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article imagePrince William and Kate spend the morning in Charlottetown, PEI Special

By Sara Star     Jul 4, 2011 in Politics
Charlottetown - Mild weather greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today in Charlottetown, PEI, as they stepped out for a public appearance at the Province House.
Old or young, they all came, some from out of town, but mostly local.
One well-wisher, Dorothy Acorn says she has attended every royal visit in town; the first one being in 1939, when the Queen mother and King George visited. She also saw Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Diana.
Dorothy and Joan Acorn  show an old picture of Queen Elizabeth s visit to PEI  a time when girl guid...
Dorothy and Joan Acorn, show an old picture of Queen Elizabeth's visit to PEI, a time when girl guides wore felt hats, Province House, Charlottetown PEI, Prince William and Kate Canadian tour, July 2011
Police were watchful both on ground, rooftop and in the air. A helicopter circled overhead, flying lower each time around. Media were busy setting up, even brought an appearance of Ben Mulroney.
Ben Mulroney  Province House  Charlottetown PEI 
Prince William and Kate Canadian tour 
July 2011
Ben Mulroney, Province House, Charlottetown PEI, Prince William and Kate Canadian tour, July 2011
One lone young man with long hair and sunglasses came to protest. He held a banner "You are not my prince" and on the opposite side read "The crown is a corporation". He went on to say "I believe in love peace and cooperation." He even indicated that he didn't mind royals, "If they would do what they are supposed to do." The crowd was having none of it, and rebuked his arguments. One eventually put her umbrella in front of his sign to hide it from view.
The lone protester  Province House  Charlottetown PEI 
Prince William and Kate Canadian tour 
July 2...
The lone protester, Province House, Charlottetown PEI, Prince William and Kate Canadian tour, July 2011
The royal couple made their appearance a bit behind schedule, and was received by a cheering crowd. The Duchess wore a light-colored beige dress, sailor style, with matching dark shoes. She wore her hair tied back in a ponytail.
Province House  Charlottetown PEI 
Prince William and Kate Canadian tour 
July 2011
Province House, Charlottetown PEI, Prince William and Kate Canadian tour, July 2011
Prince William spoke briefly both in English and French, before the couple split up and greeted the crowd.
Province House  Charlottetown PEI 
Prince William and Kate Canadian tour 
July 2011
Province House, Charlottetown PEI, Prince William and Kate Canadian tour, July 2011
Melanie Turnbull had friends who had arrive at 2 am, to reserve seats for her. Wearing a bright purple hat paid off as Prince William shook her hand and complimented her attire.
Martha Weale passed on a gift to the couple, a Queen Anne Doll. Another royal watcher gushed that Prince William actually held her gold coin in his hand, but she could not afford to part with it.
Martha Weale shows her princess ring  Province House  Charlottetown PEI 
Prince William and Kate Can...
Martha Weale shows her princess ring, Province House, Charlottetown PEI, Prince William and Kate Canadian tour, July 2011
The Landau carriage brought in from Ottawa, soon whisked the couple away down Great George Street to the waterfront landing, where they had a brief walk. Just in time before the rain came down.
Next stop was Dalvay, then onto Summerside before they headed out to the Yellowknife, ending their eastern Canada visit.
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