Sunday, 2 October 2016

Royal Visit Canada: the Cambridges wave goodbye

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children wave goodbye to Canada
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

It all ended as it began, with a family of four. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said farewell to Canada after an eight day visit with a quick walk in the autumn sunshine and then a trip by seaplane as they started their journey home. Royal Visit Canada is over.

This little royal family said goodbye at the harbour in Victoria. While the start of the tour involved official welcomes, hats, airplane steps and prime ministers, the finale was focused on an autumnal stroll and a family outing before the curtain came down.

William, Kate, George and Charlotte begin their long journey home
(photo Province of British Columbia via Flickr)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left their home from home in Victoria with their children, Charlotte in Kate's arms and George holding William's hand. A quick trip by car brought them to Victoria Harbour where the tour came to an end.

The family then made the short walk to the seaplane that would take them on a tour of the harbour before they headed off into the sunset.

 The last sight of this royal foursome in Canada was of George with his nose pressed against the glass and his ear protectors on as he settled down in his seat for the seaplane fun. 

After eight days of engagements, balloons, smiles and dogs to sit on, the first overseas visit by the Cambridges as a family of four was over. The Duke of Cambridge sent a special message on the Kensington Palace Twitter account thanking Canada for its hospitality and for helping the royal couple make special memories for their children. After a formal start and an informal ending, a heartfelt message of thanks. The perfect finale for #RoyalVisit Canada.

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