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On tour: William and Kate to wow Canada and US

Independent.ie reporters

Published 31/05/2011 | 11:01

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit at least nine cities and see a rodeo during an extensive first official tour together through North America.

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William and Kate will travel more than 22,530km in 11 days during next month’s tour of Canada and America, in what will be the new bride’s first visit to both countries.

St James’s Palace on Monday released a brief itinerary of the couple’s trip, which will take in nine cities throughout the region from June 30 to July 10.

A royal source said the couple was “very much looking forward to their first joint royal tour”.

It is understood that the Canadian government will foot the $2m bill.

The newly married pair, who are said to be “eagerly anticipating” their summer tour, will be flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force during their nine days in Canada before they are flown to Los Angeles for their three day tour.

One of the tour’s highlights will be the royal couple's appearance at Canada Day celebrations in the Ottawa on July 1.

The visit to Alberta, during their final leg, also coincides with the opening of the city's world-famous rodeo event, the Calgary Stampede – an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival dubbed the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth".

The pair will then take in a glimpse of Hollywood, when they travel to Los Angeles and the surrounding area on a three-day official visit supporting Britain's interests in America.

While the Duchess has never touched down on American soil, it will also be the first time her husband has visited the country in an official capacity.

The pair, who married last month at Westminster Abbey, will then take a “scheduled” flight home from Los Angeles.

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