GDT: William & Kate Visit Canada / Coming to L.A.!
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06-30-2011, 08:27 PM
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Ottawa to thousands of royal watchers and red carpet treatment at the Ottawa Airport, then the National War Memorial.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, served as their tour guides, joining the couple in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Dozens of fans arrived more than nine hours early for a front-row seat, including 50-year-old Francine Dorion, who leaned over the barricade in keen anticipation of Will and Kate's first international visit.
"I made a painting for them and I hope to give it to them. A nice little present from people from Canada," said Dorion, who planted herself at 5 a.m. Thursday.
As the couple walked along the barricade, many royal watchers also had big grins, especially Dorion after Kate stopped and accepted her painting.
"Especially up close and receiving that gift, oohhh, it's exciting. I'm very excited," she said as she watched a fellow fan's recording of the exchange.
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