I have never heard Canadians so simply and eloquently described than what was said today by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on the steps of Rideau Hall to kick-off their visit to Canada.
"Merci beaucoup, Votre Excellence et Monsieur le Premier Ministre, pour votre accueil chaleureux.
Catherine and I are so delighted to be here in Canada. Instilled in us by our parents and grandparents, who love this country, we have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time - and before we were married, we both had a longing to come here together.
The geography of Canada is unsurpassed and is famous for being matched only by the hospitality of its people. We are so very excited about having this opportunity to experience both - and learn much more about this amazing country.
Nous debutons aujourd'hui notre première tournée ensemble. Nous ne pouvions pas être mieux accompagnés que par la grande famille Canadienne.
[Joking about his French, going off-script] It will improve as we go on.
Thank you so much. We are truly looking forward to this adventure. Nous attendons avec impatience cet aventure. Merci a tous."
"The geography of Canada is unsurpassed and is famous for being matched only by the hospitality of its people."
I don't think there's any higher compliment than that. Thank you, Your Royal Highness for the endearing words and on behalf of everyone here at Hatrock's Cave, we wish you and your lovely wife a wonderful trip. We know you'll be back too!