More than half a million flag waving people crammed the streets of the city – many having travelled hundreds, if not thousands of miles – just to catch a glimpse of the glamorous newly-weds in temperatures of more than 90F.Spectacular: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive by horse drawn landau to Parliament Hill in Ottawa Flourish: The Duchess smiles for the cameras as she shows off her hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Co
In her first 24 hours on Canadian soil there have no fewer than five different outfits, beginning with the £575 smart navy Smythe les Vestes blazer, Roland Mouret shift and Manolo Bhlanik pumps she sported on leaving Heathrow on Thursday.
Adoring public: The Duchess of Cambridge meets fans in sweltering conditions This was followed by a blue and cream lace Erdem dress and her much-loved £175 LK Bennett cream pumps for her first two engagements, a visit to the National War Memorial followed by a formal welcome at Government House.
In the evening there was a ‘fun’ BBQ with the cream of Canada’s youth for which Kate rolled out another pair of old favourites, the Issa bird print wrap dress she wore the day before she got married with a pair of Pied a Terre sling back wedge heels.
Atten-shun! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch a ceremonial display by soldiers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Wave for the crowds: The Prince and his wife’s ride through Ottawa was reminiscent of their wedding procession through the streets of London Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed them to an afternoon program at Parliament Hill as ‘the world’s most famous newlyweds’ and said they represent ‘our unbreakable link with our past and our unqualified optimism for the future’.
The Royal couple watched intently while 25 young men and women – from vastly different backgrounds and cultures - became fully-fledged Canadians.
Each took the Oath of Citizenship, professing loyalty to the prince’s grandmother, the Queen.
As each new citizen stepped forward, William presented them with a folded Canadian flag before his wife then handed over a small hand flag.
Then it was off to the official Canada Day celebrations in an open-topped carriage similar to the one the couple used on the way back to Buckingham Palace following their April wedding.
The state landau was built in the 1890s from hand-wrought iron and carved wood. It was bought by Governor General Earl Grey in 1911 for $4,000 and donated to the nation.
But the stifling heat took its toll and Kate’s make-up began to melt. She gestured towards her cheeks and told Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife Laureen: ‘I’m just so hot. It’s incredible.’
Some people had waited through the night to see the Royal couple Patriotism: Canadians dressed in red and brandishing signs supporting Kate and William swamped the event