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Published 27/09/2016

VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Prince George plays with bubbles at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Prince George plays with bubbles at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge plays with a dog named Moose at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge plays with a dog named Moose at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, being held by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, being held by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Prince George of Cambridge plays with bubbles at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Prince George of Cambridge plays with bubbles at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Carcross, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception at Government House in Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge attends a 'Black Rod Ceremony' during a reception at Government House in Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception at Government House in Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception at Government House in Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at Government House in Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. : Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted with a traditional welcoming ceremony by the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella, Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted with a traditional welcoming ceremony by the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella, Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted with a traditional welcoming ceremony by the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella, Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch salmon in a river in the Great Bear Rainforest, in Bella Bella, Canada, during the third day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a canoe paddle as a gift from the Heiltsuk First Nation community during a visit to the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella, Canada, during the third day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveil a plaque dedicating the rainforest to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy network, alongside Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella, Canada, during the third day of the Royal Tour to Canada.Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Wawiska community hall in Bella Bella, Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet native elders in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Monday, Sept 26, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
The Duchess of Cambridge takes shelter under an umbrella in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Monday, Sept 26, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
The Duke of Cambridge gets out of a vehicle to a waiting umbrella in Bella Bella, Canada, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Draped in traditional First Nation blankets, Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, hold vests they were presented with for Prince George and Princess Charlotte during a welcoming ceremony at the Heiltsuk First Nation in the remote community of Bella Bella, Canada, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Wearing First Nations vests they were given, Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are presented with a doll for Princess Charlotte during a welcoming ceremony at the Heiltsuk First Nation in the remote community of Bella Bella, Canada, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
BELLA BELLA, BC - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk through the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella, Canada, during the third day of the Royal Tour to Canada on September 26, 2016. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna. (Photo by: Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELLA BELLA, BC - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends an official welcome performance during her visit to first nations Community members on September 25, 2016 in Bella Bella, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELLA BELLA, BC - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk through the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella, Canada, during the third day of the Royal Tour to Canada on September 26, 2016. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna. (Photo by: Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge after they arrive by sea plane at the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she visits the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she visits the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge is presented with life jackets for Princess Charlotte and Prince George as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a a visit to the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada.Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau aboard a hovercraft during a visit to the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, in Vancouver, Canada, during the second day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, in Vancouver, Canada, during the second day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge attends a Young Vancouver Reception at Telus Gardens, Vancouver on Day Two of her tour of Canada. Mark Large/Daily Mail/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveils a plaque during their visit to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia New Welcome Centre in Vancouver on Day Two of their tour of Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie in the Vancity room during their visit to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia New Welcome Centre in Vancouver on Day Two of their tour of Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive by seaplane in Vancouver Harbour, as they start Day Two of their tour of Canada.Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets members of the public as he visits the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets members of the public as he visits the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Young Canadians reception and celebration at the Telus Gardens during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk through the Great Bear Rainforest with Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark, in Bella Bella, Canada, during the third day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge attends the official welcome from the Bella Bella First Nations community which consisted of dancing, speeches and youth performances in Bella Bella, British Columbia, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Mark Large/Daily Mail/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the official welcome from the Bella Bella First Nations community which consisted of dancing, speeches and youth performances in Bella Bella, British Columbia, during the third day of their tour of Canada. Mark Large/Daily Mail/PA Wire
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Trudeau watch children play in a sand pit during a visit to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia New Welcome Centre in during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers from a young girl during their visit to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia New Welcome Centre during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are watched by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Trudeau as they unviel a plaque during their visit to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia New Welcome Centre during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet members of TechStart and MY Circle youth in the Vancity room during their visit to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia New Welcome Centre during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers from a young girl during their visit to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia New Welcome Centre during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge hold teddy bears during a visit to Sheway, a charity that helps vulnerable mothers battling issues such as addiction, during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to a young girl during a visit to Sheway, a charity that helps vulnerable mothers battling issues such as addiction, during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath at the Cenotaph during an official welcome ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, in Victoria, Canada, during the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph during an official welcome ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, in Victoria, Canada, during the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau after the Duke of Cambridge made his speech during an official ceremonial welcome at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in Victoria, on the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau after the Duke of Cambridge made his speech during an official ceremonial welcome at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in Victoria, on the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge greets crowds at an official welcome ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, in Victoria, Canada, during the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada. : Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge makes a speech during an official ceremonial welcome at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in Victoria, on the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge carries Princess Charlotte, as she and her husband the Duke of Cambridge and their son Prince George are greeted by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie as the Royal party arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau during an official ceremonial welcome at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in Victoria, on the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during an official ceremonial welcome at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in Victoria, on the first day of the Royal Tour to Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Prince George stands between his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the Royal Party, including his sister Princess Charlotte, arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte exit the aircraft as they arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk down the aircraft steps as they arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. : Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte exit the aircraft as they arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk down the aircraft steps as they arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (left) watches after greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie (third left) greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as the Royal party arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge carries Princess Charlotte as she waves as they arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of an official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk down the aircraft steps as they arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Members of the public wait to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Members of the public wait to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, Canada, on the first day of their official tour of Canada. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and his wife Sharon Johnston at Government House in Victoria on their first day of their visit to Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire at Government House in Victoria on their first day of their visit to Canada. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 24: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the Official Welcome Ceremony for the Royal Tour at the British Columbia Legislature on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 24: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laughs with Sharon Johnston as they listen to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speak french at the Official Welcome Ceremony for the Royal Tour at the British Columbia Legislature on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 25: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) pose with members of the Canadian Olympic team at the Young Canadians reception and celebration at the Telus Gardens during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have forged links with a remote Canadian community and left with their arms filled with presents - including a pair of dancing vests.

In the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest William and Kate were welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nation people and in turn the Duke praised them for helping to safeguard the natural wonder in British Columbia dubbed the "Amazon of the north".

Torrential downpours had forced the royal couple to abandon a seaplane tour of the forest but they received a rapturous welcome from the Heiltsuk residents of the island village of Bella Bella, during a ceremony staged in the "big house" or community centre.

William and Kate were visiting to mark Great Bear - the world's largest intact temperate rainforest - joining the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy network, a scheme to help preserve areas of indigenous forest in perpetuity in the Queen's name.

In a speech to commemorate the event the Duke said: "The Commonwealth has, at its heart, always been about the values that bind its people. This project, focusing on our shared natural heritage, is no different.

"The establishment of the Canopy is a loud and unambiguous statement that the citizens of all Commonwealth countries believe that nature is fundamental to the health of our societies.

"When we protect our rivers, oceans, atmospheres, or like today, our forests, we are telling our children that their future prosperity cannot be disconnected from the health of the natural world."

During William and Kate's welcoming ceremony traditional cloaks were draped over their shoulders and they later donned the dancing vests, both gifts symbols of a new relationship between the British monarchy and the small Heiltsuk community.

Marilyn Slett, an elected chief council member, said: "On behalf of our nation we welcome you and we thank you for being here as part of the healing that we are undertaking. As part of our ... feasting system we would like to give our guests a gift."

They were told: "We use these blankets to wrap the spirits of our ancestors around you and to unite your spirits together with ours."

The grey blankets were decorated with the outline of a grizzly bear, trees to represent the forest that surrounded the Heiltsuk community and local flora and fauna.

Dancing vests, which are worn during a major welcoming ceremony called potlatch, were then presented to the smiling royal couple with Kate wearing a white vest and William a black garment.

Their children, who have joined the Cambridges on their eight-day tour of Canada, were not left out and also received tiny vests along with a drum for Prince George and a doll for Princess Charlotte.

William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales was praised for her humanitarian efforts during her lifetime by one senior community member during the welcoming event which featured songs, dances and speeches.

And the Cambridges heard passionate statements from First Nations leaders about their battle to stop the plunder of the natural resources of their lands and the struggle to preserve their way of life for future generations.

Ms Slett also told the Duke how much the community respected his mother Diana, Princess of Wales: "She was a great humanitarian and world advocate and positively impacted the Heiltsuk people and she remains in our hearts."

William and Kate ended their day by strolling through a wooded glade in the Great Bear Rainforest, as they made their way to a plaque unveiling ceremony that formally marked the natural wonder becoming part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy network.

They followed a path along a new wooden walkway that led to a fast flowing river whose banks were covered with dead salmon that had returned to the waters to spawn.

The air had a strong stench of rotting fish and Kate pointed at the hundreds of seagulls bobbing up and down in the waters hoping for a fresher meal than the decomposing salmon.

And the plaque unveiling ceremony featured a first - a coat to keep the wooden memorial dry, following a day of torrential rain.

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