Welcome to our Royal Tour Canada Countdown Live Blog, we're so pleased you could join us! We'll be sharing real-time news updates, articles of interest, fashion nuggets, a fun giveaway and early photos of the Cambridges' arrival! They are due to land at 4 p.m. local time. Don't forget to hit 'refresh' to see the latest updates :) Times shown are in BST.
01:30 - William and Kate have arrived for the welcoming ceremony at the legislature. The Duchess has not changed her outfit but has added a clutch. We'll close the live blog now and get to work on a post! Thank you to each and every person who made the Live Blog such fun :)
00:55 A wave from Prince George. There was a lovely moment when the Cambridges posed for a moment and George looked back and waved to Sophie Trudeau :)
00:50 - How precious is this? :)
00:45 - A great shot of William, Kate, George and Charlotte.
00:30 - With thanks to Richard Zussman "The Duchess is wearing Jenny Packham with hat by Lock and Co and Queens maple Leaf broach.".
00:25 - A closer look.
00:20 - An early high-res image of Kate and Charlotte.
00:15 - A better look at the Cambridges.
00:12 - Greeting the PM.
00:10 - Kate with Charlotte and George.
00:10 - And here they are! The Duchess is in blue and appears to be wearing the Queen's Maple Leaf Brooch. Kate is holding Charlotte whilst William holds George's hand.
00.00 - PM Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie waiting to welcome the royals.
23:55 - Any minute now :)
23:50 - The Cambridges have landed!
23:45 - FIVE minutes until arrival according to several reporters.
23:40 - The Mirror's Live Stream from the airport can be viewed here or click play below.
22:30 - We're about 30 minutes from arrival now.
23:10 - GIVEAWAY WINNER - Congratulations to Melissa who commented "I always enjoy reading your blog. So excited about the giveaway, as I am an avid reader. " . If you could please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll organise your copy of 'Green Tea Latte To Go' get to you a.s.a.p.!
23:00 - ONE HOUR until Royal Tour Canada 2016 begins!
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22:45 - Let's chat about fashion next. What do you think the Duchess will wear upon arrival? A quick refresher on Kate's arrival looks on previous tours. Kate wore a navy lace Erdem dress when she arrived in Canada for the 2011 tour. Will she choose a look by the Canadian designer today?
It was a kimono style, pale pink dress with an orchid pattern and three-quarter sleeves by the wonderful Jenny Packham for the beginning of the 2012 royal tour of Southeast Asia.
The Duchess chose a scarlet military style Catherine Walker button coat with a matching red dress underneath for her New Zealand arrival in 2014.
And for April's tour of India and Bhutan, Kate arrived in Mumbai wearing an Alexander McQueen look in a striking print with peplum detail.
22:35 - For those asking about the plane the royals are travelling in, Emily Andrews revealed: "The Cambridges are en route in special Canadian Air Force plane with flat-bed seats & cabin for privacy. Let's hope G&C sleep!"
22:30 - Rebecca English shared a photo of William and Kate's convoy waiting.
22:25 - The press pack are en route to the airport.
22:15 - The Canadian government's official Tour Page can be viewed here. There's plenty of interesting information on the site and viewers can also send their greetings to William and Kate to mark the visit here.
Below we see Prince William's personal Canadian flag. "The flag of the Duke of Cambridge bears a blue roundel within a wreath of golden maple leaves for Canada, and shells, a symbol borrowed from his coat of arms. The centre features his Cypher, composed of the letter W with a coronet above it that indicates he is the child of the heir apparent of the Sovereign. Near the top of the flag is the personal three-point white label charged with a red shell, taken from his coat of arms."
22:00 - TWO HOURS until the Cambridges land.
21:35 - A selection of interesting articles ahead of the arrival you may enjoy reading.
- CBC News writes Royal Visit Canada: Where to find Prince William and Kate Saturday.
- CBC News also shared this interesting piece: Prince William and Kate in Canada: Why their royal visit is more than just the photo ops.
- The Vancouver Sun has a section full of content.
- TIME writes; What to Know About the History Behind the British Royals’ Visit to Canada.
- The Mirror looks back on Kate's 2011 tour wardrobe with 5 ways Kate's Canada 2011 royal tour outfits cemented her as a style icon.
- People's Why You Won't See Princess Kate in a Tiara in Canada (and What She'll Wear Instead!) is an insightful read with input from the wonderful What Kate Wore.
21:25 - Two young royal fans are extremely excited as you'll see :)
Young Royal fans eager to meet the Duchess Of Cambridge! @GlobalBC #RoyalVisitCanada #royaltour2016 pic.twitter.com/oFXBUfVDsy— Sonia Deol (@soniadeol1) September 24, 2016
20:50 - Royal photographer James Whatling shared a photo of the red carpet being rolled out ahead of William and Kate's arrival at Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
I think it's always a challenge for the media covering tours as they are away from their families. It's a particularly special time for James, as he and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world last week. You can read an interview he gave with another great photographer, Mark Stewart, at CBC News. We'll have plenty of James's great photos throughout the tour.
19:50 - And here's a look at today's itinerary with timings in Pacific Daylight Time.
19:10 - Time for a Giveaway - Several months ago I was contacted by talented author Aven Ellis who was doing research for her latest book, Green Tea Latte to Go. The book's protagonist Payton is a Kate blogger and the book follows her trials and tribulations with work, love and everything in between. It's a fantastic read which I thoroughly enjoyed, getting to know the characters which Aven brings to life.
More from the book's description:
'For Seattle blogger Payton James, life is all about trying to achieve perfection. Payton is determined to be her best self in all areas, and she refuses to rest until she achieves it. However, an imperfect moment in a coffee shop completely changes Payton’s life. When her drink order gets switched by mistake, Payton finds herself face-to-face with a gorgeous British man named Brooks. Payton is instantly attracted to the witty stranger who is quick with his words—and has a beautiful smile.'
Aven has kindly offered to give away a copy of the book to a reader. Simply comment as normal and I'll randomly choose a winner before the Cambridges land. A big thank you to the lovely Aven. Wishing her every success with the book!
18:50 - There's really a tremendous sense of excitement ahead of this royal tour - perhaps the biggest buzz we've seen since William and Kate took George to Australia and New Zealand. Preparations have been underway for some time. Reporter Richard Zussman shared images from Government House.
Rubber ducks in the fountain for George and Charlotte :)
A look at one of the rooms the royals be using.
18:40 - Emily Andrews shared a video "This is the official welcome Kate and William will get later at BC's legislature".
Video: this is the official Victoria welcome Kate & William will get later at BC's legislature 5pm PDT/1am BST. #RoyalVisitCanada 🇨🇦🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/QFnXZa5tIl— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) September 24, 2016
17:00 - Are any of our readers in Canada planning to see the royals during their visit? If so, do let us know in the comments section.
16:45 - Many of us had wondered when we would see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie with the Duke and Duchess. Yesterday the PM's office released the following statement confirming they will be present at the welcoming ceremony and will accompany William and Kate at several events on Sunday:
'On Saturday, September 24, the Prime Minister and Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau will participate in the Official Welcoming to Canada and British Columbia ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The Prime Minister will later have a private audience with the Duke and Duchess.
On Sunday, the Prime Minister and Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau will accompany Their Royal Highnesses on a tour of the Immigrant Services Society’s new Welcome Centre in Vancouver – the first, purpose-built facility of its kind that provides settlement, education, and employment services for thousands of immigrants and refugees each year. Later that day, the four will attend a youth reception in Vancouver where they will meet young Canadians who are helping to make a difference in their communities.
Their Royal Highnesses, the Prime Minister, and Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau will also visit Kitsilano Coast Guard Station for a first responders showcase. They will tour the station and speak to first responders about the issues they face every day in carrying out their life-saving work.'
16:30 - Keep an eye on the time in Victoria with our 'Canada Tour Clock' located near the top of the sidebar on the right. A look at the weather in Victoria, BC today.
16:20 - Royal reporter Emily Andrews shared news the Cambridges embarked at London about an hour ago. They are travelling aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force plane. Emily noted they are due to arrive in Victoria at 4 pm (midnight BST).
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