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06-30-2011, 08:01 PM
Mike Emrick
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GDT: William & Kate Visit Canada / Coming to L.A.!

Prince William and Kate tried out their French in public and put on their best British charm for screaming Canadians as the royal newlyweds began their first official overseas trip Thursday.

Poised and confident, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are formally known, thrilled the crowds with warm, unscripted gestures, wading into throngs of well-wishers to shake hands and accept flowers and other gifts.

To cheers of delight, William addressed his hosts in both English and French, then cracked a joke about his language skills. “It will improve as we go on,” the prince quipped, then noted how much he and Kate were “truly looking forward to this adventure.”

“Catherine and I are so delighted to be here in Canada. 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 said at the residence of the governor general of Canada.

If their first day is any indication, the royal couple will have a huge following all across the continent. Thousands of people gathered in front of the National War Memorial and at Rideau Hall, their second stop in the Ottawa area.

People from around Ottawa as well as outside the country had gathered at both locations, carrying signs, photographs of the couple and royal paraphernalia.

The couple will be in Canada for nine days. Here's a look at their itinerary:

June 30-July 2: National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec)
July 2: Montreal
July 3: Quebec City
July 3-4: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
July 4: Summerside, Prince Edward Island
July 4-6: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
July 6-8: Calgary, Alberta

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