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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their first official trip abroad laying a wreath at Canada's National War Memorial as excited onlookers screamed with delight and showered the young royals with flowers and gifts.

William and Kate headed straight to the memorial after landing in a Canadian military plane at Ottawa's international airport. The smiling couple stepped off the plane into bright sunshine and shook hands on the tarmac with foreign minister John Baird and other Canadian officials before leaving immediately for the National War Memorial.

There they were met by Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper with screaming crowds lining the barricades.

The couple walked up to the memorial and stood side by side before each laid a wreath. It was the same wreath laid two years ago by the prince's father, Prince Charles, during his last Canadian tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then walked over to the barricades and shook hands with excited onlookers, who appeared to hand them flowers and other gifts.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, secretary to the Duke and Duchess, said the couple were keen for this visit to the memorial to be their very first stop, particularly as Canada's combat role in Afghanistan is drawing to an end. Later, the royals are scheduled to attend an official welcome followed by a barbecue for young people.

The newlyweds will stay in Canada for nine days, during which time they will take part in Canada Day celebrations, open the world-renowned Calgary Stampede and hand out flags to newly minted Canadians at a citizenship ceremony among other things before jetting off to Los Angeles.

The young prince and his wife have star power to burn and Canadian heritage minister James Moore reckons this will be the most-watched royal tour in Canada's history.

During the visit, William will demonstrate his skills as a helicopter rescue pilot by taking part in a water landing demonstration, and the couple are scheduled to put on aprons and take part in a cooking workshop in Quebec City.

But the couple will not be welcomed by all. Some anti-royal protests are expected in the French-speaking province of Quebec, with small groups planning protests in Quebec City and Montreal.


From Belfast Telegraph