The Cambridges arrive in Canada
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive in Canada for their seven day tour
(photo The Crown in Canada Twitter)
William, Kate, George and Charlotte touched down in Victoria, British Colombia on a cool, grey afternoon but there was no missing this family of four as they stepped out in a very royal shade of blue and managed to negotiate the never easy airplane steps while all holding hands without so much as a wobble. It was a good start all round.
On had to meet the royal party was the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and his wife, Sheila but king in waiting, George, had his eye on someone else almost as soon as he stepped off the plane. A cheeky wave while mum and dad were talking to the grown ups seemed to be aimed at Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and his wife, Sophie who were part of the official welcome too.
William also spoke in French before reminding all those listening that he and his family wanted to meet as many people as possible during their stay in Canada. Given the turnout and huge interest in this tour, that won't be too big an ask.
There were also words of welcome from the Governor of Canada who said that ''when we last welcomed you to Canada in 2011, you were on your very first tour as a married couple. Now, you've come back as a family and we couldn't be happier''. Justin Trudeau told them 'I am confident that wherever you go, Canadians will make you feel right at home'.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laid a wreath at the warm memorial outside the British Colombia Government Buildings.
There was also time for a walkabout where a sizeable crowd got a chance to chat, cheer and take photographs before it was inside for more official welcomes.
There were meetings with Justin and Sophie Trudeau and with David and Sheila Johnston before William and Kate could head off to the kids and get ready for this tour - George's second and Charlotte's debut.