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Royal media circus comes to Canada

July 6, 2011

The last few days have been frantic to say the least as part of the traveling media circus following William and Kate across Canada.

There are no media charter flights on this particular tour which means that in order to stay apace with the couple’s Canadian airforce jet we are constantly having to decide which events to shoot whilst leaving us enough time to dash to the airport to get our scheduled flights.

This is a nightmare, as you just never know where the picture will happen and you are making decisions based purely on pre-tour briefings and judgment. Fortunately, we are blessed with a hugely talented pool of local photographers in Canada who can still provide coverage at events whilst I race to the airport repacking my kit as I go.

The last few days have been more manic than usual with the couple hopping from the east of the country at Prince Edward Island all the way north to the arctic circle and Yellowknife.

The time zone changes and constant traveling are beginning to take its toll on the traveling pool, but thankfully this has been eased somewhat with two of the best days so far for pictures.

In Prince Edward Island, an absolutely beautiful and charming spot, the couple braved English-type weather for a day of water based activities.

The Prince performed an emergency landing on the lake in a Canadian forces helicopter before the couple hopped into a couple of Dragon boats and raced across the water…. ungentlemanly, perhaps, the Princes crew won that race.

The couple seemed at their most relaxed so far and got stuck in to the racing in spite of the weather.

The circus then moved North and after a 7 hour flight with two fuel stops we arrived in the remote town of Yellowknife.

I’ve never been this far north and the perpetual sunlight is certainly a pain when you are trying to sleep, especially when the hotel curtains are wafer thin. Again the couple came up trumps for the photographers with the Prince joining in a demonstration of street hockey.

The young goaltender up against him clearly hadn’t read the script as he shutout the princes 3 flicks. The duchess looked on from the side on this occasion cheering on her man, perhaps the tall heels she was wearing didn’t lend themselves to hockey.

The circus is moving on again as I write and we are relocating to Calgary for the stampede.

Cowboy hats, denim and checked shirts will surely be in evidence. It will be interesting to see what the royal couple wear.

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