Kate Middleton, Prince William land in Canada to begin North American tour
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, also known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, landed in Canada on Thursday, June 30 to begin a North American tour.
It is their first overseas trip as a married couple. William, seen as the second in line to the British throne, and his wife, wed in April. They will tour Canada until July 8, when they will fly to California and remain in the United States until July 10.
"Before we were married, we had a longing to come here together," William said, according to his spokespeople's Twitter page.
The Duchess of Cambridge, seen as a global fashion icon, wore a navy blue knee-length dress by the French designer Roland Mouret, paired with a navy blazer by Toronto-based Smythe les Vestes as she boarded the plane to Canada, the Associated Press said. William wore his customary dark blue suit with a red tie.
After they landed, Kate stepped off the plane wearing a navy lace, printed knee-length dress by Erdem Moralioglu, who was raised in Montreal and is based in London, according to People magazine, which published a photo of the couple walking down the stairs of their plane on its website.
The pair first headed to Canada's National War Memorial, where they laid a wreath as excited onlookers screamed with delight and showered the young royals with flowers and gifts, the Associated Press said. The two then shook hands with fans.
On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled Wednesday a personal flag for William. On Thursday, the flag was flown out of the pilot's window on their plane and another replica appeared on the couple's vehicle, which is part of their 11-car motorcade, People said.
The two are also set to celebrate the Canada Day holiday on Parliament Hill on Friday and will tour eight cities, including Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal. William, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, will help fly a Sea King helicopter for an emergency water landing exercise in Prince Edward Island, the Reuters news wire said.
Canada's head of state is William's grandmother, the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II, although Harper heads its government. Kate has never been to Canada before this visit but William has visited the area on his own twice - in 1991 and 1998.
William married his bride in London on April 29 in a ceremony watched by millions of people around the world, including more than 22 million viewers in the United States.