The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Canada – Day 1

  June 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm by

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Canada for their first official overseas visit. This is the third visit to Canada for the Duke, while it’s the first visit to Canada for the Duchess of Cambridge.

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The couple started in Ottawa, Ontario, and were greeted in the Canada Reception Centre at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport where they are greeted according to Canadian custom and protocol, after which, the Duke and Duchess laid a wreath at the National War Memorial. They then attended the official welcome ceremony hosted by the Governor General and the Prime Minister. To finish off the day, Prince William and his wife attended the Celebration of Youth Barbecue Reception.

In a speech, the Duke of Cambridge said:

Merci beaucoup Votre Excellence et Monsieur le Premier Ministre, pour votre accueil chaleureux.

Catherine and I are so delighted to be here in Canada. Instilled in us by our parents and grandparents, who love this country, we have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time – and before we were married, we had a longing to come here together.

The geography of Canada is unsurpassed and is famous for being matched only by the hospitality of its people. We are so very excited about having this opportunity to experience both – and learn much more about this amazing country.

Nous debutons aujourd’hui notre première tournée ensemble. Nous ne pouvions pas être mieux accompagnés que par la grande famille Canadienne.

Thank you so much. We are truly looking forward to this adventure. Nous attendons avec impatience cet aventure. Merci a tous.

The Duchess wore a dress by the Canadian designer Smythe les Veste.

To read more information and see more pictures, please visit the thread:

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Visit to Canada – June 30 to July 8, 2011

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