Royals to get a heavy dose of local flavour when they visit B.C.
Government House in full preparation mode to welcome Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for 8 day stay
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should expect lots of 'surprises' when it comes to their eight-day stay at Government House.
The Victoria property will act as a home base for the Royal Family beginning on September 24, with bedrooms set up to accommodate not just the couple and their two children, but also part of their entourage.
"We do want to put our best foot forward because these are pretty special guests," said Government House Director of Operations Thandi Williams.
Sleeping arrangements a secret
The media was given a partial tour of the residence, which the Lieutenant Governor lives while in Victoria, while work is underway to prepare for the special guests.
However, the bedrooms were off-limits and there were no details provided on what sort of sleeping arrangements have been set up for the Royal Children.
But Government House staff did provide a few clues on what alterations were made to the house, as adapters were put into the electrical outlets in the rooms where the children — who won't be joining their parents when they travel to Haida Gwaii and Bella Bella — will be playing and staying.
The royal couple will also have access to a breakfast nook off the room they are staying in. Set up in that room is a tea and coffee pot from the 17th century that are shined up and ready for a royal pour.
But other than a few historical pieces, the rooms now have a much more modern feel.
"They are not museum like, they are more family oriented now. A lot of that atmosphere has been taken away so that people feel comfortable," said Government House service manager Gwendoline Gold.
Spotlight on B.C.
Some toys have also been purchased and set up in the house, in case George and Charlotte want to play inside and didn't bring anything of their own from England.
On top of that, each suite will be equipped with snacks and treats from British Columbia, and is expected to include chocolates from local stores and B.C. craft beer.
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"This visit really does present an opportunity from British Columbia to enjoy the world spotlight and I think it is important for use to showcase what we have to offer," added Williams.
"There is no shortage of things to choose from B.C."
Locally grown food
Then there are the dozens of meals that will be prepared for both the children and the royal couple. Executive Chef Aleks Kornat wouldn't give away what will be on the menu, but it's no surprise that the ingredients being used will have a very British Columbia flavour.
"We have sourced local products, time of season, see what is available and we bring that into house and make it available," said Kornat.
"We can't really disclose too much, but the menus look great."
But Kornat is ready for whatever surprises may come from the family of four. He says he's heard Prince George likes spaghetti bolognese, but wouldn't disclose if it's on the menu.
And what if the Duke or Duchess and their jet-lagged children want a something to eat at four in the morning?
"We can do anything at the house, so we will accommodate."