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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

(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."

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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. (Read more Prince William stories.)

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