Royal aides have penciled in a two day visit to Hollywood at the end of their tour of Canada which takes place in late June and early July. It will be their first overseas visit as a married couple. At this stage details are sketchy - the royal honeymoon was canceled at short notice - but early July is the date that aides are talking about.
The visit to the city of screen dreams would cement their status as the most talked about and glamorous couple of the year. It looks likely that David and Victoria Beckham, who were guests at the royal wedding on Friday, would be involved. They have lived in Hollywood ever since David transferred to the LA Galaxy. Certainly their palatial Bel Air home would be fit to entertain a future king and queen.
Before arriving in California the couple first visit Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Alberta and North West Territories, staying in the country for Canada Day on July 1. It will be Kate's baptism of fire, out and about in public for nine days before heading for California. Diana's first overseas tour was to Australia in 1983. Then she started out a shy, rather nervous young girl and came back to Britain a seasoned pro.
With the memory of the wedding still fresh, the newly-minted Duchess of Cambridge is assured of a tumultuous welcome. By contrast when Charles and Camilla visited Canada last year their reception was lukewarm to tepid, few Canadians bothering to turn out to see them.
- Royal photographer Hugo Burnand, who took the delightful official pictures of the royal wedding inside Buckingham Palace, told me this morning that he was more nervous chatting with TV presenter Adrian Chiles, of ITV's Daybreak morning show, than taking snaps of the happy couple and their entourage.
- How did Burnand keep the chattering royal throng looking his way and interested?He bribed the pageboys and bridesmaids with jellybeans. At Sarah and Andrew's wedding, photographer Albert Watson used a hooter to get everyone's attention while at Diana and Charles's wedding Patrick Lichfield used a whistle.
- There is mounting speculation that Kate and William canceled their honeymoon at short notice on advice from the Prime Minister who had been made aware, in general terms, of the impending operation against Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Just days before the wedding, royal aides were keeping mum about the honeymoon destination, but privately indicating that William had taken two weeks leave in anticipation of a romantic getaway. All that changed over the weekend, Clarence House then saying that William's decision to return to duty as a search and rescue helicopter pilot at RAF Valley on Tuesday was always on the cards. So why then did Kate going shopping on the Kings Road for sun dresses, knickers and all the paraphernalia of a sunshine holiday if they were staying home? And did the Americans delay the operation for a hours so that the royal wedding could go off without incident? Watch this space.