Day 5: 4 July 2011
Charlottetown & Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
It rained. Hard. But the downpour didn’t stop the people from coming… nor the couple from delivering. More relaxed, dressed down and at ease, day 5 was by far the funnest day of the tour!
Official Arrival to Prince Edward Island. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Province House by landau. It started drizzling. No umbrellas. Adoring crowd. A speech by William. And a word of advise from the PEI premier — who himself was also married to a Kate — to Prince William: “Kates are always right.”
Waterbird Emergency Landing Procedure. Prince William piloted a Sea King helicopter for a “waterbird” emergency landing procedure at Dalvay-by-the-Sea (essentially landing the chopper on water). An excellent student, his trainer said he nailed the landing each time. While on hair, he looked for his wife on the shore and waved to her. She waved back. Kate was later spotted taking pictures.
Dragon Boat Racing. Another highlight. William & Kate joined opposing teams on rowing dragon boats across the lake. Who won? William. By quite a margin. But what captured everyone’s attention what the little cuddle the couple shared after the race. Loser Kate was actually jokingly trying to push William to the water, and he in turn gave her a quick and sweet squeeze. As royal reporters say, it produced the best picture from the tour so far. After the race, they joined a welcome ritual, enjoyed youth performances, savoured local delicacies and once again, did walkabouts in the rain. They were drenched. And so was the crowd. But none of that mattered.
Search and Rescue Demonstration at Summerside Harbour. A search and rescue demonstration, and a lengthy walkabout, meeting veterans from the service.
What Kate Wore: Kate had 4 wardrobe changes today! Started with the knit Alexander McQueen dress for the more formal activities; a navy coat with a red scarf as she watched her husband waterbirding; skinny jeans, a black jacket and flats for the dragon boat race; and back to the navy coat and wedges for the Search & Rescue demo.
Then it’s off to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories….
- The Daily Mail’s recap: William rules the waves; Kate looks oarsome
- Fashion roundup: Kate single-handedly changing the face of fashion
- Crowd reports: words from the crowd in Summerside
- Details: William & Kate’s Canadian Tour
- Prince William to Spend Less Time with Kate Middleton as Duty Calls
- Prince William Makes His First Royal Rescue
- Prince William Qualifies as Sea King Rescue Pilot
- Prince Harry & Sentebale Update