On the first day of their eight-day visit to Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Victoria, British Columbia, where they will grant one of the greatest wishes of Victoria Foster, a young girl afflicted with cystic fibrosis.
Fourteen-year-old Victoria was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, kidneys and digestive system, but despite her need for continuous treatments and medicine, she remains positive. She loves the Royal Family, and has pictures of them on her wall and can name all the King and Queens of England since William the Conqueror. She has been to the UK a couple of times before and has visited Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.
So when Victoria was given the opportunity to have a wish granted by the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, she asked to meet the Royal Family in person. On Thursday, she and her family traveled from Ottawa, Ontario to British Columbia where, later today, Victoria will present the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte with flowers at the Official Welcome Ceremony to Canada and British Columbia.
The ceremony will take place at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Victoria. During the event, William and Kate will probably spend some time talking to Victoria, fulfilling the young girl’s lifelong dream of meeting members of the British Royal Family.
The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is a wish granting charity, dedicated to granting the wishes of Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who have been diagnosed with terminal illness. In the past 32 years, the Foundation has granted the wishes of nearly 25,000 children, with 1,200 wishes fulfilled in 2015 alone.
On their previous visit to Canada in 2011, the Duke and Duchess met six year-old Diamond Marshall, who presented a bouquet to the Duchess after the Children’s Wish Foundation fulfilled her wish of meeting a real life princess.
The Royal Visit to Canada begins today at 4 pm PST.