Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge’s Warm Welcome In Canada

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July 1, 2011 | 4:20am EST

Prince William and his new bride Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge were welcomed to Canada by hundreds of well-wishers on Thursday as they began their first international tour together.
Britain’s royal newlyweds jetted from London to Ottawa for their first official trip abroad and were greeted by onlookers eager for a glimpse of the duke and duchess.

The pair made their way around the city center with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, shaking hands with well-wishers and receiving flowers and gifts from the adoring crowd.

They then headed to Canada’s National War Memorial, where the royal newlyweds laid wreaths in memory of fallen soldiers.

Prince William addressed a crowd at the residence of the Governor-General, and showed off his linguistic skills by speaking in English and French, saying, “We are truly looking forward to this adventure – nous attendons avec impatience cet aventure.

“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.”

Ottawa is the first stop on a nine-day tour of Canada, before the royals head to the U.S.