HAPPY CANADA DAY! THE CAMBRIDGES CELEBRATE IN OTTAWA: DAY TWO OF THEIR VISIT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated Canada Day – the nation’s 144th birthday – along with thousands of Canadians in the country’s capital, Ottawa. The royal couple witnessed the swearing in of new 25 Canadian citizens from around the world and presented them with a Canadian flag and citizenship certificates.
William and Catherine made their way in a horse-drawn landau to Parliament Hill where an estimated 300, 000 to 500,000 people greeted them. In a speech, William spoke of his wife’s grandfather who, in World War II, trained as a pilot in Canada. Prince William made his second speech, in French and English, this time passing on the “warmest well wishes” of his grandmother, the Queen. The Duke of Cambridge also praised the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers through the years. “Catherine and I are also thrilled and excited by the prospect of the next eight days – especially of being part of the Canadian family,” he said. “It will be an adventure that we’ll never forget.”
The Duchess of Cambridge, in honor of Canada, wore red and white, the colors of the country’s flag. Her white Reiss dress was the one she wore for her official engagement photograph. Her red hat sported maple leaves, the symbol of Canada. Catherine also wore a diamond maple leaf brooch originally given the Queen Mother in 1939 by the Canadian people. Queen Elizabeth II lent Catherine the brooch to wear during the tour.