Duchess Talks About Hopes of Having a Family
Prince William and his new bride have only been married a few months, but that doesn't mean Canadian well-wishers aren't thinking about future heirs.
As Kate Middleton greeted fans in Quebec City on Sunday, one fan wished Kate well in starting a family. Kate who has not spoken publicly about having children, was overheard saying, "Yes, I hope to."
"It was really quite a surprise to hear her say that, quite an emotional response," said Katie Nicholl, an ABC News contributor and author of "The Making of a Royal Romance." "For Kate to give such an intimate aspiration is very special.
"You look at the two of them. It's the chemistry, the love between them. It won't be long before they will," she added.
The moment happened when two little girls went up to the royal couple to give them flowers. The father of one of the little girls, David Cheater, was the fan who received Kate's unexpected response.
According to People magazine, Cheater told reporters, "Kate said to me, 'What a beautiful daughter you have.' " The Duchess grazed the little girl's head with her hand and gave her a smile.
"It was privilege, a real privilege," Cheater said, holding 2-year-old daughter Raffaella.
Middleton's Wardrobe Inspired by Host Country
Hundred of thousands of revelers helped Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate Canada's independence day.
After arriving in a horse drawn carriage, the prince greated the massive crowd in french.
Kate embraced Canada Day in a white dress, red pumps and a red hat adorned with maple leaves, the nation's symbol. Royal watchers might recorgnize that dress. The duchess recycled it from her personal wardrobe, having worn it in her official engagement portrait.
Kate also wore a diamond maple leaf broach, on loan from Queen Elizabeth. The queen wore the pin during a visit to Canada in 1951. "It's been a great wardrobe for a great kickoff of the royal tour," royal expert Nicholls told ABC.
Traveling without a personal dresser, or lady-in-waiting, the duchess will rely on her longtime London hairdresser, James Pryce, who styled her wedding and engagement hair, for both fashion and hair advice.
Royal Couple's First Royal Trip Begins
Prince William and Kate Middleton are about to embark on a whirlwind visit to Canada, visiting seven cities in nine days.
Upon arrival today in Ottawa, the newlyweds will head directly to Canada's National War Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony.
Then they will travel to Rideau Hall, the official residence of Canada's governor general, David Johnston, where they will be welcomed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute.
On Friday, Kate and William will be celebrating Canada's birthday, the same day William's mother, the late Princess Diana, would have turned 50.
The duke and duchess's plans for Canada Day, the official holiday marking the formation of Canada into a single country, includes attending a citizenship ceremony and a parade on Parliament Hill, the public grounds of Canada's parliament buildings.
The royals are scheduled to arrive in the French-speaking province of Canada on Saturday, July 2, flying into Montreal and traveling to Quebec City on an overnight cruise ship.
In Montreal, they are to attend a tree-planting ceremony, meet with veterans and their families, visit the largest maternity center in Canada and attend a cooking workshop at a tourism and hotel institute. They will arrive in Quebec City the next morning, joining the crew of the HMCS Montreal in Sunday worship. Afterward, they are scheduled to visit an organization that caters to street youths, attend a military ceremony and join in the 375th-year celebration of the city of Levis.
Prince William and Kate Middleton Have Left for their Honeymoon
The couple's very public nuptials were followed by a quiet weekend in the UK, after which William returned to work as a Royal Air Force rescue pilot. It seems the nearly two-week delay, before their honeymoon, provided the ruse necessary to slip out of the country unnoticed.
The prince has taken a two week leave from his pilot's job, but the palace would not say whether the couple intends to honeymoon for the full two weeks.
And where exactly is the honeymoon fit for a future king and the newly crowned duchess of Cambridge? That question remains unanswered.
"We are not confirming and we are not commenting on speculation on where they may be going on their private honeymoon. We are just confirming that they have gone," stated a Clarence House spokesman.
Guesses include: Africa (where Will proposed last October), Australia, Jordan and the Caribbean.
The Daily Mail reports the prince whisked his new wife off to a private island paradise in Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
The German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt quoted Germany real estate mogul Farhad Vladi saying that he has rented an island in the Seychelles to the Britsh royal family.
"Yes, we rented the island to the British royal family," Vladi told the paper. "Prince William and his Kate are spending their honeymoon there. But you will understand that we are not saying anything further."
Vladi is the owner of Vladi Private Islands, a company that owns many exclusive, lush islands in beautiful and remote locations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Canapés, Wedding Cake and Champagne To Be Served
The lunch reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth for Prince William, Kate Middleton and approximately 650 guests will include canapés, the wedding cake and a chocolate biscuit cake, the palace announced.
About 10,000 canapés which took 21 chefs to prepare, feature all UK-based ingredients. They include roulade of goats cheese with caramelized walnuts, poached asparagus spears with hollandaise sauce for dipping, and miniature Yorkshire pudding with roast fillet of beef and horseradish mousse.
Pol Roger NV Brut Réserve Champagne will be served along with other drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Designed by Fiona Cairns, the eight tier wedding fruit cake is made up of 17 individual fruit cakes and cream and white icing. Decorations include 17 different varieties of 900 iced flowers and leaves.
Each of the 17 flowers and leaves have a meaning behind them, according to the Language of Flowers. Some include Sweet William, grant me one smile; Honeysuckle, the bond of love; and White Rose, the national symbol of England.
The chocolate biscuit cake, requested by Prince William, was made by Mcvitie's Cake Company. They used the royal family recipe that William loved growing up.
The official harpist to Prince Charles will play during the reception.