Happy Canada Day! Duchess of Cambridge joins in the party with maple leaf hat and brooch borrowed from the Queen
Kate wears same white Reiss dress worn for official engagement portrait by Mario Testino
Last updated at 7:32 PM on 1st July 2011
They always knew the welcome would be warm.
But as they arrived for an official Canada Day show in an open-topped landau yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked simply overwhelmed by the adulation – and the heat.
More than half a million flag waving people crammed the streets of the city – many having travelled hundreds, if not thousands of miles - just to catch a glimpse of the glamorous newly-weds in temperatures of more than 90F.
Rapturous welcome: Prince William and his wife Catherine arrive at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation where they took part in a citizenship ceremony to mark Canada Day. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a red hat with maple leaves
Spectacular: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive by horse drawn landau to Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Flourish: The Duchess smiles for the cameras as she shows off her hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and CoWhile many were keen to see the prince, there is little doubt that it is Kate, 29, who is winning their hearts in what is widely considered to be a dress rehearsal for the rest of her public life.
Television channels and newspapers are offering wall to wall coverage of the new Duchess’s charm offensive - and while she insists she doesn’t want to be seen as just a ‘clothes horse’, Kate did not disappoint.
In her first 24 hours on Canadian soil there have no fewer than five different outfits, beginning with the £575 smart navy Smythe les Vestes blazer, Roland Mouret shift and Manolo Bhlanik pumps she sported on leaving Heathrow on Thursday.
This was followed by a blue and cream lace Erdem dress and her much-loved £175 LK Bennett cream pumps for her first two engagements, a visit to the National War Memorial followed by a formal welcome at Government House.
Atten-shun! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch a ceremonial display by soldiers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Wave for the crowds: The Prince and his wife's ride through Ottawa was reminiscent of their wedding procession through the streets of London
Style icon: Kate was in a white Reiss dress that she wore for her official engagement photograph
Pomp and ceremony: The Royal couple find time to share a joke during the celebrations (left) but were solemn and silent for the more formal parts
More than half a million flag-waving people crammed the streets see the glamorous Royal couple
Today there were another outfit to wow the crowds including another familiar sight, the cream £159 Nanette dress by high street store Reiss that she wore for her engagement portrait. The dress was topped off with a Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Co hat.
Proudly pinned to the Duchess’s dress was The Queen Mother’s diamond Maple Leaf brooch, given to the late monarch by the people of Canada in 1939 and passed down through a generation of royal women.
She accessorised this time with an on-trend Anya Hindmarch tan and coral clutch, in the shape of a fan.
Her final outfit was to be unveiled overnight at an evening pop and rock concert.
And next week Kate is set to create a stir again when she dons full ‘western’ dress including jeans, shirt and cowboy boot at a rodeo in Calgary.
On their first full day of engagements in Ottawa, the launch pad for their gruelling 11 day tour of Canada and the US, the couple attended a Citizenship Ceremony.
The Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke as they visit the Canadian Museum of Civilisation
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat during a citizenship ceremony: Kate's brooch was borrowed from the Queen
Popular touch: Kate greets a mother with her newborn baby (left) and receives flowers off some of the crowds outside
Charmed: The couple greeted newly sworn in Canadian citizens who presented them with flags and flowers
Each took the Oath of Citizenship, professing loyalty to the prince’s grandmother, the Queen.
As each new citizen stepped forward, William presented them with a folded Canadian flag before his wife then handed over a small hand flag.
Then it was off to the official Canada Day celebrations in an open-topped carriage similar to the one the couple used on the way back to Buckingham Palace following their April wedding.
The state landau was built in the 1890s from hand-wrought iron and carved wood. It was bought by Governor General Earl Grey in 1911 for $4,000 and donated to the nation.
Hosts: William and Catherine followed by Canada's Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon on the escalator (left) as they arrive for the Citizenship Ceremony where they were seated together on stage
Happy couple: Kate and William stand alongside Canada's Governor General David Johnston (left) and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney (right)
The couple took their places in a VVIP section and watched the two hour show designed to celebrate the nation’s 144th birthday and featured both music and military displays.
William also gave a short speech to thunderous applause and high pitched screams in which he thanked the Canadian people for their welcome.
Aides have told the Mail the couple have been ‘thrilled and touched’ by the way in which the country – where the Queen is still head of state – has taken them to their hearts.
‘It’s unbelievable. I don’t any of us expected anything like this,’ they said.
Patriotism: Canadians dressed in red and brandishing signs supporting Kate and William swamped the event
Fans wait to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple
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