Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bienvenue Au Canada / Welcome To Canada

The world's most popular newlyweds landed in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada this afternoon to tremendous excitement. They flew on a Canadian Forces jet - aren't they a striking young couple!

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Ottawa on Thursday at the start of a 12-day visit to North America. Royal wardrobe-watchers will note she is wearing a dress by London-based Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Catherine (R), Duchess of Cambridge, go through the reception line.
Pleased to meet you: A line of dignitaries waits to meet the Duchess of Cambridge as she steps on to the tarmac at a blustery Ottawa airport

Their first stop was near Parliament Hill at the National War Memorial for a wreathe-laying ceremony. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen Harper for a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Cambridges, Mrs. Harper approaching the War Memorial

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, place a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada,  June 30, 2011, the first stop on their nine-day tour of Canada, kicking off their first official foreign trip as husband and wife.

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.

Diana, Princess of Wales, with then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on Parliament Hill.
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.


  1. hi kim hope ypu are enjoying your weekend and this busy week !!! I dont know about W and C but im tired out !!! but what fun musy have done about 15 posts ! Im not doing any more on Monaco i feel so sad and the gusets looked miserable too and with the revelations tpoday its not looking good No wonder poor Charlene looked sad and awkward Im just resding 14th century history about Katherine nd her sister Phillipa and Wills and Geoffrey chaucer and John of Gaunt quite spooky !! My mother saw the Queen when they lived in Montreal she would have loved all this fay xxx

  2. hi kim thanx for your visit im just watching a full TV prog of their time in canada its wonderful

    a what a tremendous welcome for them they are certainly havong afabulous time everywhere they go
    and poor Charlene i dread the news Love vfay xx

  3. hi Kim just vack fro whizzing arounfd the uk and now catcjhing up haope summer is great for you fay x