Canada Day: William and Kate make their international married debut
The latest polls show Canada is as smitten with William and Kate as the couple seems to be with each other. But will that help them convince Canadians of the royal family's continued relevancy?
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“I think having a king and queen is the stuff of fairy tales, so it’s kind of cool. It’s like a blast from the past. But I don’t see how they are relevant,” he says.Skip to next paragraph
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Trying to appear 'normal'
It’s people like Levergood that William and Kate will try to win over during their nine-day tour. Their itinerary is heavily focused on youth and emphasizes some of the couple’s personal interests. It includes a stop in Prince Edward Island, to visit the location where one of Kate's favorite books, Anne of Green Gables, is set. They will also visit a facility for young cancer patients and a cooking school in Quebec, attend dragon boat races and other “beach activities” in Prince Edward Island, and meet with aboriginal youth in the Northwest Territories. There is speculation that William, known for his spontaneity, may play street hockey.
The couple also hopes to appear as “normal” as possible. They are known to do their own shopping, cooking, and washing up when they are at home. They are bringing a reduced staff of seven people on their Canadian tour. Unlike other royal women, including her famous mother-in-law, Princess Diana, Kate has declined to bring along a dresser to look after her wardrobe.
Harris says the pair will inevitably be compared to William’s parents. Prince Charles and Diana visited Canada four times, and during their first visit two years after their marriage, Diana’s glamour and warmth attracted frenzied attention.
“It will be interesting to see if William and Kate operate like the queen and Prince Philip, where both bring their own strengths to a tour, or more like Charles and Diana, where Diana and her fashion choices tended to upstage Charles no matter what he did,” she says.
But ultimately, Harris says, their task will be to show that they are “in touch with modern society and the way ordinary people live.”
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