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Kate Middleton, Prince William begin North American tour

June 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Canada is all abuzz as it plays host to Prince William and wife Catherine. The royal couple touched down at Ottawa International Airport Thursday on the first leg of their North American tour.

One glance at excited onlookers and you'll see their visit is no doubt a welcome one. The couple was met by dignitaries and a little boy bearing flowers on their first official overseas trip since getting married.

"Let me be the first to congratulate you on your wedding," said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The two wed in late April at Westminster Abbey. Their fairytale wedding featured all the royal favorites- a breathtaking gown, carriage rides and kisses on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of adoring fans.

The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hit the ground running in Canada. They celebrated Canada Day and visited the National War Memorial where they laid a wreath for the fallen. They then headed to Ottawa City Hall for their official welcome.

The prime minister also honored William by unveiling a personal flag for use during his stay. It's the first flag to be created by Canada for a member of the royal family since 1962 when the queen adopted a personal flag of her own.

Their stay in Canada will last nine days and feature several events. Next the couple will travel to Southern California on July 8. A highlight of their trip is a charity event at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.

The price for a three-course meal and polo game featuring the prince is $4,000. However some might say a chance to hobnob with the hottest young royal couple on the planet is priceless. 1,000 general admission tickets have already been sold.

William plans to play in the match, and his wife will award the trophy to the winning team.

Other stops in California include a visit to an arts program for inner-city Los Angeles school children. The royal couple will also reportedly visit with close friends and wedding guests David and Victoria Beckham at their Malibu mansion.

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