Wil­liam and Kate set for seven-city Cana­dian tour

Cou­ple to start Cal­gary Stam­pede Bri­tons ‘forced abroad’ for IVF

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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.

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