When Prince George refused to shake hands with 'commoner' Justin Trudeau

by Garry Watts September 26, 2016, 1:37
When Prince George refused to shake hands with 'commoner' Justin Trudeau

When the tour started in Victoria on Saturday, Prince William told thousands at an official welcoming ceremony that he and Kate want to meet as many Canadians from as many walks of life as possible during their visit, highlighting the environment, support for young families and mental health initiatives as areas they are interested in learning more about.

"We're ordinary and they're not", she said.

George and his year-old sister, Princess Charlotte, are in Canada for the first time but it is the second trip for their parents, who visited in 2011.

Trudeau joked with the family, saying, "As any parent traveling with children knows, it's a whole different experience when you bring your family with you".

While the royal couple arrived to cheers at every stop, at least one person wasn't a fan, carrying a sign that read, "No Kings".

"Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada", Prince William said during a ceremonial welcome in Victoria, British Columbia. The royal family has an eight-day trip ahead including visits to several cities in the country.

The 44-year-old Trudeau, who also received loud cheers, joked that getting the kids back on the plane could be a challenge after they see Canada's attractive Pacific Coast.

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When Prince George refused to shake hands with 'commoner' Justin Trudeau

Crowds of frenzied teenage girls greeted the princes in Vancouver then, cementing William's status as a teen heartthrob.

They were ferried to Canada from the United Kingdom on a Royal Canadian Air Force jet, which was flying the Duke of Cambridge's flag from the pilot's window after the plane taxied to a stop.

Linda Gunther said it was fine George and Charlotte weren't there. The windows of their vehicle were open so they could wave back. Still holding the princess, she also bent down close to George to speak to him as he gazed wide-eyed at the media scrum madly snapping away. "They're kids. They're little", she said.

William and Kate were in town to visit Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program that provides support to pregnant women and women with infants under 18 months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. William's mother Diana was on hand when Sheway's precursor opened in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1991.

And today thousands gathered on the waterfront to watch their arrival and cheered when the couple emerged from the twin engined Otter aircraft. The pair also plan to visit the Immigrant Services Society, a charity that assists both immigrants and refugees. More than 30,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since Trudeau was elected last fall.

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