Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

William makes a splash in Canada

Prince William heads toward a Sea King helicopter for a training exerciseas part of his Canadian tour(AP)
Prince William and wife Kate smile in the state landau in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island(AP)

Prince William put his military helicopter training to the test with his first water landing before crowds in Canada.

The Duke of Cambridge climbed into the cockpit of a Sea King helicopter at Dalvay by-the-Sea, a scenic resort along Prince Edward Island's north shore for the military training exercise.

The prince, an RAF rescue helicopter pilot, requested the simulated emergency landing procedure as part of his visit.

Dressed in an olive flight suit and helmet, the prince co-piloted a demonstration round to give him an idea of the single-engine emergency landing procedure.

From the water, William piloted a take-off from the water and hovered in the air before executing a dual-engine landing on the water before taxiing around as Kate watched her prince from the ground. William performed the take-off, hover and dual-engine water landing several times.

Canada is the only country that trains its Sea King helicopter pilots to do a controlled landing on water should there be an emergency. The RAF Sea King, which William flies, has the ability to land on water because of its amphibious hull.

Before taking to the water, though, the royal couple were welcomed to their third Canadian province with cheering, waving crowds excited to catch a glimpse of royalty at Province House. The site is the home of Prince Edward Island's legislature and of a historic meeting 146 years ago that paved the way for Confederation, when Canada laid the foundation for uniting the provinces and territories to form a country.

Kate wore a cream dress by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who designed the wedding grown she wore during their wedding. William wore his traditional dark suit and red tie.

For the third time during their nine-day Canadian tour, William spoke in French and English to address the crowds.

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