1,300 journos to cover William and Catherine in Canada

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A whopping 1,300 journalists are accredited to cover Britain's Prince William and his new wife Catherine's visit to Canada from June 30 to July 7, Heritage Minister James Moore said Tuesday.

It is almost twice the number that followed the prince's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, during her trip to the Commonwealth country last year.

Among them will be 241 foreign journalists, including from Japan, China, India and Qatar, Moore told a media briefing to highlight the massive interest from around the world in the couple's first visit abroad as newlyweds.

From donning aprons in a cookery workshop to taking part in a boat race, the packed nine-day tour is being billed by royal officials as a hands-on affair, and an energetic contrast to the more reserved approach taken by the queen on foreign tours.

It is, however, like several royal visits to this country in the past, also expected to see a few bumps as anti-monarchists in Quebec have vowed to disrupt the royals' public events in the mostly French-speaking province.

Moore noted that the role of the monarchy in Canada has always been a subject of fierce debate, pitting monarchists against republicans, but he asked protestors to "be respectful."

"I know that there are many people across Canada as well as in Quebec who will be very excited to see the duke and duchess here in Canada," he added.

© 2011 AFP

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