Wills, Kate Delight Canada Throngs

Royal couple celebrating Canada Day festivities
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2011 9:43 AM CDT
Prince William and wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smile as they meet with people at a youth event in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday, June 30, 2011.    (Nathan Denette)
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(Newser) – Prince William and Kate are taking part in Canada Day celebrations today as the royal newlyweds continue a nine-day jaunt through Canada on their first official overseas trip. The country's birthday celebration will include a concert and a speech by the prince. The couple also will hand out flags to newly minted Canadians at a citizenship ceremony. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived yesterday to cheering crowds of thousands. To cheers of delight, William addressed his hosts in both English and French, then cracked a joke about his language skills. "It will improve as we go on," the prince quipped, then noted how much he and Kate were "truly looking forward to this adventure."

The royal pair then headed straight to the National War Memorial, where they were met by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen. Each laid a wreath before stepping into the crowd to speak individually with veterans. Stunning in tan stilettos and a figure-hugging navy scoop-backed dress with a lace overlay by Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu, Kate was greeted with cheers of "We want Kate!" at every stop. Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore predicted this will be the most-watched royal tour in Canada's history.

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