Princess Charlotte stole the show in Canada as she took her first public steps on the Cambridge’s royal tour
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have concluded their tour to Canada, with Kate skippering a tall ship in Victoria’s inner harbour while ‘first mate’ William looked on.
On the eighth and final day of their tour, William and Kate brought attention to social and mental health issues, unveiling a statue in Victoria, British Columbiathat honours those who overcome challenges at the Cridge Centre for the Family, a non-profit that offers programs for people with brain injuries and victims of domestic violence and provides health care.
The British royals also sailed in Victoria’s inner harbour on board the tall ship Pacific Grace.
During their eight-day Canadian tour, the royal couple also visited Vancouver’s most impoverished neighbourhood, participated in aboriginal ceremonies in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and met residents of the small community of Carcross, Yukon.
Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, 16 months, made two public appearances during the tour.
William spoke about the milestone eight-day visit — their first official overseas trip as a family of four — saying they felt “very lucky” to have introduced Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the Commonwealth country which will play a big part in their lives.
The Duke said in a statement before their official departure from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia: “Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week.
“We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person.
“We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit. “Canada is a country of optimism, generosity and unrivalled natural beauty. I hope we have helped all Canadians celebrate what makes this country great. We will see you again soon.”