Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Log cabin love nest for royals

Prince William and Kate have been holed up in a mountain lodge

A rustic log cabin in the heart of the Canadian Rockies has been turned into a love nest by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

William and Kate took a 24-hour break from their busy tour of the Commonwealth country to go hiking in the area.

The couple stayed at the private Skoki Lodge, deep in the Rocky Mountains and miles above the tourist village of Lake Louise.

Its remoteness is likely to have provided some welcome privacy for the royal couple, who have been filmed and photographed extensively throughout their tour of Canada.

The Skoki Lodge is situated in a beautiful high alpine region of the Banff National Park.

During the summer season the Lodge charges rates of 189 to 263 Canadian dollars per person - £122 to £170 - and also offers a number of cabins for guests.

The couple arrived on Wednesday afternoon and were joined by their private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, and their Canadian equerry.

A picnic was supplied for them and the warm summer conditions would have allowed them to spend a lot of their visit in the open air.

Later, the Duke and Duchess will receive a traditional Calgary welcome when they are presented with "ten gallon" hats.

William and Kate will be "white-hatted" when they fly into the city's airport from their break in the Rockies. The metropolis is home to the Calgary Stampede, the world famous annual rodeo and festival which is billed as the greatest show on earth.

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