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Wednesday
Jul062011

Prince William and Kate Middleton Visit Hockey Country

Indigo/Getty Images(YELLOWKNIFE, Canada) -- The royal couple continued to charm the local residents of Yellowknife Tuesday as they took part in the country's favorite sport -- hockey.

Prince William, who is famously athletic, seemed to be out of his element. He took three shots on an unobstructed goal during a street game with local players but couldn't land the puck in the net.

Kate, dressed in a cream-colored linen three-quarter sleeve dress by designer Malene Birger and high nude heels, decided not to take any shots on goal. She laughed off some of the calls from the crowd to play, and instead dropped the ceremonial puck to start off the game.

Afterward, the couple was presented with two Olympic Team Canada hockey jerseys, printed with the last name "Cambridge" on the back. Kate, who has been popular among the crowds of young women and children, was presented with No. 1, while the future king was given No. 2.

It seemed the majority of the 19,000 residents of Yellowknife, the capital of Canada's sparsly populated Northwest Territories, were all out to catch a glimpse of the charming couple. As the tour continues, the two seem to be getting even more comfortable with the crowds and cameras.

"This place is what Canada is all about -- vast, open beauty, tough, resilient, friendly peoples, true nature, true humanity," said the prince as Kate sat beside him. "We've already sensed the extraordinary potential of this region, and the irrepressible spirit of adventure that marks the people of the territories and defines the land. We are so excited to be here."

He was given diamond encrusted polar bear cuff links and a matching broche as a token from the people of Yellowknife.

Later today the royal couple will visit the nothern Alberta town of Slave Lake, a town that was heavily damaged by a wildfire in May. They will then have the rest of the day to rest before moving on to Calgary on Thursday. The duke and duchess will finish their tour of Canada on Friday before leaving for California, where they are expected to visit Los Angeles' Skid Row. There they will visit a non-profit academy that has given poor children access to free classes in the performing arts.

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