Canada welcomes William and Kate
Canada has welcomed its future King and Queen as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their tour of the Commonwealth country.
William and Kate stepped on to Canadian soil for a nine-day visit that marks an important milestone in their lives as members of the monarchy.
The couple arrived at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International airport in an aircraft proudly flying the Duke's new royal flag from a cockpit window.
A few minutes after the plane door was opened William and Kate appeared looking relaxed and smiling at the top of the aircraft steps. The Duchess was in a new dress, the first of many outfits she will wear in North America. It was by Erdem Moralioglu, a Canadian designer born in Montreal. The dress was a navy, lace Cecile shift scoop-backed dress of contrast stone crepe with a navy lace overlay. The dress has a sheer lace sleeve with a scallop detail.
Little nine-year-old Keenan Schleyer presented a bouquet of flowers to the Duchess before they were ushered into a waiting vehicle for the short journey into the capital Ottawa.
The crowds in Confederation Square had swelled to around 3,000 by the time the Duke and Duchess arrived for a wreath laying ceremony. They were greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen and the foursome walked up a red carpet which led to the national war memorial.
The Last Post was sounded by a trumpeter and the mood changed instantly. A group of war veterans standing nearby saluted. William and Kate stood motionless with their hands clasped in front of them for a period of silence. The ceremony ended with a piper playing a mournful tune on a set of bagpipes before the couple left floral tributes - William a large wreath and Kate a bouquet of flowers.
The royal couple were officially welcomed to Canada at Rideau Hall, the official home of Governor General David Johnston - the Queen's representative in the Commonwealth country.
William gave a brief speech and spoke part of it in French - as many officials do when giving public addresses in the bilingual nation. In front of large crowds who had been allowed into the grounds of the historic house, the Duke said: "Merci beaucoup, Votre Excellence et Monsieur le Premier Ministre, pour votre accueil chaleureux." Which was translated live on Canadian television as "Thank you very much Your Excellency and Prime Minister for your warm welcome."
He went on to say: "Catherine and I are so delighted to be here in Canada. Instilled in us by our parents and grandparents, who love this country, we have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time - and before we were married, we both had a longing to come here together. The geography of Canada is unsurpassed and is famous for being matched only by the hospitality of its people. We are so very excited about having this opportunity to experience both - and learn much more about this amazing country."