Ready, set, royals

Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will visit Skidegate and Queen Charlotte this Friday afternoon.

Prince William and Kate arrive in Whitehorse on Tuesday evening on Day 4 of their tour of B.C. and Yukon.

Sun and royal waves are coming to Haida Gwaii on Friday.

Just before noon, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will start their visit with a canoe trip from Skidegate Landing to the Kay Centre.

People are welcome to watch from the highway as they travel to the beach at Kay Llnagaay.

On the beach, Prince William and Kate will be greeted by Chief Gaahlaay, and will enter the Haida Heritage Centre for speeches, songs and dances.

The centre will be closed to the public, but shortly before 1 p.m., viewers will get another chance to see the Duke and Duchess as they step out to tour the Carving House and the poles in front of the Kay Centre.

Back inside, the royal couple will then enjoy local food, arts and crafts before setting out for the new Haida Gwaii Hospital – Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay.

The highway will be shut as the royal motorcade makes its way to the hospital just before 2 p.m.

Oceanview Drive will also be closed between Alder Street and the Sea Raven Motel from noon until 3 p.m. so that viewers can line up in front of the hospital for the royals’ arrival.

After touring the hospital, the couple will head to the Queen Charlotte boat launch at 2:40 p.m. for a fishing trip with local youth on the Highlander Ranger. (The boat launch will be closed for the day.)

Prince William and Kate will then return to the launch at about 3:30 p.m. and be whisked off by helicopter.

Wondering what to wear, or how to greet a Duke and Duchess if you get the chance?

The Royal Family says it does not want anyone to go to any expense dressing up.

The Council of the Haida Nation is encouraging Haidas to wear their regalia.

This Friday also coincides with the third annual Orange Shirt Day, when many students will be remembering survivors of Canada’s Indian residential schools by wearing bright orange shirts with a Haida hand design by Billy NC Yovanovich.

As for saying hello to Prince William and Kate, a simple handshake is welcome, “selfies” are not, and the Royal Family does not insist on bows or curtseys.

However, people are welcome to bow or curtsy if they want to — a bow should be “little more than a nod of the head,” and to curtsy, place your right foot behind your left heel and bend your knees just slightly.

 

Correction: An earlier version of this story said incorrectly that the royal couple would arrive at the Kay Centre rom Skidegate, but they will set out from Skidegate Landing.

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