Prince George and Princess Charlotte steal the show as Kate and William arrive in Canada

The royal children arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, with their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a Canadian military flight from Britain  at the start of an eight-day tour of the Commonwealth country’s west coast province and the Yukon further north.

George, 3, in blue jumper, navy shorts and long socks, walked off the Airbus 310 holding his father’s hand. Kate, in a blue Jenny Packham dress, Lock& Co hat, and the Queen’s maple leaf brooch, carried 16-month-old Charlotte – in a white and blue floral dress and wearing a ribbon in her hair – down the steps of the plane at the 443 Squadron Sea King helicopter base in Victoria, the provincial capital.

The family were greeted by dignitaries including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his glamorous wife Sophie, who wore a jaunty purple hat to match her outfit, Governor General David Johnston and British Columbia premier Christy Clark.

George, wobbling a little, held the hands of both his parents descending from the plane. “Watch the step,” William said, as they slowly made their way down.

As William chatted to Mr Trudeau, Kate tended to a somewhat shy Prince George. “Are you okay?” she asked him as she crouched down to hold his hand before lovingly stroking his hair and cheeks.

Before leaving in a motorcade to drop the children off at Government House, William told Premier Clark just how happy he was to be back. “I’ve been looking forward to it,” he said.
Kate complimented Mrs Clark’s son Hamish, who was dressed in a smart ivory suit. “That’s a lovely suit and tie,” she remarked.

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