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William and Kate tour Calgary Stampede parade route to cheers of thousands

William and Kate tour Calgary Stampede parade route to cheers of thousands - image

CALGARY – Prince William and his wife Kate have begun their final day in Canada by touring the Calgary Stampede parade route to the cheers of hundreds of thousands of fans.

The pair, sporting their white cowboy hats, waved from their car at crowds of wellwishers lined 10 deep along the 4.5-kilometre parade route under sunny skies.

From the parade the couple are to head to the Calgary Zoo and they are also going to look at some futuristic energy-saving devices at an event hosted by Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and his wife Marie.

After that, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to travel to a park beside the Calgary International Airport for a military sendoff prior to departing to Los Angeles.

Canada is the first official foreign destination for the couple since their wedding on April 29.

It has by all accounts been a success: the young couple celebrated Canada Day with hundreds of thousands on Parliament Hill, made lobster souffle in Montreal, dragon-boat raced in Prince Edward Island and went canoeing in the wilds of the Northwest Territories.

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