February 16, 2011 / 3:43 PM / in 7 years

Prince William, Kate to visit Canada post-wedding

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Canada from June 30 to July 8 on their first official foreign trip as a married couple, British and Canadian officials said Wednesday.

<p>Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose in St. James's Palace, November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett</p>

The tour will include the provinces of Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, the Canadian capital Ottawa as well as the Northwest Territories.

“Their decision to come to Canada first is a testament to our country’s very close relationship with the Royal Family,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement.

Queen Elizabeth, who is Canada’s head of state, visited in 2010. Middleton will marry the second-in-line to the British throne on April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London.

A spokesman for William said the prince was keen to visit Canada himself and to show his new wife a country close to his family’s heart.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Janet Guttsman and Paul Casciato

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