Canada royal wedding gift: outdoor gear, donation
Canada announced Thursday its wedding gift for Prince William and Kate Middleton: a donation in their name to a search and rescue group and wilderness gear "to experience Canada's natural splendor."
The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary was chosen by the couple to be the beneficiary of a special charitable fund set up to celebrate their wedding and to which the Canadian government is donating CAN$50,000.
The not-for-profit organization's volunteers provide search and rescue and nautical safety programs in support of the Canadian Coast Guard.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen have also arranged for a personal gift of "outdoor equipment for use when the royal couple experience Canada's natural splendor later this year," said a statement.
William and Kate are to visit Canada from June 30 to July 8, two months after their wedding on April 29. It will be their first official trip outside Britain as newlyweds.
William, a search and rescue pilot, is in line after his father Prince Charles to the throne for the 16 Commonwealth realms, including Britain, Canada Australia and New Zealand.
The Canadian tour by William, 28, and Kate, 29, will include Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the capital Ottawa, said St. James's Palace.
© 2011 AFP