As part of their Royal tour within Canada, Prince William and Kate Milddleton have planted a Eastern Hemlock to commemorate their recent marriage. The tree was planted at Rideau Hall, the home of Canada’s Governor-general in a ceremony that has become traditional for visiting royals.
More than 120 commemorative trees grace the grounds of Rideau Hall. The tradition was first started by Japan’s Prince Fushimi when he made the first official foreign royal visit to Ottawa in 1907. The Queen and other royals have planted 16 ceremonial trees since 1939.
An 800 year symbol
They planted the Eastern Hemlock in the shadow of the Pin Oak planted by Prince William’s parents Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, on June 21, 1983 – Prince William’s first birthday.
Its position means that it is surrounded by red oaks planted by other members of the Royal Family including one by the Queen, which has grown to a great height since being planted in 1977.
The Eastern Hemlock planted by William and Kate will serve as an enduring symbol of the couple’s love for 800 years.