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William & Kate - The Royals

Prince William and Kate arrive in Gatineau, Que., for citizenship ceremony

Prince William and Kate arrive in Gatineau, Que., for citizenship ceremony The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at a citizenship ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec, Friday July 1, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)


by: Canadian Press
Date: 7/1/2011 11:26:00 AM ET

GATINEAU, Que. -- A frenzied Canadian welcome greeted Prince William and Kate today as they kicked off the first full day of their royal tour by presiding over a Canada Day citizenship ceremony.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged from their motorcade to a blast of raucous cheering from hundreds of spectators gathered outside the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., just across the river from Ottawa.

Kate was resplendent in Canadian colours -- a cream dress by Reiss, complete with the Queen's Maple Leaf brooch, and a brilliant red fascinator by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co. -- while William wore an understated blue suit with red tie.

Once inside, they sat silently alongside Governor General David Johnston and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney as 25 new Canadians were warmly welcomed to their new home.

Earlier, a small handful of protesters who oppose requiring Canadian citizens to pledge allegiance to the Queen were also on hand outside to register their displeasure.

But they were dramatically outnumbered by the hundreds of pro-royal spectators, who broke into spontaneous renditions of "O Canada" and "God Save the Queen" to drown out the naysayers.

As they waited for the royal couple, families of those waiting to be sworn in as new Canadians posed for pictures with Mounties and next to the soaring totem poles on the museum's main hall.

The royal couple will be on hand for Canada Day festivities in the shadow of the Peace Tower later today. In anticipation of the afternoon's events, hundreds of spots along the royal route in Ottawa were already occupied by avid celebrants.


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