It was the final day in Canada for William and Kate yesterday, and we got to see both Prince George and Princess Charlotte wave goodbye before the Cambridges left.
The day began with a charitable visit, to the Cridge Centre for the Family in Victoria. This non-profit society offers child care, supportive housing and support for victims of domestic violence amongst other things. The Duke and Duchess spoke to those who had been helped by the centre.
We learnt that Prince George loves pizza and pasta when Catherine was discussing cooking with a young Downs Syndrome visitor who said she loved to cook these things.
As ever, crowds gathered outside to get a glimpse of the Royals. There were more presents, including ice-hockey jerseys for George and Charlotte.
A donation to mark the Royal visit was announced by Justin Trudeau as the Cambridges were out and about: $100,000 CAD will be split between the Prince’s Charities Canada (one of Prince Charles’ initiatives) and the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, which the couple visited earlier in the week.
Mr Trudeau said: “In keeping with tradition, I am honoured to mark the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a gift that will help both indigenous youth as well as newcomers to Canada realise their dreams.
“Canadians have a real affection for the Royal family which was once again very much on display during this tour.” They sure do!
It was then onto BC Children’s Hospital to talk to mental health workers and sufferers. Sitting down to talk over coffee, the Royals listened to personal stories of hardship and success in people’s lives affected by mental heath issues, and how local Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre helped.
This ties in with William and particularly Kate’s work with mental health, as well as The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign.
Sailing came next, back at the harbour. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge boarded Pacific Grace, a replica of the famous Canadian Bluenose boat. They joined a team from the Sail and Life Training Society, which trains young people how to sail a tall ship and work as a team. We know Catherine is a a big sailing fan, having worked with the 1851 Trust and Ben Ainslie for a number of years.
The couple really got stuck in: “The Duchess was hauling on the halyard on the fore sail, really giving it some. She stuck it out the whole time. She was tough! They had a lot of fun and interacted with everyone.”
Kate took the helm at one point, showing her skills.
William, Kate, George and Charlotte then appeared for their goodbyes. The young Prince and Princess got some waving practise in, and George even shook the Governor General’s hand – you may remember Prime Minister Justin Trudeau couldn’t get a high-five out of him!
Kate, who had changed into a formal coat with The Queen’s maple leaf brooch, showed her young daughter a bouquet of flowers given and she smelled them, giving an adorable shot.
The Cambridges had a private plane tour of Vancouver Island before boarding a Canadian RAF plane to bring them back to the UK on a 10-hour flight.