WATCH: Find out when and where you can see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children on their royal visit to Victoria. April Lawrence reports.
A fresh coat of paint is going on at the main entrance to the Cridge Centre for the Family as it prepares for a royal visit.
“This is as big as it gets, this is very exciting for us, we’re so honoured, so blessed to have been chosen for this event,” said Joanne Specht, Manager of Communications at the Cridge Centre.
The Cridge Centre will host Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, October 1.
Their visit will last 30 minutes.
“It’s short but we’re going to pack as much in as we can,” said Specht.
One of the oldest charities in Western Canada, the Cridge Centre will introduce the royal couple to some of the people it has helped.
“Our history our philosophy of care here is to care for the vulnerable so we’re celebrating those people and honouring them for the way they have overcome,” said Specht.
It will be all hands on deck when the royals sail the seas on a tall ship later in the day.
“We’ll let them haul on some lines and let them have whatever part in the voyage they want to have,” said Loren Hagerty, Executive Director of the Sail and Life Training Centre.
The Sail and Life Training Centre, or SALTS, will host the Duke and Duchess along with 23 young people from the charity www.jack.org, which raises awareness for youth mental health.
“The visitors are passionate about working with young people and especially mental health issues so this is just a wonderful partnership of our two charities together,” said Hagerty.
They are already rolling out the red carpet at Government House, considered the Queen’s home away from home.
It will be the temporary home of 3-year-old Prince George and 1-year-old Princess Charlotte for the duration of the family’s visit to Canada.
The royals will be joined by a group of military families for a children’s party outside Government House on September 29.
But if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple your best chance is day one of their visit, September 24, when an official public welcome is held outside B.C.’s Parliament Buildings.
Public viewing opportunities:
Saturday, September 24
The family will travel to Victoria with the Royal Canadian Air Force and will be greeted at Victoria Airport before moving to Government House for a very brief stop.
The Duke and Duchess will then make their way to British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings. Here they will officially open their tour by paying respects at Victoria’s Cenotaph and will unveil a new plaque paying tribute to the veterans of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict. The official welcome to Canada will then get underway, featuring an honour guard and speeches. It will give The Duke and Duchess a chance to say hello to the people of Canada just hours after touching down in the country. Following this event Their Royal Highnesses will return to Government House where they will have meetings with senior Canadian leaders.
The public ceremony is expected to begin around 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1
The Duke and Duchess end their tour by taking part in a public official departure ceremony at Victoria Harbour Airport.
Event is tentatively scheduled for 3:40 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.