Royal Visit Canada: Prince William, Kate and the kids arrive in Victoria

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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.

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.

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Prince William and Kate greet the crowd at the B.C. Legislature. (Richard Zussman/Twitter)

The royal couple were then officially welcomed by the Songhees First Nation and took in a performance by the Victoria Children’s Choir.

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.

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Governor General David Johnston accompanies the Duke of Cambridge as they watch First Nations traditional dancers in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

The couple arrived earlier in the afternoon along with their children at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.

The Duchess was wearing Jenny Packham ‎with hat by Lock and Co and a maple leaf brooch, a royal heirloom.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Victoria. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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.

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Governor General David Johnston, left to right, Sharon Johnston, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon stand on the tarmac as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Victoria. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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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Hundreds of people wait to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before their arrival at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

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Royal Visit Canada: Prince William, Kate and the kids arrive in Victoria

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