THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE CONTINUE THEIR CANADA TOUR, DAY 8: CALGARY, ALBERTA
The couple flew into Calgary after having stayed briefly at Skoki Lodge, a secluded log cabin near Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Calgary, the largest city in the western province of Alberta, is a thriving metropolis of nearly a million inhabitants. Oil is a booming industry in the city. The province of Alberta is named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter. Louise’s husband, the Duke of Argyll, was Governor General of Canada in from 1878 to 1883.
Upon their arrival in Calgary, William and Catherine were officially welcomed with a White Hat Ceremony, which is the equivalent to being given the keys to the city. The couple was given two cowboy-style hats in white. The hat is a symbol of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede for which the city is famed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join an elite group of famous people who have been given the white hat. These include: Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Wayne Gretzky, the Dalai Lama, Luciano Pavarotti, Pope John Paul II, Vladimir Putin, Bruce Springsteen and Oprah Winfrey.
At the Calgary Airport, six-year-old Diamond Marshall presented Catherine with a bouquet. The duchess, who wore a yellow silk dress and favorite beige pumps, was moved by her special welcome, as Diamond, who is battling cancer, was overcome by the event. It was a dream come true for Diamond to meet a real princess. Catherine and William made a special effort to put the little girl at ease, with the duchess hugging Diamond. The couple will next be at the world famous Calgary Stampede.