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Prince George, Princess Charlotte adorably attend garden party for military families

by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY

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Prince George and his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, made a rare public appearance Thursday, gleefully acting their ages as they chased after bubbles and balloons during a children’s party thrown for local military families.

Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
The royal family, nearing the end of their week-long visit to Canada, take part of a children's party at the Government House in Victoria, British Columbia.CHRIS WATTIE / Reuters

The young siblings mingled with other youngsters on the gardens of Victoria’s Government House, where the royal family is staying during their weeklong visit to Canada.

The outdoor party featured a petting zoo, puppet show and pony rides, but it was a balloon arch that immediately caught the attention of 16-month-old Charlotte, who was overheard by some squealing, "pop!"

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Charlotte
Duchess Kate speaking with 16-month-old Princess Charlotte.CHRIS WATTIE / Reuters

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Meanwhile, Charlotte’s 3-year-old big brother, George, kept himself amused by chasing after bubbles, and even creating some with a fish-shaped bubble gun.

Prince George plays with a bubble gun at a children's party at Government House in Victoria
Prince George plays with a bubble gun.CHRIS WATTIE / Reuters
Prince George watches as bubbles are blown at a children's party at Government House in Victoria
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Both took a turn among the animals on the grounds. George went for a ride on a miniature horse.

Meanwhile, Charlotte pounced upon a very patient dog named Moose who works with cancer patients.

2016 Royal Tour To Canada Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge - Victoria
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge plays with Moose.Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Always within arm's reach of the royal siblings were their parents, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The entire family arrived in Canada last Saturday. While the children have remained with their nanny at the Government House, the duke and duchess have paid official visits to various locations throughout British Columbia and Yukon.

Image: 2016 Royal Tour To Canada Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge - Victoria
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Thursday's royal play date marks the public's first occasion to see Charlotte interact with others. Her parents drastically reduced their public appearances of both Charlotte and her brother after complaining about aggressive and dangerous tactics paparazzi used to take pictures of George. As a result, they have mainly been seen through carefully staged events or photographs released by her parents.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks on as Princess Charlotte (2nd R) meets a rabbit at a children's party at Government House in Victoria
Duchess Kate looks on as Princess Charlotte meets a rabbit.REUTERS

Following the children's party, the royal family spent the remainder of the day privately.

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