British royalty to visit Victoria in September

An official welcome is planned Sept. 24 for Prince William and his wife Kate.

VICTORIA — Victoria will be home base for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they make their second visit to Canada in late September, according to the Victoria News.

The schedule suggests the royal couple will bring their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, although there has been no confirmation of that, the newspaper said.

An official welcome is planned Sept. 24 in Victoria. The next day Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Vancouver.

The royal couple have accepted the B.C. government’s invitation to visit the area now known internationally as the Great Bear Rainforest, with a stop in Bella Bella on the remote Central Coast on Sept. 26.

After visiting Kelowna, Whitehorse, Yukon and Carcross on Sept. 27-28, they will return to Victoria Sept. 29 and travel to Haida Gwaii on Sept. 30. The tour winds up in Victoria on Oct. 1.

The duke and duchess made their first official visit to Canada in 2011, with stops in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Yellowknife, Slave Lake and Calgary.

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry visited B.C. with their father Prince Charles in 1998, including a ski vacation to Whistler.

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