Prince William & Kate Arrive in Canada

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at a citizenship ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on Friday, July 1, 2011. The royal couple watched new citizens take the oath of citizenship, in which new Canadians pledge allegiance to the Queen. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
 
They've arrived! Prince William and new bride Kate touched down in Canada for the first leg of their North American tour Thursday right on schedule at 2 p.m. With much speculation about what Kate might wear on the 11-day swing through Canada and California, she began with a surprise – changing on the specially-loaned Canadian Forces airbus. With the blustery conditions playing havoc with her hair, she walked down the steps in a dress by Erdem Moralioglu, from Montreal, Canada. Described as a navy, lace Cecile shift scoop-backed dress of contrast stone crepe with a navy lace overlay, it has a sheer lace sleeve with a scallop detail.
Flitting between French and English, Prince William gave his first official remarks since arriving in Canada. "It will improve as we go on," the newlywed prince joked of his French, and noted how much he and Kate wanted to learn about the country that's providing them their first royal tour.
Minutes earlier, the couple had received a reception from a crowd several thousand-strong near to the national war memorial where they had laid a wreath. People stretched forward, handing Kate bouquets and gifts. The crowd shouted for both members of the royal couple, but seemed to favor one, with shouts of "We want Kate!"
"Thank you so much. We are so delighted to be here," she said. Occasionally she looked over to her husband on the other side of the crowd to make sure she was moving at an appropriate pace. At the war memorial, the William laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior that remembers more than 116,000 Canadians, especially those without graves. Kate pate placed a small posey at the memorial and warmly greeted the woman who had handed it to her, Mabel Girouard, whose son Bobby was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in 2006.
As she waited for her husband to finish his walkabout, Kate chatted with the Prime Minister and his wife saying, "That was so amazing, there were so many people there … How many do you think? We have been on the go since 7:30 this morning so it's been a long day." As the couple got into their official car, Kate was seen leaning on William's shoulder and grinning broadly.