Prince William and Kate Middleton were greeted by screams fans as they touched down in Canada for their first official overseas tour as newlyweds.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are continuing their visit in the capital Ottawa today, and will participate in Canada Day, 1 July, which is also the 50th anniversary of birth of the late Princess Diana.
The 12-day visit will also see them tour the country taking in Prince Edward Island, Yellowknife Island and the opening of the Calgary Stampede, and canoeing in the Northern Territories.
Canada’s governor general David Johnstone welcomed the couple, saying: “Welcome to Canada - honeymoon capital of the Commonwealth.”
Kate accepted a bouquet of flowers from a young well-wisher after she and William were warmly greeted on the airstrip by the Canadian Foreign Minister.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke after the governor general, saying: “Your journey across our fair Dominion marks the beginning of your journey into the hearts of Canadians. We wish you all the best on both counts.”
“We are both honoured and delighted that you have chosen us for your first official tour together.”
Prince William responded: “Merci beaucoup, Votre Excellence et Monsieur le Premier Ministre, pour votre accueil chaleureux.”
The couple were then whisked off for a meeting with Prime Minister Steve Harper and Canadian First Lady Laureen at the city’s National War Memorial– where a crowd of more than 10,000 had gathered to watch them lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Canada is a member of the Commonwealth and Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William’s grandmother, is its head of state.
The duke and duchess, who married in April, will visit seven Canadian cities on their nine-day visit, before heading to the US, where William will take part in a charity polo match in Los Angeles.
2011 itinerary highlights
30 June: Arrival in Ottawa.
1 July: Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
2 July: Visit to a cookery school in Montreal
3 July: Freedom of the city ceremony in Quebec City
4 July: Prince William takes part in Sea King helicopter training session on Prince Edward Island
5 July: Visit to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories
7 July: Arrival in Calgary
8 July: Attend Calgary Stampede. Leave for US
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