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Royal waves from George and Charlotte as they leave Canada

The Cambridges fly out of Canada on a seaplane as they wrap up the Royal Tour.

By Juliet Rieden

Thousands gathered at Victoria Harbour to bid goodbye to the fabulous Royal four. Despite only being seen on two occasions - today is their final third outing - Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been the undeniable stars of the Canadian eight-day tour so it's no wonder so many turned out to catch a glimpse of them today.

The Cambridge family left Government House in Victoria where they have spent the week and drew up in a motorcade at 3.50pm to cheers and applause. The Duchess looked effortlessly elegant in a cream Catherine Walker coat carrying Princess Charlotte who wore a burgundy cardigan, blue floral dress, white tights and burgundy shoes.

Prince George in the same red shorts he wore at the children's party, with long blue socks and a blue jumper, was holding his father's hand tight as he has on every public occasion. As they saw the crowds George and Charlotte started waving, George really warming to the Royal standard wave.

The family shook hands with a line-up of dignitaries including the Premier of British Columbia and the Governor General and his wife before boarding their seaplane with their aides. They will disembark at Victoria international airport to board the Royal Canadian Airforce plane home.

Before leaving the Duke of Cambridge said: "Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week. We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person.

"We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit.

"Canada is a country of optimism, generosity and unrivaled natural beauty. I hope we have helped all Canadians celebrate what makes this country great. We will see you again soon."

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