Views mesmerise William and Kate on sea plane trip


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left mesmerised by the stunning views of Canada's coastline when they took a trip in a sea plane.

William and Kate spent much of the 30 minute journey looking out of the window as they flew from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, to the nearby bustling metropolis of Vancouver.

The royal couple and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte received a rapturous welcome from Canadians on Saturday when their eight-day tour of the Commonwealth country began.

And they spent Sunday in Vancouver visiting organisations and projects to learn how the country is dealing with a range of issues, from the refugee fallout from the Syrian conflict to drug and alcohol addiction among mothers.

Thousands of people turned out to welcome the royal couple throughout their day but there was one dissenting voice - a small group of republicans who had made a replica guillotine and a placard saying "No Kings No Landlords".

Kate wore a striking red and white Alexander McQueen outfit decorated with broderie anglaise for the flight in the sea plane while William looked smart in a jacket, shirt and tie.

A one-way ticket for the trip on the Otter aircraft costs around 210 Canadian dollars (£125) and the Duke and Duchess would have seen British Columbia's coast line, the Gulf Islands and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Later a royal aide said of the flight: ''It was very smooth flying.

''They spent a lot looking out of the window and talking to the pilot. The duke was very interested in the landing and the different conditions they work in.

''They spent a lot of time looking at the incredible views from both sides of the plane.''

The sea plane is the easiest way to travel from Victoria to Vancouver, but it is also the noisiest, which meant William and Kate were given earplugs for the journey in the 18-seater plane.

Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau was on the waterside to greet the couple as were thousands of wellwishers who had gathered at the nearby Jack Poole Plaza.

The Plaza is named after the late Jack Poole, who was a key player behind the success of the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics held in Vancouver.

People packed the plaza, standing 10 deep behind the barriers with cameras and phones held aloft as William and Kate shook hands with the wellwishers.

Wolf whistles and cheers rent the air as people thrust forward flowers, children's books, a teddy bear and, bizarrely, a book on the royal family.