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Check Out William & Kate's Luxe Lodgings When They Arrive In Canada This Week!

Mon, June 27, 2011 4:03pm EDT by Add first Comment

When Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Ottawa on Thursday to kick off their Royal Tour of Canada, the newlyweds won’t be checking-in to a luxury hotel. Instead, they’ll be checking-in to a luxury home!

The Department of Canadian Heritage has confirmed to that the Royals will spend Thursday and Friday evening at Rideau Hall, the 173-year old home of David Johnston, Canada’s Governor General and representative of the Queen in Canada.

Discreetly located, away from the city center, the sprawling estate occupies 88 acres and houses 24 buildings. The main building alone consists of 170 rooms!

Visiting dignitaries and members of the Royal family often stay at Rideau Hall. In face, William’s grandmother, The Queen, stayed there during her 2010 Royal Tour Of Canada.

Rideau Hall’s architecture reflects what’s known as a Florentine Renaissance Revival style. It includes a massive ornate ballroom, whose highlight is a glass chandelier, which was a gift from the United Kingdom. There’s also gardens throughout the estate, and a greenhouse, perfect for quiet walkabouts.

When William and Kate leave Ottawa, they’ll head to Montreal, where the accommodations will vastly differ: They’ll spend the evening on the navy ship HMCS Montreal as it travels along the St. Lawrence River.

— David Caplan