Prince William & Kate Middleton: Coming To North America!

02/16/2011 at 12:00 PM EST

Prince William, Kate Middleton's Canada tour announced
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Getty; Inset: Mario Testion/Clarence House/Getty
It's official! Prince William and Kate Middleton are heading to Canada.

Just weeks after William, 28, and Kate, 29, return from their honeymoon, the newly-minted princess will be thrust into her first royal tour.

"Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have accepted an invitation from the government of Canada to undertake a Royal Tour," the palace said in a statement. The tour will include Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the National Capital Region.





Their trip will run from June 30 to July 8, meaning the couple will be in Canada for the country's national holiday, Canada Day, on July 1.

Royal tours can be demanding, as the itineraries are typically packed with events, and this one is no exception – the royal couple will be out in public for much of the nine days.

And coming so soon after the wedding and other official engagements, the tour will be a full-blown baptism for Kate into the public side of royal life.

But the Canadian tour is just the beginning of a busy summer for the newlyweds. They will return to Britain in time attend two family weddings: William's cousin Zara Phillips is set to marry this summer and his uncle, Charles Spencer, has just announced that his third marriage will take place in June.

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