Kate Middleton's Royal Reinvention

U.S., Canadian Tour to shed light on the duchess' royal role.

ByABC News
May 30, 2011, 3:16 PM

May 31, 2011 -- From Westminster Abbey to a delayed honeymoon in Seychelles to her local grocery store, Duchess Kate Middleton has been on the move since marrying Prince William in a fairy tale wedding at London's Westminster Abbey April 29.

Now, as the new royal and her groom prepare for their royal coming out -- a full-fledged tour to Canada and the United States later this month -- royal gazers are closely watching how the young couple will put their own stamp on centuries of royal tradition.

"This is our chance to really see the royal couple for first time since the wedding," ABC News royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said today on "Good Morning America."

William and Kate -- now formally the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -– will embark June 30 on a nine-day, eight-city tour that will take them from Ottawa and Montreal through the Northwest Territories of Canada before making their way down to Los Angeles for for a grand finale.

The overseas trip will mark their first as a married couple, and an opportunity for the newlyweds to showcase the new breed of monarchs that some are calling the "modern royals": going to college, having careers and marrying for love.

"They'll be visiting the rodeo. He'll fly a helicopter," Duncan Larcombe, ABC News contributor and royal correspondent for Great Britain's the Sun newspaper, said of the couple's planned itinerary.

"I think they'll have a few more surprises for us."

Even as they attempt to live the royal life on their own terms, William and Kate will not escape the scrutiny to which the royal family is subjected.

And, on this trip, that scrutiny will most heavily be focused on the new bride, and part two of her royal reinvention.