Will & Kate

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Royal Tour

In July 2011, Canada welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they embarked on their first overseas tour as a married couple. The royal tour took place from June 30 to July 8, 2011 and included Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the National Capital Region. As part of the royal tour, the Duke and Duchess visited Prince Edward Island on July 3 and 4.

The public portion of the Royal tour began with an event at Province House National Historic site at 10am on July 4th. Their Royal Highnesses greeted the public on Great George Street where The Duke of Cambridge presented remarks. Their Royal Highnesses then proceeded down Great George Street by state landau escorted by Mounted RCMP and viewed a performance by Confederation Centre Young Company at Confederation Landing Park.

Later that day, Their Royal Highnesses attended an event at Dalvay-by-the-Sea which included a waterbird emergency landing exercise with the Department of National Defence, a dragon boat race featuring Stanley Cup champ Adam McQuaid, and cultural performances by Aboriginal, Acadian and Celtic groups.

They finished off their day in Prince Edward Island in Summerside with an on-water search and rescue demonstration by the Canadian Coast Guard and departed from Summerside Airport destined for Yellowknife.

Prince William & Kate's top travel destinations

Top five travel destinations of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their first year of marriage - Toronto Sun (April 2, 2012)

As William and Kate prepare to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, their stop on PEI was seleted as a top five travel destinations of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their first year of marriage.

While the July 2011 Canadian tour of Prince William and Kate began in Ottawa, it was in Prince Edward Island that the couple really relaxed and showed off their true personalities during the events of the day. They joked with each other while competing in a dragon boat race, embraced Canada’s First Nations culture during a traditional Mi’kmaq smudging ceremony and devoured lobsters and clams on the beach. Prince William also captivated the crowds with a helicopter ‘water bird’ landing emergency exercise.