Foreign press gush over Canadian warmth, Kate mania as royal tour kicks off

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If the foreign media has got it right, then it's clear that Canada loves Kate.

Coverage of Prince William and his wife's first official international outing received prominent coverage in the U.K. and the U.S. as their Canadian tour kicked off.

The Duke and Duchess arrived in Ottawa yesterday and are to be a key part of Canada Day celebrations in the nation's capital today.

The tour received prominent play in virtually all British media, which has nearly 100 journalists in Canada covering the royal tour.

But when it came to royal radiance, Kate shone bright in their headlines.

"Kate given rapturous welcome in Ottawa" screamed The Telegraph website, and "Kate-mania!" declared The Daily Mail.

The Telegraph went on to describe Kate's grip on the crowds as thousands "cheered her every step."

"Many of them chanted her name, rock star-style," wrote the newspaper. "Ottawa will be remembered as the city where international Kate-mania was born."

That term turned into a buzzword for many outlets, including the Daily Mail.

"The Duchess of Cambridge won the hearts of a nation today the moment she placed one elegantly-shod foot on Canadian soil," the tabloid wrote.

Sneaking in a reference to a local celebrity, the paper described the frenzy sparked by the royals as "the type of hysteria normally reserved for the likes of home-grown pop star Justin Bieber."

And while the tabloid pointed out that Kate did not sing O Canada when it was played, it noted her aides insisted the Duchess had learned the words in preparation for her trip.

The Daily Mail also gives kudos to the young bride for not only going without a stylist but for doing her own makeup during her Canadian visit as well.

Kate's Canadian popularity was also the focus of U.S. and Australian media.

"Kate wows Canada" declared a headline in The Boston Herald, "Duke and Duchess wow Canada" proclaimed a near identical headline in Australia's Sydney Morning Herald.

The newspaper Down Under said Ottawa was bursting with royal watchers including some who camped overnight to catch a glimpse of the couple in the nation's capital. The paper even quoted one royal watcher shouting about William being the country's future king.

William was by no means forgotten by the media — his opening remarks and attempts at french were lauded by a number of outlets.

The Guardian gushed about the warmth of the Canadian welcome, calling it as "effusive" as if it were the royal's wedding day all over again.

"It is almost as if the second largest nation on earth (by area) is saying something that their more populous neighbour further south cannot match," the British newspaper quipped.

After calling the royal couple's nine-day trip to Canada "long for a royal visit these days," The Guardian also turned the magnifying glass on the local media, observing that television stations were making the royal arrival their lead item while newspapers were "replete with advice on how to bow."

The BBC's royal correspondent, Peter Hunt, called Canada "a safe first visit" for Kate, noting that there were no royal dissenters to be seen as the tour kicked off.

"The streets were filled by the dedicated and the curious," he wrote. "The enthusiastic, large crowds were keen to catch a glimpse of their future king and queen."

American broadcaster CNN had its own observation on why Canada was chosen for the newlyweds' first official international outing.

"Widespread support for the monarchy also makes Canada a pretty safe bet for a debut royal tour," said the network. "The Canadian government, which is paying for the visit, described it as 'a distinct honour.'"

CNN also noted that the royal visit was undoubtedly "a perfect opportunity to showcase a nation to worldwide audience."

Some international media added hints of controversy to their reports.

Vanity Fair featured a piece headlined "Will and Kate’s Big Canada Trip: Stumbling into a Trouble Zone?"

"The one possible source of tension is the two days the couple will spend in Quebec, a province that would just as soon forget about its British ties," said the magazine.

It went on to quote a few French Canadians voicing their opinions on Canada's ties to the monarchy including one gentleman who shared what the magazine called an increasingly common refrain, "England should stay in England."

Meanwhile, a report in The New York Times, headlined "Canadians Embrace Royal Couple," carried an account from one street observer who said the best thing Prince Charles could do for the monarchy would be to give up the throne to William after the Queen’s death.

"No one in the crowd challenged the idea," the paper wrote.

Nearly 1,400 media have signed up to cover the royals with 274 from 13 journalists making up the international contingent.

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