Harpers give royal couple hiking gear
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen sit around a campfire during a northern election campaign stop in Yellowknife on April 18, 2011. (Tim Edwards/QMI Agency)
OTTAWA - Forget crystal stemware and plate settings - Canada is giving the royal couple some boots and bug spray.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, turned down the invitation to the Wedding of the Century in order to stay on the election campaign trail.
They are, however, giving them a very personal gift.
The PMO says the Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton, will be given "hiking gear" on behalf of the Harpers.
"The personal gift of hiking gear was chosen in the hopes that the royal couple could use it to experience the splendour of our country when they visit Canada," said spokeswoman Nina Chiarelli.
The couple is honouring Canada with their first royal tour this summer, appearing on Parliament Hill on Canada Day, visiting several provinces, and the Arctic.
Laureen Harper will select the items personally, after the election.
Officially, the Government of Canada is also donating $50 thousand to the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, an official charity favoured by the couple.