Kate and William to get face time with veterans, children on Day 3 of tour
OTTAWA - Prince William and Kate go from engaging large-scale crowds to working more intimate gatherings with Canadians as they embark on the next leg of their royal tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will start Day 3 of their first official visit abroad in Ottawa with a tree planting at Rideau Hall scheduled for 12:40 p.m. ET.
The royal couple then heads to the Canadian War Museum for a reception with veterans, war brides and families. They will also take part in a walk-through of the galleries, a painting and plaque unveiling and book signing.
The newlyweds then fly off to Montreal, where they'll visit the Sainte-Justine University (Children's) Hospital Centre to view displays and meet with children and parents.
They'll later get to hone their culinary skills at the Quebec Tourism and Hotel Institute, where the duke and duchess will attend a cooking workshop and reception.
The couple will be sampling from dishes highlighting the province's cultures and local wines. Among the items on the menu for the four-course meal include Quebec foie gras on a toasted brioche served with apple cider jelly, loin of Charlevoix lamb, and Iles de la Madeleine lobster.
Polishing off the meal for dessert will be a white cloud —likened to a fresh cheesecake with maple caramel, feathery meringue and biscuit.
The royals are slated to dine with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and his wife Michele.
The couple's visit is expected to be met by protests outside by Quebec sovereigntists. At least a pair of demonstrations are expected during the William and Kate's two-day swing through the province, where there is a strong anti-monarchist sentiment.
Kate and William will wrap up Saturday by boarding the HMCS Montreal, where they'll set out for Quebec City.
On Friday, the first full day of the couple's cross-country tour coincided with Canada Day celebrations in the national capital.
They presided over a Canada Day citizenship ceremony, with hundreds of spectators gathered outside the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., just across the Ottawa River.
After they swore the oath, the new citizens took the stage one at a time to receive a folded Canadian flag from William, a handheld flag from Kate and warm wishes from them both.
It was when the duke and duchess arrived on Parliament Hill for Canada Day festivities that the party really got started.
Throngs of cheering supporters erupted with delight when the landau bearing the royal couple rolled into view.
The din and smoke from a 21-gun salute filled the streets before the prince and his wife stood alongside the Centennial Flame, the band playing the national anthem and "God Save the Queen."
In a brief speech in both English and French, William told hundreds of thousands of well-wishers that Canada should be "immensely proud" of its successes and sacrifices on the battlefields of Afghanistan.
He also brought greetings from his grandmother, "the Queen of Canada," who he said has warm, abiding memories of her own visit last year, and described his wife Kate's own interest in the country, her pilot grandfather having trained in Alberta.
Kate didn't take to microphone to address the massive crowd — estimated to number more than 300,000 — but made a statement with her stylish Canada Day ensemble.
The duchess came decked out in Canadian colours, wearing a cream dress by Reiss, the Queen's Maple Leaf brooch and a brilliant red fascinator adorned with maple leaves by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co.
Charlottetown, Yellowknife and Calgary are the other upcoming stops on the royal tour. The couple will leave will leave for California on July 8.