WILLIAM & CATHERINE IN CANADA: DAY 7, THE CAMBRIDGES VISIT A DEVASTATED TOWN

THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE ON DAY 7  OF THEIR CANADIAN VISIT, ARRIVE AT SLAVE LAKE, ALBERTA

On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a surprise visit to Slave Lake in northern Alberta to show their support for the townspeople who endured a devastating fire in May.   A forest fire swept through the northern Alberta town, necessitating the evacuation of the town’s 7,000 residents.   The fire destroyed some forty percent of Slave Lake.  William and Catherine saw first-hand, the fire-damaged remains of cars along with charred basement foundations of what had once been houses.   William was dressed in a blue blazer and dark trousers while Catherine was dressed in skinny jeans, white ruffled blouse and the button blazer she wore when she left Heathrow Airport for Canada.

The couple had requested to visit the devastated area and give comfort to the residents.   The visit was not announced until the last minute so as to avoid disrupting relief efforts.   The couple was greeted by about 3,000 people, some of whom chanted, “Will and Kate” and sang “O, Canada.”  At a local college gymnasium, the Duke and Duchess met fifty residents who shared their stories of their experiences.  The couple also met with rescue workers, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and firefighters.  William and Catherine’s next stop is Calgary.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Prepare to Depart Yellowknife, NWT for Slave Lake, Alberta, July 6, 2011 (photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Catherine greets Riley Oldford, 6 at Yellowknife Airport Before Boarding a Plane for Slave Lake (photo: John Stillwell/Getty Images)

Catherine and William Board a Plane for Slave Lake, Alberta (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Well wishers give Prince William a Pink Teddy Bear, Slave Lake, Alberta, July 6, 2011 (photo: Andy Clark/AFP Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Slave Lake, Alberta (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

William and Catherine See the Fire Devastation, Slave Lake, Alberta (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge: Day 7 of the Canadian Tour (photo: Getty Images/The Daily Mail)

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