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Welcome to Canada, royals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arrived in Victoria on Saturday to the delight of Canadians and royalists everywhere.

The family was colour co-ordinated, obviously, with Prince William sporting a navy suit, Duchess Kate in a blue Jenny Packham dress and matching jaunty chapeau (paired with nude Gianvito Rossi pumps and a maple leaf broach, FYI), Prince George in a light blue sweater and black shorts, and Princess Charlotte wearing a pale blue and white dress. Royally perfect, perfectly royal.

Official welcome

Justin and Sophie Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her son, Hamish, and Governor-General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon were all on-hand to greet the royals.

George shot Justin down

Trudeau was left hanging, however, when George refused to give the Prime Minister a high five. Justin also attempted a hand shake but George wasn’t feeling it. Damn. Guess it takes more than charm and good looks to win over the Cambridges’ eldest.

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CP Images

Trudeau offered parenting advice

Everyone knows it’s not easy travelling with kids, so the PM doled out some words of wisdom on that front. He welcomed Will and Kate back to Canada but added that “it’s a whole different experience when you bring your family with you.” He continued: “I want to commend you and thank you for introducing our part of the world to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. But let me caution you from my own experience, if they’re anything like our kids getting them back on the plane after a visit to our beautiful west coast will really be a challenge.” Preach!

Comme ci, comme ça, Prince William

Prince William struggled a little during the French portion of his address, letting out a “whew” once he wrapped and joked to the crowd, “It’s a little rusty, work with me.” Amazing.

Back to business

The royal couple proceeded to the B.C. Parliament Buildings where they paid their respects at the Cenotaph.

See you soon, Victoria

On Sunday, Day 2, William and Kate (looking fab in Alexander McQueen with on-point red accessories) headed to Vancouver by float plane.

Hello, Vancouver

They first headed to Sheway, an outreach program that helps mothers overcome addiction, where they met mothers and their children and discussed their experiences.

Cambridges and Trudeaus reunited

From there they headed to Immigrant Services Society of BC, which helps immigrants build a future in Canada with ESL and career services. The Royals were joined by the Trudeaus, to hear more about how the ISSBC support more than 25,000 migrants to Canada each year, including some Syrian refugees. The Royals then headed outside, where they unveiled a plaque at the Edith Lando playground, marking its official opening.

Sporty vs. sportiest

Will and Kate then headed to a reception celebrating young leaders in Canadian sports, arts, music, film, charity and business — including Olympian and Paralympian athletes from Team Canada.

Royal 911

They wrapped up their busy day with a visit to the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to meet with first responders. But it was a friendly police dog that won the hearts of the Cambridges and Trudeaus alike.

Whew! Bring on Day 3!

For now, let’s look back at Days 1 and 2: