The Cambridges in Canada – Dragonboat Racing Day 5

  July 5, 2011 at 10:06 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their fifth day in Canada in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where they participated in a fun-filled day of activities. They began with an official welcoming ceremony at Province House, which they reached via open-top carriage.

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Here, the Duke and Duchess were joined by the Prince Edward Island Premier, Robert Ghiz, and greeed by a series of actors dressed in period costume. The couple greeted well-wishers outside the House, before heading inside to sign the official guest book. Catherine wore an ivory knit ‘sailor-meets-cricket’ style dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. After a quick change into pants, navy coat and red scarf, it was then outside in the drizzle to Dalvay-by-the-Sea for the afternoon’s activities.

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Prince William had requested to take part in a Sea King ‘waterbirding’ helicopter exercise,  an emergency water landing technique. As his wife watched on from the shore with other spectators, with a trusty Canon in her hands, the trained search-and-rescue pilot showed no hesitation as he expertly landed the Sea King on the Dalvay Lake. The Duke even dipped the nose of the helicopter towards the crowd so they could see into the cockpit.

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Then it was the Duchess’ turn to hit the water, as the couple competed against each other in a dragonboat race across the lake. Their respective competitive natures were on display, as William confidently boasted that his team definately “would win,” before jokingly throwing ‘insults’ across the water to his wife’s crew. Catherine took it all in her stride, smiling as she rowed away, but alas, her husband appears to own a crystal ball – the Duke’s team beat the Duchess’ by a third of a length. Both royals ended up covered in water, and one must wonder why William chose to row in jeans? He quickly made up for beating his wife, giving her an affectionate hug as they made their way back to shore.

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Following the boat race, the Duke and Duchess participated in cultural and culinary activities; before taking a helicopter to the nearby town of Summerside. They viewed a search and research demonstration aboard the Edward Cornwalis, a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, then spoke with around 200 invitied dignitatries in the harbour. William and Catherine later departed for Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, where they will spend day six of their tour.

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

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