The Royal Family was met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her son, Hamish, and Governor-General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon.
Watch below: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arrived at Victoria Airport on Day 1 of the Royal Visit to Canada. Keith Baldrey has a recap of their day.
Premier Clark was ready to greet them when she arrived just before 3 p.m. and weighed in on selfie etiquette and fashion in a personal interview with Global News.
Crowds of people surrounded the blue gates on the lawn of the legislature, holding British Columbian and Canadian flags. The first fans arrived at 4:30 a.m.–almost 12 hours ahead of the royals’ scheduled landing.
The royal couple travelled to Victoria with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Their next stop was Government House – where they will be based throughout the tour – for a very brief stop to drop off their children.
Watch below: Will and Kate arrive to cheers at the B.C. legislature in Victoria, lay a wreath at the Cenotaph and walk the red carpet
Just after 5 p.m. they visited the B.C. legislature where they officially opened the tour by paying their respects at Victoria’s Cenotaph and unveiled a plaque paying tribute to the veterans of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.
This official welcome was open to the public and featured an honor guard and speeches.
“Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada,” Prince William said in his address to the crowd.
Watch below: Prince William jokes about his rusty French, Justin Trudeau offers parenting advice and Christy Clark goes back in history
Watch below: Turns out not everyone in the large crowd at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria was waiting to see Prince William and Kate…
(By Amy Judd and Erika Tucker Global News)