The Duchess of Gloucester will undertake a three-day visit to Canada in February where she will attend the Davis Cup.
The 70-year-old Duchess will attend the premier international tennis event in the capacity of Honorary President of the Lawn Tennis Association.
Birgitte will travel to Ottawa on February 3rd, staying for three days of competition.
Canada will host Great Britain for the competition, making it only the second time in history that the two countries have competed against each other at the Davis Cup. The last occasion was in 1967 at Bournemouth, where Team GB won 4-1.
As the current defending champions, Great Britain is the top ranked country in the Davis Cup. Canada is currently ranked No. 12. Whoever wins will progress to the quarter-finals in April.
The Duchess of Gloucester is just one of many royals who is expected to travel to Canada in 2017.
On 1st July 2017, Canada will be celebrating their 150th birthday and a Royal tour is rumoured to be in the works.
It is very unlikely that The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will travel to the country as they no longer undertake long-haul travel. However, it is expected some senior members of The Royal Family will attend the celebrations.
The most likely choices are The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The Earl and Countess of Wessex often visit Canada, so they too could join in the celebrations.
The eyes of the world will also be on Canada in 2017 as Toronto hosts the Invictus Games. Prince Harry will be in attendance for the third staging of the competition for ex-service men & women. Last year’s games were held in Florida.
Following on from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s successful tour a few months ago, whichever royals decide to travel to Canada will be guaranteed a warm welcome.