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Prince William, Duchess Kate tour Canada with Prince George, Princess Charlotte in tow

by Eun Kyung Kim /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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They were newlyweds the last time they touched down in Canada. Five years later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned Saturday to the Great White North, and the world is still captivated, but more so because of their travel companions: their two young children.

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The visit to Canada marks the first official tour the royal couple has taken abroad with both children, 3-year-old Prince George and his 16-month-old sister, Princess Charlotte.

Britain's Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport on Saturday. KEVIN LIGHT / Reuters

George’s previous flight overseas took place in 2014 when he was about 9-months and accompanied his parents on a tour Down Under.

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This time, all eyes will be on young Charlotte, who has rarely been seen in public and only through carefully staged events or photographs released by her parents.

Prince GeorgeChris Jackson / Getty Images

The royal couple drastically reduced their children's public appearances after complaining about aggressive and dangerous tactics paparazzi used to take pictures of Prince George.

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The duke and duchess last paid a visit to Canada in 2011 shortly after their wedding as part of their first joint overseas tour. The 12-day visit took them to the nation's more remote areas including Prince Edward Island, as well as the more populous Ontario and Alberta.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess CharlotteAndrew Chin / Getty Images

This time around, the royals will stick mainly in British Columbia, although Prince William and Duchess Kate will stay one evening in the Yukon Territory. The family will make the Government House in Victoria, the B.C. capital, their base during the visit, and the children will remain there while their parents take day trips.

A complete schedule can be found on the Canadian government's website, but here are some highlights of their trip. The couple is set to fly back home to England on Oct. 1:

Sunday: Vancouver. A visit to a charity that helps mothers battling addiction problems, as well as the Immigration Services Society to meet with Syrian refugees. The day ends with a meeting at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to speak with emergency responders and talk about mental health issues.

Monday: Bella Bella and Victoria. A tour through the Great Bear Rainforest, the world's largest temperate rainforest, and an evening reception at the Government House.

The royals are in Canada for an eight-day visit. Pool / Getty Images

Tuesday: Kelowna and Whitehorse (Yukon). A visit to the University of British Columbia to meet with students and watch a women's volleyball match. Wine tasting at a food festival, and a flight to Whitehorse, Yukon, to meet with Canadian Rangers. The duke and duchess plant to attend a dance performance and stay overnight.

Wednesday: Whitehorse and Carcross. The couple will join a storytelling session at Whitehorse's MacBride Museum of Yukon History before visiting young people at a mountain biking demonstration.

Prince William and Duchess Kate prepare to lay a wreath during an official welcome ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia at Victoria International Airport. Pool / Getty Images

Thursday: Victoria. Attend a party for military families in the Government House gardens in the morning. The remainder of the day will be spent privately.

Friday: Haida Gawaii. A canoe trip to an archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia and the home of the Haida Nation. The couple will meet with staff at a local hospital to discuss maternal health before going on a fishing trip with members of a youth center.

Saturday: Victoria. Two visits with charities, one that helps families in crisis and the other that deals with mental health.

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