The little royals make their second public appearance in Canada

By Tiare Dunlap
Updated October 04, 2016 07:39 PM
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The last time he had a public playdate,

Prince George was eight months old and already a future king in the making.

Now, two years after that memorable outing Down Under, 3-year-old George and his nearly 17-month-old sister Princess Charlotte met the children of military families in Victoria, Canada, on Thursday morning as part of the royal family’s week-long tour of Canada.

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George and Charlotte were the center of attention as Prince William and Princess Kate joined other parents at the special reception at Government House – where the family is based during their stay.

And Charlotte gave her parents quite the workout as she excitedly took off towards a giant balloon archway. The littlest royal couldn’t get enough of the colorful balloons, she was even overheard shouting, “pop pop!” according to reports. Charlotte also called Prince William, “Dada.”

Meanwhile, George was busy getting into a little mischief of his own, reportedly squirting his little sister and dad with an orange fish-shaped bubble gun.

The royal siblings also enjoyed playing with some of the animals at the party. George sat on one of the two ponies at the party and – not to be outdone – Charlotte sat on a dog named “Moose.”

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“A group of military families have been invited to share what should be a really lovely morning with plenty of surprises for the children,” the couple’s spokesman explained before the tour began.

It is likely to be the only time that the royal children will be seen in public, apart from their grandstand arrival on Saturday and their departure this weekend.

Since they were introduced at the bottom of the steps of the Canadian air force jet plane on September 24 (no high-fives from George!), the children have spent most of their time in the grand old home, looked after by their nanny Maria Turrion Borrallo. Each evening, apart from when William and Kate headed to Whitehorse, Yukon overnight Tuesday, the couple returned to Victoria to see the children.

The young family will spend the rest of Thursday privately together, aides said.