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A bump in royals' cross-Canada tour

world Updated: Jul 04, 2011 00:16 IST

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Prince William and his bride Catherine have landed in Quebec province - the only stop in Canada where they would face protests during their first official foreign trip as newlyweds.

The former French colony was conquered by the British in 1763, but its culture and language survived and the Canadian province is now a bastion of French culture in North America.

British rule, however, still evokes resentment in some quarters.

Their Quebec itinerary is abridged, with no royal walkabout or major public events, seemingly in a bid to reduce possible confrontations with anti-monarchists or separatists like the one that embarrassed William's father, Prince Charles, when he visited in 2009.

Upon arriving, William and Kate will take a cooking class at the Institut de tourisme et d'hotellerie du Quebec (ITHQ).

They will then travel overnight aboard a navy frigate to Quebec City, where a tour of the historic fortified quarter of the city known as the Citadel is scheduled.

The couple will also meet with members of the Royal 22nd Regiment, the most famous francophone unit in the Canadian Forces. This last event in Quebec City is a target of the largest planned protest.