Kate Middleton and Wiliam Receive Diamonds on Canadian Tour
7/7/2011 6:01:33 AM Shira
Prince William and Kate were presented with diamond gifts
during their nine-day Canadian tour, their first official
overseas tour since their wedding last April and the first
tour of its kind in Canada since Prince Charles and Princess
Diana visited in the 1980s. The royal couple’s visit was
financed by the Canadian government and is Middleton’s first
trip to Canada.
“This royal visit will be on a size and scale like nothing
Canada has seen,” said Canadian Heritage Minister James
The royal couple were present for Canada Day on July 1— an
official holiday marking the formation of Canada— and were given
polar-bear-shaped cufflinks and a brooch by the Northwest
Territories government. The gifts were comprised of hundreds of diamonds made by the Harry Winston company, and mined locally from
Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s North West Territories.
The gifts were presented to the couple during a small afternoon ceremony in
Yellowknife. The diamonds, whose value was not revealed by
the company, are said to symbolize the relations between the
Territories and the British monarchy.
“It is an honor to provide these gifts that combine Harry
Winston design and craftsmanship with the natural beauty of
Northwest Territories diamonds,” said Robert Gannicott, CEO
of Harry Winston.
The royal couple’s presence brought publicity and fanfare to
Yellowknife, an area not acclimatized to publicity or
celebrity presence. Formerly a gold mining hub, Yellowknife
is now a diamond mining center, boasting one of the highest
per capita incomes in all of Canada. Canada produces about ten
percent of the world’s diamonds and Canadian diamonds are
conflict-free, in contrast to those mined in war torn countries.
As part of the tour, the royal couple will visit the Canadian
airfield where Middleton's late grandfather, Peter Middleton,
was based during World War II.
"Canada is very much part of her family's story," said a