Cape Breton native planning Will and Kate’s Canadian tour

June 27, 2011

Nancy King   SYDNEY — The upcoming royal tour of Canada by William and Kate won’t touch down in Cape Breton, but there is a significant island connection to the affair.

Kevin MacLeod, originally from Boularderie Island, is the Canadian secretary to the queen and is the chief organizer of the nine-day tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which begins Thursday. For the past four months, he’s been working 14-hour days as he tends to every detail of the royal couple’s first tour of Canada.

“That really is the secret of a good protocol officer — someone who can see the larger picture and at the same time never lose sight of the minutia,” MacLeod said in an interview this week. “Oftentimes, the devil is in the details. We’ve got to ensure that it’s all covered off.”

It’s work that MacLeod has been doing since 1987, and something that he normally could have upwards of 12 months to complete.

MacLeod has spent much of the past few months travelling to regions the couple will visit, meeting with lieutenant-governors, chiefs of protocol and other provincial and territorial officials in an effort to get an idea of how the communities want to promote themselves.

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