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Dazzling duchess captivates Canadians

PRINCE William and his wife, Kate, treated Canada to its very own royal wedding moment yesterday as they rode through Ottawa in a horse-drawn coach.

Up to half a million people roared their approval as the couple arrived for Canada Day celebrations in a state landau, pulled by thoroughbreds from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

It was the first time they had travelled in a carriage since their wedding day and the duchess delighted the crowd by wearing an outfit in Canada's national colours, topped by a red maple leaf hat.

Kate chose the same cream Reiss dress she had worn when Mario Testino took the couple's official engagement photographs, but added a diamond maple leaf brooch borrowed from Queen Elizabeth.


The crowd that assembled on Parliament Hill, the country's administrative centre, were thrilled by Kate's tribute.

Kaitlyn Leslie (23), from Toronto, said: "I love her hat -- it's a really nice touch."

On the day that would have been the 50th birthday of Princess Diana her son addressed a large audience

Prince William drew screams of approval as he said: "Bonjour Ottawa! Bonjour Canada! Bonne fete Canada!"

He also used the speech to tell his hosts how much Kate had wanted to visit Canada because her grandfather, who died last year, trained as an RAF pilot in Alberta during World War Two. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent