Royal newlyweds take "small" entourage to North America

Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:50am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Royal newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take an entourage of seven people on their upcoming visit to North America, palace officials said on Wednesday.

The team, which British media described as unusually small, will not include a separate dresser for Kate Middleton, who married Prince William in a glittering royal ceremony on April 29 and has since become a top fashion icon.

The Duchess will also do without a lady-in-waiting, an official female companion, although she will be accompanied by her hairdresser James Pryce.

The couple flies out to Canada on June 30, in the Duchess' first official overseas trip as a member of the monarchy.

Toward the end of the trip, William and Catherine will attend a special "BAFTA Brits to Watch" event in Los Angeles on July 9 designed to promote up-and-coming talent in film, television and video gaming.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White and Phil Noble; Editing by Steve Addison)

<p>Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), sits next to her husband Prince William as they leave the Order of the Garter service at St. George's chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle, in Windsor, southern England, June 13, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning</p>