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How to Plan a Royal Tour

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 30, 2016

How to Plan a Royal Tour

PHOTO: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

Planning anyone’s travel itinerary is a lot of work: where to stay, what to do, coordinating activities and transportation to be absolutely seamless takes effort, but a royal tour — that takes six months. 

“As you might expect, royal tours are logistical nightmares. The itinerary took six months to plan, according to a Canadian Government spokesperson who helped to coordinate the trip,” writes Hazel Plush for the Telegraph

Four different groups worked together to craft the royal journey through Canada. 

“Royal tours are mixture of different types of engagements: some are large public forums or ceremonies; others are meetings and discussions with small groups, or visits to small communities,” officials told the Telegraph. 

The couple visited Great Bear Rainforest – home of the white-fur spirit bear – First Nations communities, vineyards and Haida Gwaii, an archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia,” according to the Telegraph. 

“The Government receives requests for tours from the provinces and territories, which are reviewed in close concert with the Government of Canada's objectives. Care is taken to ensure that such tours are done on a rotational basis, so members of the Royal Family spend time in all regions of the country,” the Department of Canadian Heritage told the Telegraph. 

While it sounds glamorous, the Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner, an expert on the Royals, notes that their schedules are pretty rigorous. 

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“Touring the world meeting heads of state and being shown cultural treasures sounds like a wonderful life. Yet I have no envy for the Royal family. Their visits to world-famous sites rarely last more than 40 minutes, and the chances are they will never return.” 

For more on the Royal tour of Canada — and gorgeous photos of the family during their visit — read on here

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