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Prince William, Kate arrive in Canada for tour

Prince William and Kate have arrived in Canada for their first official overseas trip.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Prince William and Kate have arrived in Canada for their first official overseas trip.

A Canadian military plane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed Thursday at Ottawa's international airport. The smiling couple stepped off the plane into bright sunshine and shook hands on the tarmac with Canadian officials before leaving immediately for the National War Memorial.

The newlyweds will stay in Canada for nine days and among other things will take part in Canada Day celebrations, open the world-renowned Calgary Stampede and hand out flags to newly minted Canadians at a citizenship ceremony before jetting off to Los Angeles.

The young prince and his wife have star power to burn and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore reckons this will be one will be the most-watched royal tour in Canada's history.

Canada's prime minister has 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.