (Awesome!)
- Museum of Civilization: Around mid-morning they will attend a citizenship ceremony and hand out citizenships to a few lucky new Canadians. Then it’s off to Parliament Hill for Canada Day noon-hour celebrations, where William will address the crowd. They’ll break for the afternoon and then return for the evening concert to see Great Big Sea and others.
- Rideau Hall: Prime Minister Harper invites the kids back for a little yard work to plant a tree on the grounds. They will be rewarded for their hard work with a reception for war veterans. Then it’s off to Montreal!
For a little fun, here’s a cute video to watch about Will & Kate’s visit to Ottawa: http://youtu.be/oylPvA8dDOM.
FYI – we’re referring to Will & Kate as Prince & Princess because we can and we like it much better than Duke & Duchess. From The Daily Telegraph, (Saturday April 30, 2011 – A2) “… in a break with protocol, Paddy Harverson, the Prince of Wales’s communications secretary, encouraged the public to use the names Prince William and Princess Catherine if they preferred.” We definitely prefer.