William and Kate set for seven-city Canadian tour
Couple to start Calgary Stampede Britons ‘forced abroad’ for IVF
THE Duke and Duchess of C a mb r i d g e w e r e beginning their first overseas tour as a married couple today – visiting Canada and California.
William and Kate’s arrival in Canada is eagerly anticipated and their appearance later in the capital, Ottawa, is expected to draw thousands on to the streets.
The royal couple will one day be King and Queen of Canada and their trip will be closely followed.
They will travel to seven cities during their nineday visit meeting a diverse array of Canadians and getting to grips with the challenges and excitement of being on tour.
Almost 1,400 journalists, broadcasters and photographers from across the globe, including just short of 100 from the UK, will be covering the visit – 500 more than those who accredited for the Queen’s visit last year.
Highlights will include Canada Day, celebrated t o mor r o w, when the Duke and Duchess will join hundreds of COUPLES desperate for a baby are being forced abroad due to a lack of sperm and egg donors in the UK, researchers say.
A new study found the most popular destinations for treatment are Spain and the Czech Republic, followed by the US.
Major reasons for seeking fertility treatment abroad are a lack of donors in the UK, long waiting times for NHS treatment, high costs and a “postcode lottery” in accessing IVF.
The latest available figures show thousands of people in Ottawa – many dressed in the national colours of red and white – to celebrate the nation. On Prince Edward Island the royal couple will play starring roles on opposing vessels during a dragon boat race and will be given the task of steer- ing their team-mates to victory across a lake.
Their visit to Calgary coincides with the start of the world famous Calgary Stampede – a legendary annual rodeo and festival dubbed the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” which they will start.
The California leg of the visit will see William and Kate promoting Britain’s interests from July 8-10 in and around Los Angeles. 396 men registered with UK regulators to donate sperm in 2008, alongside 1,150 women who registered as egg donors.
In 2008, 39,879 women had IVF treatment in the UK, of which 1,306 were treated with donor eggs.
Some 41 women and 10 men who had been abroad for treatment, or who had made firm plans to go, were included in the research. Most had received treatment in the UK prior to seeking out an overseas clinic, often over many years.
WELCOME: A window display in Ottawa. TRIP: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Canada and California.