Royal Roundup: William and Kate’s Royal Tour of Canada Begins

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Ottawa

After several weeks of meticulous planning and discussion, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally landed on Canadian soil Thursday afternoon (June 30), officially kicking off their first royal tour as a married couple.

As expected, all eyes were on the Kate, who stepped off the plane at Ottawa’s international airport looking refreshed in a lovely navy lace number created by Montreal-based designer Erdem Moralioglu. Navy seems to be her color of choice at the moment, as Kate donned a simple blazer by Canada’s Smythe les Vestes, and a matching “Manon” shift by France’s Roland Mouret prior to leaving London.

BBC News reports that a throng of screaming fans later welcomed the royal newlyweds to Canada’s National War Memorial, where “Prince William laid a wreath at the memorial and his wife Kate placed a bouquet of flowers before leaving for their official welcome at Rideau Hall.”

Once at Rideau Hall, Canada’s Government House where the couple will stay during their Ottawa visit, William addressed the masses with a quick, heartfelt speech, and showed off some of his French-speaking skills.

“Catherine and I are so delighted to be here in Canada,” William said. “Instilled in us by our parents and grandparents, who love this country, we have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time – and before we were married, we both had a longing to come here together.”

He continued: “The geography of Canada is unsurpassed and is famous for being matched only by the hospitality of its people.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-iaLZPhpH4

In other royal-related news:

Prince Harry‘s supposed new galpal, Florence Brudenell-Bruce, is apparently his very, very, very (say that five more times) distant cousin. “Her connection to the Royal family comes through Sir Edward Walpole, the son of Britain’s first prime minister Sir Robert Walpole,” The Daily Telegraph reports. “Sir Edward, who died in 1784, had a daugher, Maria, who married into the Royal family.”

• The Middleton sisters sure know how to spark a fashion fracas. Both of their respective fashion picks seen at Wimbledon this week have already sold out across the UK. The Duchess’ white “Moriah” sundress, which retails at $634 (£395), was reportedly scooped up by legions of royal-lovin’ fashionistas in five minutes, ultimately bringing the Temperley London website to a halt. And not surprisingly, sales of Pippa‘s $207 (£129) red “Wyldes” getup did the same thing to the Hobbs site.

• Speaking of dresses, British retailer Peacocks will soon carry a copycat version of Kate’s gorgeous Alexander McQueen wedding gown for a very affordable $96 (£60). The white, prom-styled dress will be available in sizes 8 to 18, and will feature many of the extra special details of Kate’s, but no train. The limited-edition run begins August 7. “Catherine’s dress had elements that translated well for our customers, the classic neckline with the overlay of lace, and full skirt, were not only classically beautiful but also flattering for a womanly figure,” Antonella Bettley, Peacocks’ head of ladieswear, told The Daily Telegraph.