Hundreds of people packed Jack Poole Plaza and spilled onto surrounding downtown Vancouver streets to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
A light drizzle didn’t faze the well wishers as they cheered and waved Canadian and British flags as the royal couple’s float plane landed in the harbour.
William and Kate were greeted by Premier Christy Clark, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, chiefs of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh and MLA Melanie Mark.
Kate was wearing a red-and-white patterned dress by the late British designer Alexander McQueen, with her hair down, red shoes and a red purse.
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Carol Wall is visiting from Britain with her husband and has never seen any royals at home.
“It’s been incredibly heart-warming and I’m very proud it has brought quite a lump to my throat I’m very proud to see so many people still have that love and excitement at seeing them coming here to visit it’s been an honour.”
Natasha Cajure camped out since midnight to get a good spot.
“It was a little cold but I love Prince William since I was a little girl and my bedroom is plastered with posters of him so this is a dream come true today.”
“I was in coffee shops around here and stuff like that, but there were quite a few people who were here overnight. I loved Diana so much too, she inspired me to do a lot of the humanitarian work that I do, I’ve loved them all for so long.”
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Those gathered in the plaza cheered and waved Canadian flags as the couple arrived on the dock. The pair spoke for several minutes with Clark and Robertson before taking an elevator up to the plaza.
They walked through a pathway, shaking hands and taking flowers from the crowd, as well-wishers frantically snapped photos on their iPhones and cameras.
Will spoke with one side of the crowd while Kate spoke with the other. Both spent time talking with people and appeared to be trying to shake hands with everyone they could.
As the pair finally got into a vehicle and left in a motorcade, there were cheers and cries of “Kate! Kate!” from the crowd.
Chinaz Racmoud waited hours with friends who wanted to see Prince William and Kate.
“They’re younger, gorgeous, and tanned, and slim… I need to get on a diet (laughs). And then royal, really humble, looked beautiful. It was worth the early wake-up.”
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Among the fans was Angela Seymour and her family from Kamloops.
“It’s my daughter’s birthday, and I’m here with my mom, and I just thought we would come down and be part of the excitement.”
“We were so excited because we saw that Prince William was on the other side and she was just coming right to us and all of a sudden she was there and right in front of us and I reached out my hand, and I don’t know why I did that but I just did and she grabbed my hand and I said welcome to Vancouver, thanks so much for coming.”
The Royals will be on their way from here to the Downtown East Side to tour Sheway, a pregnancy outreach clinic.
This is the couple’s second visit to Canada, the first being in late June and early July of 2011 when they visited Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, Charlottetown, Yellowknife, Slave Lake, and Calgary.