The Vancouver portion of the royal tour has ended. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Vancouver Sunday morning where hundreds of people packed Jack Poole Plaza to catch a glimpse of the couple.
Light rain and cold weather did not faze the happy crowed who cheered and waved as Prince Will and Kate’s float plane landed in the harbour.
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.”
They walked through a pathway, shaking hands and taking flowers from the crowd, as well-wishers frantically snapped photos on their iPhones and cameras.
The next stop on their Vancouver tour was on the Downtown Eastside to tour Sheway – a pregnancy outreach clinic.
The couple sat down with mothers who face drug and alcohol addiction.
One mother was lucky to get some face time with the royal couple to chat about the clinic. Cameo says she was touched when Kate interacted with her baby Jasmine, just three-months-old.
“They touched her hand and foot and everything, she had a royal touch. They came right up to the table when she was being weighed and we were face-to-face, very close.”
Cameo says it’s an experience she’ll never forget and a story she can’t wait to tell her daughter Jasmine when she grows up.
ISS of BC
Next was the Immigrant Services Society of B.C. to greet a crowd of fans.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Trudeau joined the couple.
ISS of BC is the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the world, it provides settlement, education and employment services to refugees and immigrants.
The Duke and Duchess met with staff members and refugees. Trudeau spoke about his government’s efforts to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees.
Kitsilano Coast Guard
The final stop on their Vancouver tour was the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base.
The Royal Couple was accompanied by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie.
They toured the base and chatted with First Responders.
Thousands of people greeting Prince William and Kate, and some got more than a glimpse of the couple.
“The Duke, he was coming down the other side and he ended coming up kind of straight to where I was standing near the rail here and he shook my hand and he offered to take my flowers for Kate,” said Alana Brodie, who had been waiting hours to see the Royals.
The Duke and Duchess spent five minutes greeting the crowd before boarding a hovercraft heading for Sea Island Coast Guard Station in Richmond.
What’s next on their B.C. Tour?
The couple is set to arrive at Bella Bella on Monday and tour the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Duke of Cambridge will mark the dedication of the Rainforest as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative.
The couple is also set to visit Kelowna, Haida Gwaii and Yukon.
The Royal Family will return home on October 1.