William and Kate travel in sea plane on tour of Canada

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have flown by seaplane to Vancouver on the latest leg of an eight-day Canada tour.

They made the 30-minute journey from Victoria in a Twin Otter aircraft and were greeted by thousands of people gathered on Vancouver’s waterfront.

The duke and duchess later met refugees at an immigration centre and went to the Kitsilano coastguard station.

It is first time the Cambridges have toured as a family of four, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

william-and-kate-reportersbdThe royal couple were greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was on the harbour side, before meeting well-wishers on a walkabout.

He later paid tribute to the royal couple, saying they are “strong advocates for young people.

“Whether it’s speaking out about cyber bullying, creating more opportunities for young people to lead in their community through sport coaching, or helping children and young people affected by addiction in their families.”

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He said the duke and duchess “understand the need to support and encourage the world’s youth”.

Departing Victoria for Coal Harbour, in British Columbia, the duke and duchess were given earplugs for the flight because, although it is the easiest way to travel from Victoria to Vancouver, it is also the noisiest.

A royal aide said: “It was very smooth flying. The duke was very interested in the landing and the different conditions they work in. They spent a lot of time looking at the incredible views from both sides of the plane.”

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