THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE ON DAY FIVE OF THEIR OFFICIAL CANADIAN TOUR, VISIT PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
William and Catherine were the center of attention on Monday, July 4th during their visit to Prince Edward Island. The island is named after Queen Victoria’s father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. Upon their arrival at the Provincial Legislature, a crowd of around 20,000 watched and cheered as the couple was given an official welcome. Prince William told the crowd that, “It is quite a moment for Catherine and me to be standing here in Atlantic Canada, in front of Province House, where Canadian federation was forged.” The Premier of P.E.I., Robert Ghiz, who’s wife is also named Kate, offered some friendly advice to the Duke concerning a happy marriage, by saying: “Your Royal Highness, it’s very important to remember that Kates are always right.”
The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly been especially looking forward to visiting P.E.I. as it is the home of the fictional character, the precocious red-haired Anne of Green Gables. Written in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables” has been a favorite of many generations of readers, including the Duchess of Cambridge, and has sold some 50 million copies and spawned television series and movies.
For the first time, bad weather by way of rain, marred the visit, but this did not put a damper on the enthusiasm of the crowds or the royal couple who went on a walkabout to greet people. In the afternoon, Prince William, who is a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, participated in a training session in a Sea King helicopter for the ‘waterbird’ emergency landing procedure at Dalvay-by-the-Sea.
In one of the more unusual aspects of the couple’s Canadian/U.S. Tour, William and Catherine participated in a dragon boat race in opposing teams, pitting them against each other. William and Catherine’s next stop is the Northwest Territories.