The last day of the Royal Visit of Canada started off with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Cridge Centre. Cridge Centre board president Val Fuller said the Cridge Centre offers programs for people with brain injuries, victims of domestic viloence, infant, family and seniors care. She welcomed William and Kate to the Cridge, saying their visit to the centre touches “the common thread of the courage to overcome.”
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark also gave the royals matching child-size Vancouver Canucks jerseys, with Charlotte and George on the back.
William and Kate stopped for tea at Victoria’s Breakwater Cafe and Bistro where they met with young people who have struggled with mental health issues. The youth have used the services of Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, a branch of B.C. Children’s Hospital. William and Kate sat down in the cafe and shared cups of tea with the youth. William put sugar in his tea. Andrea Vukobrat, 25, said she told William and Kate she suffered from anxiety issues in her teen years and it took her years to seek help. “When did you realize what you were feeling, you needed to deal with?” William was heard asking. Vukobrat said she told her father she needed help and her father surprisingly told her he had been suffering mental health issues as a Canadian Forces soldier while serving in the Balkans. Jasmine Rakhra, 21, said she had suffered from depression since a child. She said William and Kate genuinely cared about her and asked questions about how she is managing her life. “It was a very great experience,” she said.
William and Kate then moved to boat the tall ship, Pacific Grace, and are sailed towards Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The Pacific Grace, operated by the Sail and Life Training Society, is part of a charity that teaches young people aged 13 to 25 to sail. Aboard the ship were youth involved in programs run by Jack.org, a charity that supports student leadership in promoting mental health. The charity was started by the parents of Jack Windeler — a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. — after his suicide in 2009.
The entire Cambridge family then departed from Victoria, with the Duke of Cambridge releasing the following statement:
“Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week. We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person. We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit. Canada is a country of optimism, generosity and unrivalled natural beauty. I hope we have helped all Canadians celebrate what makes this country great. We will see you again soon.”
The float plane carrying the royal family members departed Victoria’s Inner harbour where thousands of onlookers cheered and clapped as the royals walked along the floating dock to board their flight. Prince George, 3, wearing red shorts and a sweater, waved both hands enthusiastically at the spectators. Princess Charlotte, wearing a red sweater and a dress, walked along the dock holding her mother, Kate’s, hand. The family faced the crowd and waved before boarding the float plane.
To find out what Kate was wearing, check out our post on all her outfits from day 8.
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