The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also referred to as Will and Kate, will arrive in Calgary from July 7th and 8th – just in time to kickoff the 2011 Calgary Stampede!
This is a big deal for us from the Calgary area. Royal visits have meant an appearance by King Ralph in the past. This visit by the newlyweds is huge!
Their Royal Highnesses will help kick off the Stampede Parade on July 8, 2011. It is at the parade that well-wishers wanting a glimpse of royalty will have their best chance.
Our list today is to prepare those who may, somehow, get a chance to meet the Royal Couple. How are you supposed to act? What is Royal Etiquette?
Here are our thoughts on Royal Etiquette
1. Under no circumstances should you try to give Will a neck massage. He is likely not a tense as he looks.
2. It is best to refrain from eating Doritos in their presence. Just think how silly you will look with crumbs on your face and dirty fingers when you shake their hands.
3. I do not care how funny you think it is, Will nor Kate will not pull your finger.
4. During this visit, The Royal Couple are the only people to be addressed as “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”. It does not matter if you live at Cambridge Manor in Edmonton.
5. Do not imply that the Queen is more than two centuries old. In case you did not know, the Queen is Will’s grandmother.
6. No winking at Kate. Not cool.
7. It is not necessary to ask the couple if they been to London and seen the Queen.
You have been warned…
Here is some additional information about the Royal Visit to Calgary
Before the parade begins, Will and Kate will drive in a motorcade along the parade route. Be warned, they will not travel in the actual parade.
To see the motorcade here is what you need to do. Be in place at the parade by 8:30 a.m. They will be travelling west from the 9th Avenue and 3rd Street S.E. area. If you have no idea where that is, Google it.
When the motorcade completes its route, Their Royal Highnesses will join Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Parade Marshal Rick Hansen to officially begin the parade. The Stampede parade is scheduled to begin at 8:55 a.m., from 6th Avenue and 3rd Street S.E.
In addition to the Stampede Parade, the public will have two other opportunities to view The Royal Couple. On July 7, at the BMO Centre and July 8 at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park. In both cases, wristbands will be distributed in advance to ensure access to the event sites. These wrist bands were given out yesterday morning and are likely no longer available. Sorry.