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Cambridges invited to visit Canada

Press AssociationPress Association 6/07/2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children have been invited on a royal tour of Canada by the Canadian prime minister.

Justin Trudeau has asked William, Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte to visit in the run up to the 2017 celebrations of Canada's 150th anniversary.

A formal invitation has been sent and early preparations are under way with the trip potentially taking place this autumn, according to the country's Globe and Mail.

The Globe and Mail described the possible royal visit as a "match made in paparazzi heaven, featuring Prince William, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their equally telegenic families".

Trudeau's director of communications Kate Purchase said: "The Prime Minister certainly has invited William and Kate and family to come to Canada whenever they are available on their schedule."

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

William and Kate last visited Canada as newlyweds in 2011. There would be plenty of company for the young royals if William and Kate decide to bring their children along too.

Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau have three children - eight-year-old Xavier, seven-year-old Ella-Grace and two-year-old Hadrien.

It would be one-year-old Charlotte's first official foreign tour. George joined his parents on a tour of Australia and New Zealand when he was nine months old.

But the George and Charlotte stayed at home with their nanny when the Duke and Duchess visited India and Bhutan earlier this year.

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