Will and Kates Second Day in Canada

Prince William and Kate Middleton Visit Canada
On the second day of their first official overseas trip the royal couple took part in Canada Day celebrations on Friday July 1, 2011.

Tens of thousands lined the streets of the Canadian capital and cheered as they tried to get a glimpse of the royal couple as they were shown around by Canadian leaders.

They were welcomed to an afternoon program at Parliament Hill by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who welcomed them as "the world's most famous newlyweds" he also said they represent "our unbreakable link with our past and our unqualified optimism for the future."

Longed cheers and chants of "Will and Kate, Will and Kate." came from the large crowd many of whom wore Canada's red and white colors and crowns on their heads.

As he did the day before William spoke in both French and English about his and Kates family ties to Canada.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Visit Canada
Will also said that Kate learned about Canada from her late grandfather, "who held this country dear to his heart for he trained in Alberta as a young pilot during the Second World War."

He spoke of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The queen, he said, "has asked me to convey her warmest good wishes to the people of Canada, and her happy and abiding memories of being on Parliament Hill with the Duke of Edinburgh one year ago."

Prince William drew a loud cheer from the crowd when he referred to his grandmother as "the Queen of Canada." She is still Canada's head of state. He also said that the she was watching their Canada tour with interest.

Kate was impressively attractive wearing the same dress she wore for the couple's official engagement portrait last year, a cream dress by the London designer Reiss, a brilliant red hat topped with a maple leaf and the Queen's Maple Leaf brooch which Queen Elizabeth loaned Kate for the tour. The brooch was first worn by the then-Princess Elizabeth on her first visit to Canada back in 1951.

Prince William wore a blue suit, light blue colored shirt and a red tie.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Visit Canada
There was an estimated 300,000 people gathered to watch the Canada Day show around Parliament Hill. Teh show included a 21-gun salute and military plane flyovers.

Kate mouthed "that scared me" as she put her hand to her heart When two F-18's did a flyby.

Before departing for Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, Will and Kate formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent some time with newly minted Canadians at a citizenship ceremony by giving out flags and shaking hands.

At the Canadian Museum of Civilization hundreds of raucous spectators cheered as the royal couple emerged from their motorcade on Friday 7-1-11.

The Cheering spectators drowned out a handful of protesters who oppose requiring Canadian citizens to pledge allegiance to the Queen. The crowd began singing renditions of "O Canada" and "God Save the Queen".

They then witnessed 25 people from 14 countries became Canadian citizens after which they handed out red and white maple leaf flags to the newly minted Canadians, then participated in a reception for the new citizens and their families.

William and Kate also posted a message to Canadian forces on their royal office's website.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Visit Canada
"It is with a deep sense of pride and admiration that we send our best wishes to all members of the Canadian Forces, whether based here at home in Canada or on active service in various parts of the world," they wrote. "We join with all Canadians gathered here on Parliament Hill in thanking you for your extraordinary commitment and contribution to the cause of peace...Godspeed your safe return to your family, your friends and to Canada."

The royal couple Canadian tour began their Thursday June 30, 2011 with them placing a wreath at Canada's National War Memorial.

An excited crowd showered them with Canadian love, flowers and gifts. Will and Kate later attended a reception for young Canadians. Although it was suppose to be an outside barbecue, it was moved indoors because due to rain.

The duke and duchess changed into more casual clothing for the event. William wore an open-necked blue shirt and khakis, while Kate wore a black and white dress wrap dress by Issa decorated with a pattern of birds - the same dress she wore upon arriving to London's Goring Hotel the night on the eve of her wedding day - paired with wedge sandals.

Their nine-day tour will end on July 8, after which the couple will travel on to the United States for a brief stay in the Los Angeles area.

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