A Royal Sunday in Kitsilano

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The shiny, happy royals spent some time in Kitsilano this weekend. As reported by CBC News, the royal tour of Vancouver wrapped up at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base where Prince William and Kate boarded a hovercraft for their journey back to Victoria.

The day began downtown when Prince William and Kate arrived by float plane just before 11 a.m. Sunday. They were greeted by thousands of fans at Jack Poole Plaza and took the time to chat, shake some hands, receive some flowers and even a stuffed bear for the youngsters. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were not travelling with their parents. They remained at Government House in Victoria, which is serving as the family’s home base for most of the eight-day visit.

After their walkabout, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left in the motorcade for private visits to two local charities.

The first stop was Sheway, an organization on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that provides support to women who are pregnant or parenting and are dealing with drug and alcohol issues.

The royal couple then met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau outside the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.’s new welcome centre. Trudeau explained to the royal couple how Canada is helping 31,000 refugees from Syria settle into life in the country, including dealing with the weather.

Just after 3 p.m. they arrived at the newly reopened Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to discuss the mental health challenges of first responders, and meet Indigenous leaders.Afterwards they stepped outside for a walk on the bike path and a look at the search and rescue equipment before departing by hovercraft to the Sea Island Base, and then by helicopter for Victoria.

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Last modified: October 2, 2016

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