Their first stop was near Parliament Hill at the National War Memorial for a wreathe-laying ceremony.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Cambridges, Mrs. Harper approaching the War Memorial
Prince William spoke at Rideau Hall, official residence of the Governor General, Her Majesty's representative in Canada, mentioning what Canada has meant to both his grandparents and parents. Something personally meaningful as I was on the Ottawa leg of the tour with the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1983. It is an experience I shall never forget.
Princess Diana with Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1983
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in Ottawa the first three days of their Canadian tour when they depart for my beautiful home town, Montreal, Quebec. From Montreal, they will travel by ship down the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City (the second most beautiful city in Canada). They leave there Sunday evening for Charlottesville, in Prince Edward Island, on the Atlantic coast, where they will be busy until later Monday afternoon when they travel north to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, for a complete change of scene. By Thursday, they will be in Calgary, Alberta.
On a less serious (but still fascinating) note Catherine wore a dress by Montreal-born (of course) designer, Erdem Moralıoglu.
For the full itinerary of the Royal Tour of Canada, look here.