We are back with a very quick post about the upcoming tour of Canada and a new video released today.
On the autumn tour front it looks like we have a date for the tour: a CBC story reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire will spend September 28th with William and Kate in Whitehorse, in Canada’s Yukon territory. From the CBC report:
They’re expected to arrive in Whitehorse on Sept. 28, and spend a day in the territory with the prime minister and his wife, as well as Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
Events and activities — not yet announced — will be within “driving distance” from Whitehorse, the email says.
That doesn’t give us all of the dates for the tour, but it certainly offers a time frame. The email referenced above is one that was apparently leaked, it is described as an “internal Yukon government email”.
Our other topic today involves a new video from William, Kate and Harry as tomorrow’s opening ceremony for the Rio 2016 Games draws near.
The 2-minute piece features the trio of young royals wishing Team GB good luck and exhorting everyone in Great Britain to do the same.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 4, 2016
Each of the three royals has a speaking role, delivering two or three different lines. Prince Harry says “Each member of Team GB will have a unique journey, but they all share the same aim – to deliver the best performance they possibly can.”
In a portion of her speaking role Kate notes that “We are all so excited to see what can be achieved in Rio.”
Prince William: “We have some of the most passionate supporters in the world, and we can’t wait to cheer on our athletes together this time around in Rio.”
Harry closes the video, saying “Bring on the Great!”
It looks like William and Kate’s portion was shot after the America’s Cup races in July.
Kate is wearing what looks like one of her Henri Lloyd Land Rover BAR tops.
One other note of interest, Andy Murray has been named the flag bearer for tomorrow night’s opening ceremonies. Today formal team portraits were taken, and there was a bit of flag wrangling involved.
In the US coverage of the Opening Ceremony on NBC begins at 7:30pm EDT. Rio is 1 hour ahead of EDT, 4 hours behind BST (British Summer Time).
Our final tidbit is about the umbrellas we frequently see members of the royal family carrying. They are by Fulton Umbrellas and a Hello! story this week has some great details on the company. Fulton holds a royal warrant and has been supplying the royal family’s umbrellas for decades.
Below, William, Kate & Harry beneath Fulton umbrellas during the Battle of the Somme commemoration.
The reason I share the piece is because there is often discussion about HM’s umbrellas when we show them in a post or share them on the Facebook page. From the Hello! story by Emily Nash and Ainhoa Barcelona:
At the start of each season, Nigel is approached by the Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser Angela Kelly, to design bespoke brollies for the monarch. Her Majesty favours the transparent birdcage style, a love she inherited from the Queen Mother who was the first royal to carry a Fulton umbrella.
The Queen with one of her color coordinated Fultons.
The story offers insight into how the umbrellas are made to match HM’s clothing and accessories. Below, the Duke uses a Fulton umbrella to try and keep the Duchess dry as the couple arrives for the War Horse premiere in January, 2012.
Click here to read the entire Hello! piece.
We will see you next week!
- The Rio 2016 website is here, the schedule of events is here, primary Twitter feed is here, NBC’s list of 100 must-follow social media accounts is here
- The Team GB website is here, the organization’s Facebook page is here, its Instagram page is here and Twitter feed here
- If in the US and hoping to connect with Team USA, the website is here, the group’s Facebook page is here, Instagram page is here and Twitter feed here