WILLIAM & CATHERINE PAY A VISIT TO THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, DAY SIX OF THE CANADIAN TOUR: JULY 5, 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left Prince Edward Island for the Northwest Territories in Canada on Monday evening. This is to be the Duke and Duchess’s most northernly stop in their tour. Fortunately the rain that greeted the couple upon their arrival made way for sunshine when William and Catherine undertook public engagements in Yellowknife on Tuesday, July 5th. Many of 43,000 inhabitants of the Northwest Territories which covers a massive 440,000 square miles, are First Nations people and so the couple met members of the Chipewyan and Inuktitut tribes. William and Catherine also watched dancers from the Inuvialuit tribe perform. William charmed the crowd when he ended his speech with the words, “Mahsi Cho” and “Quyanainni,” which are the Dene and Inuvialuktun words for ‘thank you.’
A highlight of the couple’s visit was watching Prince William try his hand at shooting hockey goals. Catherine, who played hockey in school, opted to watch by the sidelines, saying, “I would have taken a shot if I wasn’t in heels.” The Duchess donned one of her more elegant outfits for this portion of the trip, wearing a cream silk linen dress with three quarter length sleeves and a taupe band at the waist by the Danish designer, Malene Birgir. Catherine completed the ensemble with nude colored platform heeled pumps and matching clutch bag. The couple was also presented with hockey jerseys, emblazoned with “Cambridge” and the numbers 1 for Catherine and 2 for William.
The Duke and Duchess sat in on a session of the Youth Parliament of the Northwest Territories’ Legislative Assembly. William and Catherine, after a change of clothes, boarded a float plane and saw a bit of the scenic outdoors on the tundra’s edge.