Royal Visit Canada: Prince William, Kate and the kids arrive in Victoria
The first day of the royal tour of Canada is in full swing as Prince William and Kate take part in ceremonies at the B.C. legislature.
Three-year-old George and 16-month-old Charlotte aren’t there, but the Duke and Duchess began their visit at the legislature by laying a wreath at the cenotaph. That was followed by a 21-gun salute.
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They were welcomed by thousands of adoring fans eager to attend events on the first day of the much-anticipated royal visit to British Columbia.
This was followed by remarks from the Governor General, the prime minister, the premier and Prince William, along with signing the government of Canada’s Golden Book and B.C.’s Distinguished Visitors’ Book.
Lastly, the Duke and Duchess will meet privately with the Governor General and, later, with the prime minister and his wife back at Government House.
The couple arrived earlier in the afternoon along with their children at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.
The family was greeted by Gov. Gen. David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her son Hamish, and B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon.
On Sunday, the family will be in Vancouver.
This will be William’s third visit to Canada, and Kate’s second. Their children, George and Charlotte, have never visited the country before.
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