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article imageWilliam and Kate on Parliament Hill for Canada Day

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 1, 2011 in World
Ottawa - Roayl couple William and Kate presented flags to new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony, and then attended celebrations on Parliament Hill to mark Canada Day during their visit.
Following the citizenship ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled in a horse-drawn landau to Parliament Hill, where thousands of people had gathered for celebrations to mark the country's 144th birthday.
Many people, some of whom had arrived the evening before to get a good spot, chanted "Will and Kate" as they pulled into the area.
"We've been here since 11 p.m. last night," one young woman told CTV. "We're just so inspired by Will and Kate."
Kate dressed in Canadian colours for the event, with a white dress and red hat and shoes, and the the Queen's maple leaf brooch. William wore a blue suit with a red tie.
Prince William spoke to the crowd in both French and English, and mentioned that Kate's grandfather had trained in Alberta as a young pilot during World War ll.
"To be here on Canada Day — a day of unity, a day of coming together as families, and as a nation — is even more special for us," the CBC quoted him as saying.
William said he brought greetings from "the Queen of Canada," adding that she has warm memories of her visit last year.
He also spoke of the Canadian Forces, which is scheduled to cease its combat role in Afghanistan during the next year, saying:
"Our Armed Forces have always led the world in rallying to the defence of freedom. From Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach, through Korea and the Balkans to Kandahar province, the sacrifice of Canadians has been universally revered and respected."
Music, a 21-gun salute, a fly past and a march past were including in the ceremonies on Parliament Hill.
Following the show, William and Kate did a walkabout.
Greg Kolz became so flustered when the Royal couple greeted him that he said, “Merry Christmas.”
“His response was brilliant, that he had done that once or twice, himself. I think we did a high-five thing and then I had a chance to collect myself and wish him a happy Canada Day," he told the Ottawa Citizen. "It worked out beautifully, the last 10 minutes made the last 18 hours or so worthwhile.”
A music concert , diplomatic reception and firework show were also part of the day planned for William and Kate.
July 1 was the second day of their nine-day tour of Canada.
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