They'll be serenaded, escorted by Mounties and treated to speeches

By Stephen M. Silverman
June 14, 2011 03:20 PM
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Talk about timing.

When they embark on their North American tour, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will be spending July 1’s Canada Day holiday – where else? – in Canada.

They’ll be on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, to be precise, for ceremonies kicking off at 12:07 p.m., it was announced Tuesday.

With a Royal Canadian Mounted Police escort, the couple will be greeted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family – wife Laureen and their children Ben and Rachel – as well as Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Other VIPs include Governor General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon.

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In addition to a 21-gun salute, a CF-18 fighter-jet flyover and renditions of “O Canada” and “God Save the Queen,” the hour-long ceremony will include performances by Sam Roberts, Great Big Sea and Maria Aragon, a 10-year-old from Winnipeg who earlier this year performed a duet with Lady Gaga in Toronto.

Prince William is scheduled to deliver a brief speech at 1:14 ET, before he and Kate tour Parliament.

Other stops on the couple’s Canadian tour, which kicks off June 30, include Montreal – for the final Saturday of the Montreal Jazz Festival – Quebec City, Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., Yellowknife and Calgary. The Duchess is apparently a fan of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, a book set in Prince Edward Island, which could explain this stop off.

On Friday, July 8, they are set to arrive for the California leg of their journey.

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