Prince William and his new bride Kate Middleton will make their first official overseas trip as a married couple to Canada this week. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are formally known, are scheduled to arrive Thursday and will encounter the many faces of the country during nine days of travel, from the sub-Arctic to oil-rich Calgary, Alberta, from busy Montreal to bucolic Prince Edward Island of “Anne of Green Gables” fame. They’ll sit around a campfire with young people, dress casual for the Calgary rodeo, join a cookout in Quebec City, and hand out flags at a citizenship ceremony. William, now 29, will almost certainly be king of Canada one day. … The hair that inspired a David Letterman Top 10 list and a line of “Bleep’n Golden” shampoo may survive a trip to prison. A federal prison manual says there’s no limit on hair length “as long as it is neat and clean,” so former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be able to keep his famous locks if he’s incarcerated. A jury convicted Blagojevich on Monday on 17 charges in his corruption retrial. He’s almost certain to appeal. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported Tuesday a manual from the Gilmer Federal Prison in West Virginia mirrors the policy of other federal prisons and specifies there’s no restriction on hair length. Blagojevich’s hair has been a punch line since his arrest, and a Chicago-area company marketed hair products under the name “BLAGO It’s Bleep’n Golden!” … Less than five years after erecting a bust of America’s 40th president in a park, Budapest is honoring Ronald Reagan with a full statue in Freedom Square, just a couple blocks from parliament and home to the U.S. Embassy. Reagan never visited Hungary, but his efforts to end communism endeared him to many Hungarians — and now have earned him his second statue in Hungary’s capital.
THE TWEETING POPE Pope Benedict XVI works a touchpad to send a tweet for the launch of the Vatican news information portal “www.news.va” at the Vatican on Tuesday. Benedict’s tweet read: “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI’.’ The portal was launched for the feast day of St. Peter and Paul, which falls on June 29 but officially begins with a vesper service June 28.