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William And Kate 'Thrilled' By Canada Visit

William And Kate 'Thrilled' By Canada Visit

8:03am 1st July 2011
(Updated 3:05am 2nd July 2011)

Huge crowds have cheered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they mark Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.

Prince William made his second speech of the visit, passing on the "warmest well wishes" of his grandmother, the Queen, as he spoke on Parliament Hill.

He went on to praise the sacrifice of Canadians in world conflicts through the years, as servicemen and women prepare to cease their conflict role in Afghanistan.

"Catherine and I are also thrilled and excited by the prospect of the next eight days - especially of being part of the Canadian family," he said.

"It will be an adventure that we'll never forget."

As with his first speech on Thursday, William thrilled the crowds by attempting part of his address in French, one of the official languages of the country.

Kate and William, who are on the second day of their first overseas tour as a royal couple, earlier arrived at Parliament Hill as guests of honour in a horse-drawn carriage.

The newlyweds, accompanied by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, watched a 21-gun salute and a fly-past by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

They started the day presiding over a citizenship ceremony, presenting each of the 25 new citizens with a Canadian flag and certificate before meeting crowds of well-wishers outside.

Kate appears to have taken note of the Queen's dress code when travelling abroad - she frequently wears dresses in the national colours of countries she is visiting.

The 29-year-old is sporting a red hat with floral decoration resembling a maple leaf and a white Reiss dress - the same dress she wore for official engagement photographs.

She is also wearing the Queen's Maple Leaf brooch - the national emblem of Canada.

The look is finished off with a small clutch bag and scarlet high-heeled shoes.

The couple have been wowing the crowds since they arrived on Thursday for the 12-day trip of Canada and the United States.

Sarah Goodall, a former aide to Prince Charles, told Sky News: "We've got a very confident Kate.

"I think from the very start she's been a very confident young lady.

"She's well prepared now and is intending to make a very good go of this first royal visit."

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