Royals get a taste of B.C.'s wine country, showcase of Yukon culture
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got a true taste of B.C. during their tour of the province's Okanagan region on Tuesday.
Thousands crowded the streets of Kelowna for the arrival of the Royal couple, who made their first stop at the University of B.C.'s Okanagan campus.
Prince William and his wife, Catherine, unveiled a plaque marking UBC Okanagan's 10th anniversary. They also viewed a large piece of indigenous art commissioned to honour the school's partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, a First Nations government representing eight communities.
They also watched an exhibition volleyball match, and met students and members of the women's team. They were given jerseys, and met the team's mascot Scorch, a bright red, humanoid-looking creature with a smiling face and hair of flames.
The Prince asked the mascot whether it was hot inside the suit, The Canadian Press reported.
The pair was then whisked away to the Mission Hill winery, where they walked through the vineyard and courtyard, sampling local wines. After a day spent mostly in the rain in Bella Bella, the couple was able to shed their jackets and umbrellas during the sunny, warm afternoon.
"Weather, food, wine… What more could you want?" Prince William said during the event.
Some of B.C.'s most celebrated chefs, including Vikram Vij, Rob Feenie and David Hawksworth, provided food for the event, much of it sourced from local ingredients.
Their Royal Highnesses then left the province, heading north to Whitehorse where they participated in a ceremonial welcome.
They were be greeted by Canadian Rangers, and William was named the organization's Colonel in Chief. Kate was awarded the same title for the Junior Rangers, who were also be in attendance.
After the airport ceremony, they travelled to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre for a showcase of Yukon culture. Following the show, they retired for the evening.
This is the only night of their eight-day Canadian tour where they will not return to Victoria to spend the night with their children.
The Royals have arrived at UBCO pic.twitter.com/tBe3HusWg4— Kent Molgat (@ctvkent) September 27, 2016