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Charlotte to join Kate and William on Canadian tour

By Laura Elston

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Canada will take them to the Great Bear Rainforest and the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii, Kensington Palace has announced.

William and Kate are heading to the country for a week-long official trip in September and are expected to be joined by their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

It would be Charlotte’s first official royal tour, but George travelled to Australia and New Zealand with his parents in 2014 when he was nine months old.

The royal visit — which will see the Duke and Duchess travel to Canada’s British Columbia province and Yukon territory — will begin in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, on Vancouver Island on September 24.

William and Kate will also travel to Vancouver itself, and then the island village of Bella Bella — the Heiltsuk Indian Reserve — and the Great Bear Rainforest — a wilderness which stretches for more than 250 miles along the Pacific coast of British Columbia and is known as the Amazon of the North.

The Duke and Duchess are to visit Kelowna in the region, before moving to Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon, north west Canada. Yukon became famous for the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s when some 100,000 people flocked to the territory, trying to find gold.

William and Kate will also journey to Haida Gwaii — a remote archipelago formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands — home of the Haida First Nations. The royal tour will then end on October 1 in the city of Victoria — which was named after William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

William and Kate made their first official visit to the country together as newly-weds in 2011, but this time are widely anticipated to have their young family — George, three, and 15-month-old Charlotte — in tow.

The young prince and princess stayed behind in the UK with their nanny when the Duke and Duchess visited India and Bhutan earlier this year.

In July, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, invited the whole family to visit.

The country’s Globe And Mail described the trip as a “match made in paparazzi heaven, featuring Prince William, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their equally telegenic families”.

Mr Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau have three children — eight-year-old Xavier, seven-year-old Ella-Grace and two-year-old Hadrien.

Former school teacher-turned-politician Mr Trudeau was elected last year, ending almost 10 years of Conservative rule in Canada. Earlier this year, he became the first Canadian prime minister to march in a gay pride parade.

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