Thursday, 29 September 2016

Royal Visit Canada, day five: shivering in the steam

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge going back to the future on a visit to Whitehorse on day five of their tour of Canada
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

Day five, bring out the coats. After a chilly night in Whitehorse at the end of day four, the next part of William and Kate's trip to Canada kept up the freeze factor and saw steam coming out of royal ears. Get ready to shiver, it's day five of Royal Visit Canada.

The day began with a trip back in time as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the MacBride Museum in Whitecross to learn about the history of Yukon.

There was a chance to mix modern with yesteryear as they saw a telegraph machine in action and then helped send the first ever telegraph to tweet message from the museum.

History is all about stories and royals have been involved in some of the best and most well known throughout time. This time round, William and Kate were listeners rather than participants as local children shared a storytelling experience with them.

There was more history as the royal couple stepped through the door of MacBride's telegraph office, standing on the wooden verandah - in 1959, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had visited the same office on their visit to the town.

All royal tours need a walkabout and on day five, William and Kate dived into the crowds enjoying a street party outside MacBride Museum to fulfill their wish of meeting as many people as possible during their stay there.


 Then it was off to Carcross where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted with traditional songs and dancing.

We know Kate loves art and she got to show off her skills when the couple visited the traditional Inland Tlingit and Tagish totem project. The Duchess of Cambridge showed what a dab hand she is with the paint brush by painting the eye on a totem pole. 

Then it was time for the children of Carcross to show their royal visitors around their new play area before things got really serious and William and Kate headed off to discover the joys of mountain biking.

Hopes were high that they would join in but they kept their participation to smiling from the sidelines before surprising everyone with an impromptu and rather hot looking addition to their schedule.

They were shown the White Pass steam train but rather than just taking a photo and moving on, the couple hopped on to its standings and had a wander along as it did its whole steamy train thing around them.

Cue photos of William and Kate tip toeing through steam as they clung on to the train for support and appeared to be having a great time.

Day five ended under the same crisp, chilly skies that had been there at the start. Tomorrow is all about the children as William and Kate head back to Victoria for a party with George and Charlotte. Things are warming up.

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