Prince William & Kate to Face Off in July 4 Dragonboat Race
As more details are released about the couple's much-anticipated North American tour, royal watchers can mark July 4 as when to find out!
The couple's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, says their day on Canada's Prince Edward Island will include a race across a lake – and it will be hands-on.
"Their Royal Highnesses will … team up with Dragonboat racers, taking a boat each – although I hasten to add, not themselves paddling, though probably steering – and they will race across the lake to the opposite bank where crowds will be gathered," Lowther-Pinkerton reveals. "After congratulating the winning team, the couple will be welcomed by First Nations people with a traditional 'smudging' ceremony."
Soon after, the royals will aim to sample some local delicacies, which might include raspberry cordial, chocolate covered potato crisps and P.E.I.'s famous lobster. From there the pair will head to the dunes of the beach, where "young people will be engaged in a range of beach sports, and the couple will start one of the games and present prizes to the winners of various competitions," Lowther-Pinkerton says.
William will see some serious action on the day as well. He's due to "participate in a Canadian Air Force demonstration at a nearby lake. The Canadian Search and Rescue Force is the only one in the world to undertake 'Waterbirding,' a technique whereby a Sea King helicopter makes a controlled landing on water," says the couple's secretary.
After their Canada visit, William and Kate will head to California for more royal engagements.