SETTLING A SCORE
On the first leg of their North American trip, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge cheers on her husband Prince William as he takes an impromptu shot during a hockey match with kids in Yellowknife, Canada, on July 5. “She told me that she would have taken a shot if she wasn’t in heels,” an onlookers says of Kate, who looked elegant in a By Malene Birger linen dress.
After nearly a week of steady socializing, the royal newlyweds sneak away for some time alone on Blachford Lake, where they paddled a canoe to Eagle Island (a.k.a. Honeymoon Island). After docking on the romantic isle, Kate and William dined on cranberries, bannock bread, and caribou steaks cooked over an open fire, before taking in the sunset.
HOPE & FAITH
A day later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge journey to Slave Lake, Alberta – a town ravaged by a wildfire in May. The couple’s visit comforts residents of the area, who held up banners that read, “We love you for coming” and “Welcome Will and Kate.”
OUT WITH A BANG
William and Kate are met with applause at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill on July 1, after glamming up for a concert to celebrate Canadian music. The Duchess (in a purple Issa dress) later joins her hubby at a reception at the Foreign Office, where they’re feted with fireworks.
TREE OF LIFE
The following day, Kate (in a gray Catherine Walker dress) digs deep while helping her hubby plant an Eastern Hemlock in a park at Rideau Hill as a symbol of their love. The tree falls right in the shadow of a Pin Oak previously planted by William’s parents on his first birthday in 1983.
THE FRIENDLY SKIES
After three days in Ottawa, William and Kate glamorously bid farewell on July 2, boarding a plane headed to the next leg of their busy Canadian tour: Montreal.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
After touching down in Montreal, the Duchess of Cambridge ditches her designer duds for an apron, which she dons during a cooking lesson at the prestigious Institut de Tourisme et d’Hotellerie du Quebec on July 2. While her husband whips up a soufflé, the newly minted housewife wows the kitchen crowd with her foie gras on toasted brioche with apple cider jelly.
KID & PLAY
Always up for making new friends, the Prince sees eye to eye with a band of youngsters at Fort Levis in Quebec City. Later, the Duchess tells a well-wisher that she hopes to someday have children of her own with William.
After their heated race at the oceanfront resort of Dalvay-by-the-Sea, the Duke and Duchess take part in a traditional Mi’kmaq “smudging” ceremony alongside Prince Edward Island’s Premier Robert Ghiz and his wife Kate. The ritual, which involves an elder lighting sage leaves and wafting the smoke with an eagle wing, is thought to be spiritually cleansing.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take another carriage ride – this time escorted by Royal Canadian Mounties! – during Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1. Kate, who repurposes the same Reiss dress she wore for her engagement portrait, embraces Canada’s maple leaf symbol, prominently featured on her crimson fascinator by Lock amp Co.’s milliner Sylvia Fletcher.
After being greeted with a 21-gun salute, William and Catherine squeeze in a photo op at the Canadian Museum of Civilization with a group of newly sworn-in Canadian citizens. “Catherine and I especially are so thrilled and excited by the prospect of the next eight days of being part of the Canadian family,” the Prince tells the crowd. “It will be an adventure that we’ll never forget.”
On the eve of Canada Day, Kate proves to be a quick-change royal upon landing at Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The windswept Duchess, wearing a lacy frock by Montreal designer Erdem Moralioglu, gamely greets admirers including royal watcher Kellen Schleyer, who presents her with a bouquet of flowers.
A MOMENT OF SILENCE
A hush falls over the crowd at the National War Memorial, where the solemn couple pay their respects as they step up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a ceremony led by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
WALK THIS WAY!
The Duchess of Cambridge charms the enthusiastic crowd of about 6,000 during a leisurely walkabout at Rideau Hall – the home to Canada’s Governor General and the site of Kate and William’s official welcoming ceremony.
RIGHT ON 'CUE
Inside Rideau Hall, William and Kate (in an Issa dress, her third wardrobe change of the day) mingle with Prime Minister Harper (pictured) and 120 of Canada’s most service-driven youth at a barbecue dinner in their honor. “Talk among yourselves,” the Prince joked when a hush fell over the gathering upon their arrival.
COME FLY WITH ME
In the outfit that started it all, Kate arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport on June 30 to embark on her Canadian adventure with husband Prince William. The newlywed earns fashion (and diplomacy!) points for her navy ensemble: a tailored blazer by Canadian brand Smythe Les Vest over a Roland Mouret dress.