Justin Trudeau has extended an invitation to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to pay another visit to Canada after a five-year hiatus. The prime minister's director of communications Kate Purchase told the Globe and Mail that the royal couple are welcome to tour the Great White North "whenever they are available on their schedule."
A formal letter has been sent, says Kate, adding that a visit is "a possibility, but again, we don’t have any confirmation. From the Prime Minister’s perspective, we invited them whenever their schedules permitted it."
Prince William and Kate chose Canada as the destination for their first official tour as a married couple in 2011. The newlyweds spent nine days in the country, making stops in Ottawa, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
This time around, officials are hopeful that should the parents of two decide to make the trip across the pond they will do so with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte by their sides. The royal pair's last tour was to India and Bhutan in April.
The government is actively preparing to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary next year and a visit by the royal couple would be a welcome addition to a long list of celebratory events. Prince Harry has already signed up to help honour the occasion by hosting his third Invictus Games competition in Toronto next September. The 31-year-old kicked off the countdown to the event during a moving ceremony at the Royal York Hotel in May, which was attended by the Canadian prime minister.
Justin is keen to work closely with the Royal Family on a variety of charitable efforts, including Prince Charles's Prince's Charities Canada (PCC). The 44-year-old politician Tweeted his support of the organization on July 5, writing, "Here’s to another year of friendship & cooperation with @ClarenceHouse & @PCC_OBPC."
While Justin has yet to meet Prince William and Kate, the father of three has already made quite an impression on the Queen, who he visited at Buckingham Palace last November. The two reunited a week later at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting banquet in Malta, where Her Majesty joked that the young politician made her feel old.