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Kate Middleton and Prince William visit Canada (PHOTOS)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum in Gatineau, Canada on July 1, 2011, the second day of their 12-day visit to North America.

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Arthur Edwards - Pool

Britain's royal newlyweds showed their international appeal by capturing headlines during their visit to Canada, their first overseas trip as a married couple. 

Kate and Will's 12-day journey around the former British colony and California is very busy. 

Taking off from London's Heathrow International Airport on the Royal Canadian Air Force plane, the couple changed from comfortable traveling clothes to their chic arrival outfits. Kate stepped off the plane at the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, Canada wearing a dark blue, fitted dress while Will wore a navy blue suit.

Kate is widely credited with strategically planning her outfits to highlight the historic bonds Britain has with Canada. On Canada Day, she donned a chic, red hat complete with a maple leaf, Canada's national symbol.  

(Check out photos of Kate's new life as a duchess in GlobalPost's photo gallery, The Duchess Diaries) 

In contrast to more fashionable dresses she has worn on her Canadian tour, Kate wore a plain, gray dress on July 2. The somber dress was Kate's way of honoring the 50th birthday of her husband's deceased mother, Princess Diana, said The Guardian.  

As for the trip's itinerary, the couple began in Ottawa, Canada and travelled to Gatineau and Montreal shortly after.  On July 3, they visited Quebec City for a short time before continuing on to Prince Edward Island for a little friendly couple competition in a dragon boat rowing race. 

While fans and supporters welcomed the young couple with open arms, there were some protesters with signs demanding the "royal parasites" to go home.  

But for the most part the couple was warmly greeted by thousands of Canadians as they continued their trip to Yellowknife, which is in the northern Canada.

The last stretch of the trip is planned to be in Calgary, where Kate's grandfather, Peter Middleton, lived while he taught members of the Royal Air Force how to fly planes during World War Two, reports The Star.  

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    Prince William and his new wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, climb aboard a plane of the Royal Canadian Air Force at London's Heathrow Airport, heading to Ottawa, Canada on June 30, 2011. This 12-day North American tour marks their first overseas trip as a married couple.

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    Kate and Will arrived at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, Canada on June 30, 2011. It is the first stop of their 12-day North American tour, which also includes Prince Edward Island and California.

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    Chris Jackson

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    Upon arrival in Canada, Prince William and Kate laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa at the National War Memorial on June 30, 2011.

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    Royal supporters lined the streets near Parliament Hill on Ottawa where Kate and Will visited for Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2011.

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    Timothy A. Clary

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    The Prince and Duchess arrived on Parliament Hill on Ottawa during Canada Day celebrations that were complete with Canadian guards on July 1, 2011.

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    The Duke and Duchess congratulated new citizens as they received their citizen certificates at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec on July 1, 2011.

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    Arthur Edwards - Pool

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum in Gatineau, Canada on July 1, 2011, the second day of their 12-day visit to North America.

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    Arthur Edwards - Pool

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    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the evening National Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge shook hands with Canadian Royal Navy veteran Lieutenant Kenneth Mathewson-Porter at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada.

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    Kate and Will unveiled a mural by Augustus John at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada, on July 2, 2011, their third day of the 12-day visit to North America.

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    John Stillwell - Pool

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    Kate and Will helped plant a tree next to the one the Prince and Princess of Wales planted in 1983 at Rideau Hall. The new tree was planted on July 2, 2011, the 50th birthday of the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana.

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    After helping plant a tree, the Duchess of Cambridge visited a young patient at Sainte-Justine University Hospital in Montreal on July 2, 2011.

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    Chris Jackson - Pool

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    Naval officers escort Will and Kate on board the HMCS Montreal on July 2, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Kate, with her own chef's coat, took part in a cooking workshop at the Institut De Tourisme et D'hotellerie Du Quebec on July 2, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Kate and Will attended a morning service on the HMCS Montreal in Champlain Harbor on July 3, 2011 in Quebec, Canada.

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    Kate rowed in a dragon boat across Dalvay lake on July 4, 2011 in Charlottetown, Canada.

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    Chris Jackson