Prince William and Catherine, otherwise known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International airport yesterday afternoon to begin their Canada-USA tour. And the country was soon in love with the young royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Commonwealth country of Canada in raptures of adulation when they arrived in the capital Ottawa. There were chants of “We love you Kate” following a ceremony to honour the country’s war dead.
William and Catherine were officially welcomed at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, the official home of Governor General David Johnston.
The excited crowd chanted, “William, William” and one woman even grabbed his hand and repeated “I love you.”
Prince William made a short speech to mark the opening day of their historic tour and spoke his opening and closing words in French, as many officials do when giving public addresses in the bilingual nation.
He said, “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 both had a longing to come here together.”
The second-in-line to the British throne a little more French which translated as “today we begin our first tour together, we could not be better accompanied than by the great Canadian family.” He joked with his audience, “It will improve as we go along.”
Kate had boarded the Canadian Forces’ Airbus plane at Heathrow wearing a navy blue knee-length Manon dress by French designer Roland Mouret with a navy blazer by Toronto-based Smythe les Vestes. But by the time she descended the plane steps in Ottawa she had changed into a dress by Erdem Moralioglu, a Canadian designer born in Montreal.
The fact both sets of clothes featured Canadian and French labels appeared to be a move to please her host country, where a record 1,400 journalists, broadcasters and photographers from across the globe, including just short of 100 from the UK, will be covering the visit: 500 more than those who were accredited for the Queen’s visit last year.
Prince William and Catherine will travel to seven cities, including Calgary, Montreal and Quebec, before flying to the United States.
“William and Kate are unveiling this new 21st century monarchy which is more accessible, more connected to the people and I think that appeals to the younger generation,” Matthew Rowe from the Monarchist League of Canada told Sky News.