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A Canadian Forces Sea King helicopter with British Prince William on board takes part in a demonstration in Dalvay by-the-Sea, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on Monday.
updated 7/4/2011 3:10:54 PM ET 2011-07-04T19:10:54

Prince William put his military helicopter training to the test Monday with his first water landing before crowds in Canada, where he and his wife, Kate, have been on their first official overseas trip since their wedding.

The Duke of Cambridge climbed into the cockpit of a Sea King helicopter at Dalvay by-the-Sea, a scenic resort along Prince Edward Island's north shore for the military training exercise. Prince William, a Royal Air Force rescue helicopter pilot, requested the simulated emergency landing procedure as part of his visit.

Dressed in an olive flight suit and helmet, the prince co-piloted a demonstration round to give him an idea of the single-engine emergency landing procedure.

From the water, William piloted a take-off from the water and hovered in the air before executing a dual-engine landing on the water before taxiing around as Kate watched her prince from the ground. William performed the take-off, hover and dual-engine water landing several times.

Canada is the only country that trains its Sea King helicopter pilots to do a controlled landing on water should there be an emergency. The Sea King, which William flies back in the U.K, has the ability to land on water because of its amphibious hull.

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Before taking to the water, though, the royal couple were welcomed to their third Canadian province on Monday with cheering, waving crowds excited to catch a glimpse of royalty at Province House. The site is the home of Prince Edward Island's legislature and of a historic meeting 146 years ago that paved the way for Confederation, when Canada laid the foundation for uniting the provinces and territories to form a country.

Kate sported a cream dress by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who designed the wedding grown she wore during their wedding ceremony April 29. William wore his traditional dark suit and red tie.

For the third time during their nine-day Canadian tour, William spoke in French and English to address the crowds.

"We have both so looked forward to this day, and discovering more about your beautiful island," he said.

Image: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watches her husband fly a helicopter in Prince Edward Island on Monday.

The royal pair delighted the several thousand people gathered at the site by walking over to shake some of their hands and stop for a quick chat, while others handed them flowers, including the east coast Canadian flower, Lupins, and hand-held Canadian flags, while snapping photos.

Jennifer Thomson, 26, had a poster saying "Kate can I borrow your outfit?"

Video: Hats on to royals in Canada (on this page)

"I think she's setting a new fashion trend and I personally love them and would love to wear them," she said, adding it was important for the couple to come to Canada. "I think it will only strengthen the ties between Canada and England and the monarchy."

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The smiling couple hopped into a landau led by Canadian mounties to take them to Confederation Landing for another walk-about before heading to Dalvay by-the-Sea, a scenic resort along the island's north shore. At the resort, William will pilot a Canadian military helicopter and land it on the water for the first time as part of a military emergency training exercise.

Video: Will and Kate wow crowds in Canada (on this page)

Later Monday, the royal pair will get some exercise by participating in a dragon boat race, with the two steering opposing teams before heading to meet an actress that plays the fictional star of Anne of Green Gables, which Prince Edward Island is famed for.

On Sunday the couple thrilled hundreds of adoring fans in Quebec with an unscheduled walkabout in a city that was the site of the key British victory in the conquest of the French.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are officially known, encountered small but vocal protests, but that did not deter the couple from charming the Quebeckers with an unexpected walkabout. The royal couple went to the barricade, chatting and shaking hands with enthusiastic supporters in the square around City Hall before leaving by motorcade.

The newlyweds on Monday were on the fifth of a nine-day trip to Canada, part of their first official overseas trip since their April 29 wedding. They leave for a three-day trip to California on July 8.

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  1. Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to a pupil during a tour of the Inner City Arts campus in Los Angeles, Calif., July 10. The newly married Royal Couple are on the three-day visit to Southern California. (Alex Gallardo / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, helps his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in making hand prints in clay at Inner City Arts on July 10, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, right, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the BAFTA "Brits to Watch" event held at the Belasco Theatre on July 9, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, chat with Jennifer Lopez at the 'BAFTA Brits to Watch' event at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 9. (Matt Baron / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Prince William and Kate, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch 2011 event at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 9. At left is BAFTA chairman Amanda Berry. The royal couple were on the second day of their stay in California after a trip to Canada. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Bystanders wait for William and wife Kate to arrive at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles. The royal couple leave California on July 10. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Prince William competes in the Foundation Polo Challenge at The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, Calif., on July 9. The event benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, a charity that supports disadvantaged children, conservation and sustainable development, veterans and military families. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. William during the charity polo match in Carpinteria. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Prince William kisses Kate after his team won the Foundation Polo Challenge at The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on July 9. (Alex J. Berliner / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. William and Kate arrive at the polo club in Carpinteria. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Prince William mingles with soccer star David Beckham at a private reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles on July 8. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. William and Kate share a laugh at a private reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. William and Kate arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, July 8. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Kate ges off the plane at Los Angeles International Airport. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A crowd waits for the royal couple to arrive at Variety's Venture Capital and New Media Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 8 in Beverly Hills. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. William and Kate watch some bullriding while wearing Western clothing and cowboy hats in Calgary, Alberta, on July 7. The royal couple visited Canada for nine days before heading to California. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. William and Kate pose for a photo with members of the Canadian Forces flight crew upon their arrival in Calgary, Alberta on July 7. (Nathan Denette / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. William and Kate arrive by Canadian Forces helicopter in Calgary, Alberta, on July 7. (Jonathan Hayward / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shake hands with six-year-old Riley Oldford, left, and eight-year-old Adithi Balaji before departing Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada for Slave Lake, Alberta, on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a part of town devastated by a fire in May 2011, on July 6 in Slave Lake, Alberta. The newly married Royal Couple are on the seventh day of their first joint overseas tour. (Mark Large / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Prince William and wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet fans following a tour of Slave Lake, Canada on Wednesday, July 6. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Prince William and wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, take a canoe ride with Northwest Territories Indian Brotherhood Chief Francois Paulette, left, from the Fort Smith area at Lake Blatchford, Canada, lodge on July 5. The royal couple, on the sixth day of their first overseas tour after their marriage, were on their way to Blachford Lake. After Canada, the couple will spend several days in the United States. (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, exit a teepee at Blatchford Lodge, Northwest Territories on July 5. (Andy Clark / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge board a seaplane at the Old Town Float Base on Tuesday, July 5, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Prince William and Kate receive hockey jerseys during a welcome ceremony in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, during their tour of Canada on July 5. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Prince William takes a shot with a hockey stick as his wife Kate watches during a visit to the Somba K'e Civic Plaza on July 5 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Prince William and Kate look on during a welcome ceremony at the Somba K'e Civic Plaza on July 5 in Yellowknife. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, depart from Province House by carriage on Monday, July 4, in Charlottetown, Canada. The newly married royal couple are on their first joint overseas tour. The 12-day visit to North America is taking in some of the more remote areas of Canada such as Prince Edward Island, Yellowknife and Calgary. The couple started off their tour by joining millions of Canadians on July 1 in taking part in Canada Day celebrations, which mark Canada's 144th birthday. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Prince William gets ready to take part in a Sea King helicopter demonstration, July 4, in Dalvay by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island, Canada. (Paul Chiasson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Prince William takes part in a demonstration of waterbirding during an exercise in a Sea King Helicopter on July 4, in Charlottetown, Canada. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Prince William greets a decorated veteran in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, July 4. (Ryan Remiorz / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Prince William, in blue shirt, and his wife Kate, standing, compete in a dragon boat race in Dalvay-by-the-Sea on Prince Edward Island, July 4. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Alexa Currie is reluctant to pass her flowers to Kate during the royal couple's visit to Summerside, Prince Edward Island, July 4. (Paul Darrow / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Wiliam and Kate walk down the gangway of HMCS Montreal, following a morning prayer service on the helicopter pad at the rear of the war ship in Quebec City, Canada, July 3. (John Stillwell / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. William and Kate disembark the HMCS Montreal in Quebec City, July 3. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Prince William inspects an honor guard during a ceremony at Quebec City Hall, July 3. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Prince William plays foosball during a tour of the Maison Dauphine in Quebec City on July 3. (Mathieu Belanger / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Prince William and Kate applaud as they tour la Maison Dauphine, a youth shelter, in Quebec City, July 3. (Sean Kilpatrick / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Tthe Duchess of Cambridge greets the crowd during a visit to the Levis Community Celebration, July 3. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. A girl reacts as Prince William and Catherine greet children at Fort Levis, July 3. (Christinne Muschi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Prince William and Kate arrive in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, July 3. (Paul Chiasson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Prince William and wife Kate arrive for a ceremonial tree planting accompanied by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Saturday, July 2. (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Prince William and wife Kate take part in a ceremonial tree plating with Governor General David Johnston and wife Sharon at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on July 2. (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Prince William greets war brides and veterans at the War Museum on July 2 in Ottawa. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Royal fans try to catch a glimpse of Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they visit the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal July 2. (Chris Jackson / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat with young cancer patients who are working on crafts during a tour of Sainte-Justine children's hospital July 2 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Crowds outside the Institut de Tourisme Et D'Hotellerie Du Quebec in Montreal await the prince and his wife July 2. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Prince William take part in a cooking workshop at the Institut de Tourisme et d'Hotellerie du Quebec in Montreal on July 2. (Mathieu Belanger / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, second left and center, applaud as they watch a Canada Day performance on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on the second day of their visit, July 1. (David Rose / Daily Telegraph via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, looks over her shoulder as she and Prince William arrive on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations on July 1. (Geoff Robins / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. The Duchess of Cambridge, better known as Kate, greets spectators during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 1. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Prince William and Kate, along with Canadian Gov. Gen. David Johnston, arrive at the Canada Day celebration. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Kate greets a mother and her newborn during a citizenship ceremony on July 1. (Paul Chiasson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Kate receives flowers from Aurelie Thibault, left, and Sophie Graydon, right, as she takes part in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, June 30. (Nathan Denette / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, during an informal reception for young Canadian volunteers in the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on the first day of their visit to the Commonwealth country. (John Stillwell / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. Prince William talks to one of the Guard of Honour soliders after arriving at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa. (John Stillwell / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. Kate greets the crowds as she and Prince William take part in a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada. (Sean Kilpatrick / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) and wife Laureen Harper (R) stand in silence alongside Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The couple will tour seven cities in four provinces and one territory in Canada before heading to California on July 8. (Blair Gable / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. Prince William greets the crowds as he and Kate take part in a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. William and Kate take part in a ceremony at Rideau Hall, June 30 in Ottawa. (Nathan Denette / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. Royal watchers wear photo masks of the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they await their arrival at the War Memorial in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. Catherine arrives at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Catherine prepares to board a plane of the Royal Canadian Air Force at London's Heathrow Airport on June 30. (Steve Parsons / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  64. William and Kate board a plane of the Royal Canadian Air Force at London's Heathrow to travel to Ottawa, June 30. (Steve Parsons / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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