Can you believe it is day seven of the Royal Tour Canada already? The royals spent today in Haida Gwaii on the beautiful north coast island archipelago known as Canada’s Galápagos Islands. William and Kate arrived in the village on a coastal voyage in a replica Haida war canoe along with twelve members of the Skidegate Saints basketball team.
Very much unlike the weather while the royals visited Bella Bella earlier in the week, the weather in Haida Gwaii at the village of Skidegate was spectacular. Blue skies with only low clouds in the distance and a cool 12 Celsius. William and Kate disembarked on the beach and walked towards the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum. A welcoming party of Haida chiefs, elders and children were standing on the shore’s edge to welcome the royals.
William also shared a speech – including some Haida dialogue – which demonstrated his interest in the First Nations people.
Aan t’alang isis ska-wada-gee id ga dalang kil laa, haw. [Thank you very much for having us here.] Thank you very much for welcoming us into your Longhouse and for sharing your traditions with us.The historic link between the Crown and the First Nations people is strong, and something that I hold dear to my heart. And so it is an honour for me to be here with you, to see that your traditions remain strong. We are very much looking forward to spending today with you. Thank you.
The afternoon fishing trip was a success for William and Kate. The Royal couple managed to reel in one salmon on the afternoon outing off Haida Gwaii. One crab trap yielded numerous crabs and both William and Kate were seen taking close looks at the crabs.
It was a great day for the royals, and one surely that will be remembered for its rich traditions and beautiful scenery.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Tour, with William & Kate making various stops in Victoria.
For all the details on what Kate was wearing today, visit our separate style post with all the details!