William And Kate Prince On Edward Island

William and Kate on Prince Edward Island

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to compete in a dragon boat race on opposing teams as they continue their tour of Canada.

The royal couple's trip around the Commonwealth country has taken them to the bustling cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec but their itinerary will take them to see some of the nation's picturesque spots.

William and Kate have starring roles in the boat race and have been given the task of steering their team mates to victory as they cross a lake in the province of Prince Edward Island.

After congratulating the winning team, the couple will be welcomed by First Nations people with a traditional Mi'kmaq smudging ceremony led by Lennox Island First Nation Chief, Darlene Bernard and Abegweit First Nation Chief, Brian Francis.

During the day the Duke will have the chance to show off his flying skills when he takes part in a dramatic helicopter drill.

William, an RAF Search and Rescue pilot, will join the crew of a Canadian Sea King helicopter in making a controlled landing on water know as "waterbirding".

William and Kate will also learn about Canada's history at Province House in Charlottetown where they will meet "Founder Fathers" in period costume before the Duke gives a speech.

As part of their day the couple will take part in a walkabout, enjoy different types of music from the Maritime provinces, including Arcadian, Celtic and First Nations, and sample local delicacies - such as chocolate covered potato crisps and the region's famous lobster.

The relaxed community atmosphere continues when the Duke and Duchess join youngsters playing beach sports on the dunes before going on to Summerside to meet officers from the Canadian Force's search and rescue unit, their families and people saved by the service.

At the end of the day the Royal Canadian Air Force will take them on their longest trip within the country to the remote city of Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories which is above 60 degrees latitude so the sun is unlikely to set during their stay.


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