Kate and William arrive in Canada for their first tour
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Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have arrived in Canada to sunny skies and crowds of up to half a million people.
It is their much-awaited first official royal tour as a married couple, and their visit is expected to bring a huge boost to Canadian tourism.
The couple, pictured here on the runway heading to the Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft at London's Heathrow Airport, landed in Ottawa at 2pm local time.
While there, the royal couple will be keeping to a tight schedule.
First they will lay a wreath at the National War Museum, before celebrating Canada Day on Parliament Hill. They are due to open the Calgary Stampede and go canoeing in the Northwest Territories before taking off to Los Angeles.
Canada's prime minister has even unveiled a personal flag for use during William's visit.
It is the first flag to be created by Canada for a member of the royal family since 1962, when the queen adopted a personal flag for her own use in Canada.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the flag was approved by the queen and William.
Prince William also plans to demonstrate his skills as a helicopter rescue pilot by taking part in a water landing demonstration, and the couple is scheduled to put on aprons and take part in a cooking workshop in Quebec City.
The prince and Kate will then jet to Los Angeles on July 8 and will host a gala dinner there the next night to introduce up-and-coming British film talent to Hollywood executives.
The southern California trip includes a $4,000 three-course meal and a charity polo match up close with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are formally known.
So far, about 1,000 VIP tickets have been sold to the polo match along with about 400 general admission passes, raising nearly $4.4 million for the July 9 event. William plans to play in the match, and his wife will award the trophy to the winning team.
William will be celebrating Canada's birthday on Friday, the same day his mother Diana would have turned 50.
He is due to say a few words at a number of stops. Kate is not scheduled to speak.
The couple will then travel from the sub-Arctic to oil-rich Calgary, Alberta, from busy Montreal to Prince Edward Island.
They'll sit around a campfire with young people, dress casual for the Calgary rodeo, join a cookout in Quebec City and hand out flags to newly-minted Canadians at a citizenship ceremony.
Click on the image below to the highlights of the Canadian tour.