Princess Char­lotte speaks

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VIC­TO­RIA, Bri­tish Columbia: It was the day Char­lotte and Ge­orge stole the royal show in Canada.

As the young prince showed off his bub­ble-mak­ing skills at a chil­dren’s party, his baby sis­ter up­staged him by not only ut­ter­ing her first word in pub­lic but also per­form­ing her first walk­a­bout.

Mak­ing a bee­line for a bal­loon arch, the 16-mon­thold de­light­edly hugged it be­fore say­ing: “Pop!”

The young­sters were guests of hon­our at a bash thrown in the gar­dens of Government House, Bri­tish Columbia, to mark their first tour of Canada with the duke and duchess of Cam­bridge.

Staff pulled out all the stops to make the party a mem­o­rable one, bring­ing in a pet­ting zoo – com­plete with minia­ture horses, dogs and rab­bits – bal­loon an­i­mal mod­ellers and even a pup­pet show.

The party was also at­tended by 24 chil­dren from the Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, a char­ity which sup­ports fam­i­lies where one par­ent is de­ployed over­seas.

Ge­orge, 3, seemed a lit­tle hes­i­tant about get­ting in­volved at first but then got into the swing of things and grabbed an or­ange, fishshaped bub­ble-maker be­fore cheek­ily squirt­ing his sis­ter and fa­ther and en­joy­ing a pony ride.

At one point Kate could be seen scoop­ing Char­lotte into her arms and danc­ing as a gui­tarist played La Bamba with a gi­ant chil­dren’s char­ac­ter. Char­lotte had a toy mu­si­cal in­stru­ment in her hand and played along hap­pily un­til she dropped it as she stuffed her fin­gers into her mouth, clearly teething.

Ge­orge, mean­while, turned his at­ten­tions to a soft black and white rab­bit, stroking it as his fa­ther held him in his arms. Char­lotte also ap­peared to en­joy the an­i­mals, hug­ging the same black and white rab­bit.

Ge­orge and Char­lotte have been based with their par­ents at Government House in Vic­to­ria, the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the queen’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Bri­tish Columbia.

They will all fly back to the UK tomorrow. – Daily Mail

Kate and Char­lotte

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