THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, PART II: WILLIAM & CATHERINE ENJOY THE WILDNERNESS

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TAKE IN THE CULTURE AND SCENERY OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, Part II

William and Catherine took advantage of the First Nations culture and scenery afforded by their visit to the Northwest Territories.  On Tuesday, July 5th, the sixth day of their Canadian Tour, after partaking in official welcoming ceremonies and indulging in a little fun with hockey, the couple enjoyed some of the spectacular local scenery.  This time Catherine eschewed her customary high heels and fashionable frocks, wearing instead, practical flats and an outfit more conducive to outdoor activities.  The Duke and Duchess were made honorary Canadian Rangers and gamely wore the rangers’ red hoodies.   The couple also helped to carry a traditional caribou skin to a tent to be smoked.

William presented his bride with a surprise – a quiet visit to a remote island where he and Catherine spent some time alone, without staff and security detail, to picnic and watch the midnight sunset on Eagle Island.  The couple paddled in a canoe to their destination where they ate caribou, bannock bread and white fish.  Surrounded by nature, William and Catherine enjoyed some solitude, no doubt much appreciated, as they will soon embark on another round of hectic official engagements that will take them to Alberta and the U.S.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

William and Catherine, NWT, Day Six (photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

At the Legislative Assembly on Day Six, NWT, July 5, 2011 (photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Exiting a Teepee in Blatchford Lake, NWT (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

The Cambridges Help With a Caribou Skin to be Smoked, NWT (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

William Helps His Wife, Blatchford Lake, NWT (photo: Arthur Edwards/Reuters)

William & Catherine, Honorary Members of the Canadian Rangers, NWT (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

William Checking the Sharpness of a Canadian Ranger Knife, NWT (photo: Andy Clark/Getty Images)

Canoeing to Eagle Island, NWT, July 5, 2011 (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

Eagle Island, NWT, Where the Couple Spent Some Down Time (photo: PA/The Daily Mail)

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