LONDON, May 5, 2011 (AFP) – Prince William and his new bride Catherine will visit California in July, following their first official tour as husband and wife to Canada, palace officials announced Thursday.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit California, United States of America, following their tour of Canada in July this year,” said a statement from the prince’s official London residence, St James’s Palace.

“The couple will visit the state of California from 8th July to 10th July 2011. A detailed itinerary will be published at a later date.”

The North America tour will be their first since their wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, which was watched by an estimated two billion people around the world and about one million on the streets of London.
William, the 28-year-old second in line to the throne, has visited the United States before but has never been on an official trip there, while Catherine, 29, has never visited the US.

The tour of Canada will take place from June 30 to July 8 and will include Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the National Capital Region.

In total, the couple will be away for ten days, an ambitious first tour for Catherine who has previously only attended day-long royal engagements.

William was made a duke, the highest aristocratic title, by Queen Elizabeth II on his marriage and Catherine accordingly became a duchess.

Their official titles are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
After their wedding, the couple spent a weekend at an undisclosed location in Britain before returning to live on the isle of Anglesey in north Wales where the prince is a Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopter search and rescue pilot.

The prince took part in two rescues during his first week back in the cockpit, it was revealed Thursday.
William contributed to the rescue of a 70-year-old walker who suffered a heart attack and a man in Snowdonia, north Wales, who was struck down by a bout of vertigo.

The couple intend to take a honeymoon abroad at a later date but palace officials have refused to say where or when.