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2016 Royal Tour to Canada: The first official visit for Will and Kate and their kids

Will & Kate's Royal Tour of Canada 2016

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2016 Royal Tour to Canada: The first official visit for Will and Kate and their kids

Highlights from the royal family's tour of Canada.

Following the royal couple’s 2011 Tour, this visit is their second official tour to Canada, and their first as a family of four. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children—three-year-old George and one-year-old Charlotte, who will be making her royal visit debut—will have a jam-packed schedule and a chance to meet many Canadians along the way. 

The weeklong tour runs from September 24 to October 1 and will kick-off in the west with a focus on British Columbia and Yukon. The itinerary includes stops in Victoria, Vancouver, Bella Bella, Kelowna, and Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, and Whitehorse and Carcross in the Yukon. "They are really looking forward to seeing other parts of this beautiful country," said a spokesman for Kensington Palace.

The Royals have a jam-packed schedule (with approximately 30 events planned) and will engage in a number of events, including a visit to the Great Bear rainforest, sampling British Columbia’s harvest, going fishing sailing a tall ship, along with a focus on a number of environmental and social issues. "The Royal Highnesses will highlight the many Canadians who volunteer or work in obscurity. This Tour, more than any other, features important engagements with Indigenous people," said The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to welcome the royal family on Saturday in B. C. They will open the tour with a plaque unveiling for the veterans of the Afghanistan conflict.

We will be highlighting our favourite moments from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit. Stay tuned! 

DAY 1: Victoria, B.C. 

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The royal family arrived in Victoria, B.C. on Saturday, where they were greeted by Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her son and B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon. 

The family stepped off the plane wearing colour-coordinated outfits in white and blue. Kate wore a blue Jenny Packham dress, which was gorgeous, but a bit of a surprise for many who thought she might wear red. But she wasn't without any Canadian elements: she wore a maple leaf brooch on her lapel. 

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Thousands of Canadian fans gave the royal family a warm welcome outside the Legislative Assembly in Victoria. 

"Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada," William told the crowd.

"We're so pleased that George and Charlotte could be with us in Canada this time around, beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country."

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The couple were officially welcomed by the Songhees First Nation and the ensuing ceremony included a performance by the Victoria Children's choir, a 21-gun salute and an official inspection of the honour guard. 

Next stop? Vancouver on Sunday. 

DAY 2: Vancouver, B.C. 

Will and Kate arrived in Vancouver at 11am on Sunday without George and Charlotte, who stayed in Victoria. As Prince William said yesterday during the welcoming ceremony, the royal couple is "very much looking forward to learning about how Canadians are tackling some of the biggest challenges of the day, including the environment, supporting young families, and the mental health of young people."

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Kate Middleton in Vancouver on September 25. 

Their Vancouver itinerary focuses on a number of these issues, including a visit to an outreach program for pregnant women and women with young kids dealing with alcohol and drug issues in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the welcome centre at the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., meeting young Canadian leaders who are making a difference and speaking about mental health issues that first responders face at the Kitsalano Coast Guard Station.

The couple will return to Victoria at the end of the day. 

Day 3: Bella Bella and Victoria, B.C.

William and Kate visited Bella Bella, an island village where the Heiltsuk First Nation live. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with chiefs, native elders and children.

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Wearing Alexander McQueen at an Olympics event

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In Catherine Walker to bid farewell to Canada

Kate wore a white Catherine Walker coat to say goodbye to Canada.

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In See By Chloe for a children's party

Kate wore this knit See By Chloe dress at a children's party for military families in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.

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Wearing Carolina Herrera in Whitehorse

This scarlet Carolina Herrera coat was a knockout on Kate as she visited the MacBridge Museum in Whitehorse as part of the Royal Tour.

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Wearing Sentaler in the Yukon

Kate embraces Canada with a Sentaler coat (a Canadian company) as she continued through the Yukon as part of the Canada Royal Tour.

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Wearing Dolce & Gabbana in B.C.

Kate wore a green Dolce & Gabbana dress to visit the Kelowna University during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 27, 2016.

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Wearing Preen by Thornton Bregazzi in Canada

HRH wore this beautiful red dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi while attending a reception at Government House, on the Royal tour of Canada.

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Weather-appropriate in Canada

To brave the rain Kate revealed weather-appropriate knee-high boots paired with a collared shirt and blue sweater.

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Wearing Alexander McQueen

The Duchess wore Alexander McQueen for her second outfit of the Royal Tour of Canada.

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Wearing Jenny Packham in Vancouver

Kate wore a blue Jenny Packham dress to kick off The Royal Tour of Canada.

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Kate Middleton In Altuzarra At The Stewards Academy

Kate wore a blue, printed Altuzarra dress in September 2016, accessorizing with L. K. Bennett heels and clutch.

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In L. K. Bennett visiting Young Minds UK

On a visit to mental health charity Young Minds UK, Kate wore a scarlett dress by L. K. Bennett.

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In L. K. Bennett while visiting Youthscape

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a favourite, L. K. Bennett, from head to toe. We've even seen this dress on Kate before!

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In Alexander McQueen for Wimbledon

Kate wore this stunning dress by Alexander McQueen to take in Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon in 2016.

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Wearing Roksanda Ilincic

At the 2016 Wimbledon tournament, Kate chose a bright yellow dress—a piece she wore to an event in Australia in 2014.

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Wearing Barbara Casasola

Kate joined in on the shoulder-baring trend, wearing this gorgeous white dress at the Natural History Museum in London.

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Elegant in lace

At the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Kate wore a poppy on her elegant collared lace dress.

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Wearing Dolce and Gabbana

At the Royal Ascot horse racing event in England, Kate chose a crisp, white, lace Dolce and Gabbana number.

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Wearing Catherine Walker

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, the duchess wore a beautiful blue coat dress by Catherine Walker.

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Wearing Roland Mouret at SportsAid

Kate stunned in this royal blue dress at a SportsAid event in June, 2016.

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On the cover of the Centennial issue of British Vogue

We love the outdoorsy feeling of Kate's appearance in British Vogue's 100 year anniversary issue.

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In the Centennial issue of British Vogue

Here she is in a simple striped top in British Vogue's Centennial issue.

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Wearing Naeem Khan

The Duke and Duchess sat on 'Diana's bench' infront of the Taj Mahal, where Princess Diana posed for photos during a 1992 tour. Kate wore a simple frock from Naeem Khan's 2015 Resort collection.

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Wearing traditional Bhutanese kira in Bhutan

Kate is wearing a traditional Bhutanese look to attend a welcome procession in Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, and to later try archery, the country's national sport. Her "skirt" is actually a half-kira that has been elegantly paired with a Paul and Joe wool cape.

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Wearing Anna Sui in India

Kate attended the Bihu Festival celebrations in an Anna Sui silk chiffon maxi dress from the designer's fall 2015 collection.

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Wearing Zara and RM Williams in India

Kate is sporting olive biker trousers from Zara and a ruffled button-down by RM Williams at Kaziranga National Park.

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Wearing Emilia Wickstead in India

Kate narrowly missed a Marilyn-moment with this white Emilia Wickstead dress.

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Wearing Temperley London for the Queen’s birthday

Kate wore a gorgeous two-piece ensemble by Temperley London in black and white for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration in India.

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Wearing Anita Dongre in India

Kate wore a prinited red maxi dress by Anita Dongre for the royal tour in India.

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Wearing Temperley London in India

Kate wore this stunning green Temperley London dress as she continued the royal tour in India.

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Wearing Alexander McQueen in India

Kate kicked off the royal India tour with this red, printed number by Alexander McQueen.

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Wearing Anita Dongre in India

Kate wore Indian designer Anita Dongre and tried her hand at cricket while wearing this gorgeous printed midi dress.

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Wearing Topshop in India

Kate kept it simple while she fed elephants at Kaziranga National Park in this Boho-chic Topshop dress. The dress is accented with black embroidery and tassel-tipped ties.

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Wearing Jenny Packham in India

Kate wore one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham, for her first formal, evening event in India.

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Wearing Saloni

This stunning royal blue dress with sheer detailing was a lovely look on the Duchess.

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Wearing Alexander McQueen for Charlotte's christening

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen coat dress for the christening of Charlotte. The fit and flare style stayed true to Kate's preferred silhouette and the Jane Taylor hat completed the look.

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Wearing Jenny Packham at the Spectre premiere

Kate looked glamorous in Jenny Packham as she attended the London premiere of James Bond's Spectre.

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Wearing Erdem

The Duchess of Cambridge wore this lovely floral printed Erdem dress in late 2015.

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Wearing Alexander McQueen for her wedding

The dress that launched a thousand lace-sleeved copy cats. Catherine married Prince William in a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown fit for a princess.

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