Royal couple attend Canadian immigration ceremony
As part of their official visit to Canada, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a Canadian immigration ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on Canada Day, 1st July.
The Canadian immigration citizenship ceremony is a Canada Day event that saw 25 residents of Ottawa and Gatineau taking the oath of citizenship to become Canadian citizens.
The 25 migrants were chosen by officials at Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Ottawa and Gatineau regional offices. All had written and passed a citizenship test and met all other requirements. They range in age from seven to 47.
Though most citizenship ceremonies are open to the public, this one was not, due to the presence of the royal couple. However, members of the public were allowed on the museum’s ground and were able to see HRH William and Catherine as they arrived at 10:30 AM and then again when they departed about an hour later.
The oath at the ceremony was administered by Gov. Gen. David Johnston. The new citizens were congratulated and welcomed by Prince William and Duchess Catherine, and also presented with a Canadian flag.
Prince William and Catherine were cheered by tens of thousands who lined the streets of the Canadian capital to get a glimpse of them.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper later welcomed them to an afternoon meeting at Parliament Hill as ‘the world’s most famous newlyweds’ and said they represent ‘our unbreakable link with our past and our unqualified optimism for the future’.