- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SLAVE LAKE, ALBERTA (AP) - Prince William and Kate are on their way to the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake, heavily damaged by a wildfire in May.

The royal couple will tour devastated neighborhoods by minibus and meet with residents, firefighters and rescue crew.

Slave Lake was not on the official royal itinerary, but the couple wanted to make the detour to show support for the many people who lost everything. More than 400 homes and businesses were reduced to ash and debris when a wind-whipped forest fire swept through the town.

The newlyweds are on the seventh day of their nine-day trip to Canada, part of the first official overseas trip for the couple who wed on April 29. They will then depart for some private time at an undisclosed location before their next official stop in Calgary late Thursday afternoon.

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