Prince George wants Prince George and Royal Family to visit


Now that it’s been confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be making their second visit to Canada this fall, officials from British Columbia and the Yukon are hoping their cities will fall on the royal itinerary.

So far there’s been no confirmation on which specific cities William and Kate will visit, or whether their two young children Prince George and Princess Charlotte will also be in attendance. But at least one mayor is already actively involved in efforts to entice the royal duo.

Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall says he found out about the upcoming visit from local media and is preparing a letter of request to send to Gov. Gen. David Johnston. He suspects the planning involved would consider things like the timing of community events and budget. However, Hall admits there are plenty of reasons to incorporate Prince George on the trip, particularly since it shares the same name as the couple’s son. The city even commemorated his birth in 2013 with a ceremony outside of city hall.

“We’re one year past our 100th celebration and one year past our 25th anniversary for the University of Northern British Columbia,” Hall told Yahoo Canada News. “The Queen was here 25 years ago to open up the university. From that perspective, maybe there’s a draw there.”

A representative from the City of Vancouver said the Canadian Heritage department and the Office of B.C. Protocol sort out the details of such a high profile visit, and that it wasn’t clear if the city had reached out with a letter of request.

Carolyn Harris, historian and author of several books on the monarchy, says that with a visit like the one planned for B.C. and the Yukon, the royal couple is in consultation with organizers.

“During their 2011 royal tour, there was speculation that the Prince Edward Island itinerary took into account the Duchess of Cambridge’s enthusiasm for Anne of Green Gables,” she says. “There’s an official side to these itineraries but there’s also opportunity to take the royals’ interests into account.”

They will also likely be involved in philanthropic events during their tour. Some of the couple’s causes and interests include children’s mental health, anti-bullying initiatives and organic farming.

And while the royal couple have been criticized as being lazy, compared to Prince Harry, who recently was tested for HIV live on Facebook to educate the public and is a champion for the Invictus Games, Harris says it’s a result of lifestyle.

“They have two young children, and that would certainly influence the number of public engagements that they undertake,” she says.

Regardless of where Will and Kate end up, it’s guaranteed to be a spectacle.

“Any time the royals visit a community, it’s a huge event,” Hall says. “It really does put you on the map.”