Prince William and Kate - Saturday in Canada

Prince William and Kate at a tree planting ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, as part of their Royal Tour of Canada Saturday, July 2, 2011
Prince William and Kate at a tree planting ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, as part of their Royal Tour of Canada Saturday, July 2, 2011
On Saturday Prince William and Kate traveled to the French-speaking province of Quebec as the royal newlyweds continue a nine-day jaunt through Canada on their first official overseas trip.

They will go to the Government House and take part in a tree-planting ceremony. They will also attend an early afternoon reception at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa with:
  • veterans
  • war brides and their families

After which they will fly to Quebec where they will stay for two days.

Kate and Will will also visit Montreal where they will visit a children's hospital and take part in a cooking workshop. After they will take an overnight trip down the St. Lawrence Seaway to Quebec City a board a navy ship for

Protesters Waiting

Prince William and Kate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour the War Museum in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday July 2, 2011.
There is a planned protest during their stop in Montreal and Quebec City by the Quebec nationalist.

Reseau de Resistance du Quebecois or Quebecker Resistance Network which is the militant separatist group also said they plan to protest on Saturday July 2, 2011 outside the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre during the royal couple's visit.

A coalition of other groups will hold a press conference in support of the more militant RRQ, Gaudreau said.

More than 100 people will demonstrate outside city hall in Quebec City on Sunday, some of them coming in by bus from other parts of the province said RRQ spokesman Julien Gaudreau. TheY intended to keep pressure on the couple during both their days in Quebec, he said.

Not Welcome Here
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveil a painting at the War Museum in Ottawa on Saturday July 2, 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveil a painting at the War Museum in Ottawa on Saturday July 2, 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveil a painting at the War Museum in Ottawa on Saturday July 2, 2011

"We want the message to get across that the monarchy is not welcome in Quebec — there are people who aren't happy," said protest organizer Patrick Bourgeois, leader of the Quebecker Resistance Network. "We want it to be unpleasant for him."

In 2009 when Prince Charles, Prince William's father visited Montreal, some 200 separatist protesters protested his visit.

They sat in the street and blocked the prince's way into a ceremony planned at an armory, they also threw eggs at the soldiers who were accompanying Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

They had to use a back door to get into the building and they missed an elaborate welcoming ceremony.

During a trip in 1964 Queen Elizabeth II who is Prince William's grandmother didn't get any better treatment. As she visited Montreal, helmeted police officers clashed with several hundred boisterous marchers, who flashed their rendition of an obscene gesture, a two-finger "V'' signs at her.

And in 1990, the Canada Day celebrations were briefly disrupted by protesters from Quebec who booed and turned their back on the queen.

Groups Support Declining

Kate smiles after lifting a spade of dirt during a tree planting ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, as part of their Royal Tour of Canada Saturday, July 2, 2011
Kate smiles after lifting a spade of dirt during a tree planting ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, as part of their Royal Tour of Canada Saturday, July 2, 2011
Support however for such groups has been declining in recent years as the 80-percent French-speaking province has enjoyed plenty of autonomy even without quitting Canada. Such as:

  • It sets its own income tax
  • It has its own immigration policy favoring French-speakers
  • It bases its legal code on France's
  • It has legislation favoring the use of French over English

During the May 2 parliamentary elections, the separatist Bloc Quebecois wnet from 47 seats to 4 in the 308-seat federal Parliament, rendering it all but impotent at the national level at a time when Quebec separatists are also out of office in their own province.

Arriving on Thursday June 30, 2011 in Canada's largely English-speaking capital, Ottawa to cheering crowds, the royal couple was poised and confident as they thrilled crowds of well-wishers. They also shook hands and accept flowers and other gifts.

William and Kate joined in Canada Day celebrations on Friday, often stealing the show as they were feted by Canadian leaders and cheered by tens of thousands who lined the streets to get a glimpse of them.

Now So Welcoming

Eyes for each other - Kate and William share an intimate look
Kate and William share an intimate look
Their trip to Quebec may not be as welcoming. Some Quebec residents this year said they could care less them visiting and angry that taxpayer money is being used to pay for the royal tour.

Johane Beaupre, a 46-year-old Montreal teacher, said although she's not going to protest, she supports the protesters.

"It's an unnecessary expense that yields nothing," Beaupre said of the visit. "(The monarchy) is a thing of the past."

Michael Behiels, an Ottawa University professor, said there was much hostility between the French and the English in the years following Great Britain's 1759 Conquest of New France — which is present day Quebec.

Public support in Quebec for the British royal family declined in the 20th century Behiels said after the province's youth were conscripted to serve in the First and Second World Wars and when Quebec's separatism movement gained momentum in the 1960s.

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