The Royal Couple Enjoy Calgary's Traditional Western Rodeo and Stampede
Moseying into Calgary on a dignified 1912 stagecoach, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got to experience the Canadian Wild West Thursday.
Calgary, an oil-rich town in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, annually hosts a rodeo known as "the greatest outdoor show on earth" and a 10-day stampede. Prince William and Duchess Catherine arrived to launch the festivities, reports the Daily Mail.
Following custom for a cowboy welcome of hospitality, the people of Calgary "white hatted" the two, giving each a white cowboy hat made of rabbit fur by the local milliners, Smithbilt. Hat makers since 1919, Smithbilt has also given hats to Tony Blair, George W Bush and Kevin Costner.
The royal couple sported traditional Western dress: Will in blue Levis and a pair of boots given to him by the Canadian government, Kate also wearing jeans, a loose-fitting blouse and her very own cowboy boots.
After dismounting from their stagecoach, a relaxed William began the cattle stampede by throwing a stone, known as a stove, into the back of a chuck wagon; the mode of transport used by original pioneers.
"I'll give it a go," William joked, to which Kate replied, "Good luck."
After throwing the stone, the couple transitioned to a platform overlooking the rodeo pen chock-full of bull riders.
Excitement Builds in California Where the Royal Couple Will Soon Touch Down
Prince William and Kate Middleton are easily the hottest ticket in North America right now as their nine-day tour of Canada begins to wrap up and the royal couple set their sights on a long weekend in California.
William will play in a charity-fundraising polo match at a Santa Barbara club Saturday and later the two will be guests of honor at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner in Los Angeles.
"I've had a lot of personal people call and be my best friend," said Nigel Lythgoe, chairman of the academy's Los Angeles chapter. "I've had to explain how it works, there's no tickets."
On Sunday, the royal couple is expected to attend an event for the conservation of African wildlife, visit an inner-city arts program and then a job fair.
Every A-list star is hoping to get a golden ticket to one of two receptions celebrating William and Kate's arrival so they can meet the duke and duchess. Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks are reportedly among the Hollywood elite invited to the celebrations for William and Kate.
"L.A. won't know what hit when the duke and duchess of Cambridge arrive," said Katie Nicholl, an ABC News contributor and author of "The Making of a Royal Romance."
After Surprising One Town, Will and Kate Steal Time For Themselves
Onlookers watched Prince William and Kate Middleton in awe Wednesday as the newlyweds spent what was supposed to be a day off, lifting spirits in the fire-ravaged town of Slave Lake in Alberta, Canada.
Even though the northern community was not on the official itinerary, the royal couple hoped to bring smiles to a town where more than 400 homes and businesses were lost to a forest fire in May.
"[Kate Middleton] wanted to make sure that the attention wasn't on her, the attention was on us," Kyle Paulson, a volunteer firefighter who lost the home that he and his wife raised their three children in, told the Toronto Star.
William and Kate did get some quiet time during their whirlwind tour Tuesday at Eagle Lake -- often called Honeymoon Lake -- to watch the midnight sunset.
The couple reportedly spent another evening alone on Wednesday night, after leaving Slave Lake, this time at the picturesque Lake Louise. According to The Associated Press, William and Kate spent a little one-on-one time together at Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park.
"We've seen I think probably the most romantic side to Prince William that we've ever seen," Katie Nicholl, an ABC News contributor and author of 'The Making of a Royal Romance' said. "He's suddenly just pulled out these romantic gestures and he whisked Kate away."
Royal Couple Take Part in Competitions, Meet With Fans
While most of the royal tour has been highly scripted, with each handshake and moment planned down to the finest detail, some warm moments between Prince William and Kate Middleton have made headlines throughout their trip through North America.
A brief embrace between the charming couple caused a stir among the crowds of people attending the royal events. It didn't seem like much, but for members of the British royal family, it was an unusual display of public affection.
"There's an old way of doing things, but William is going to do things his own way," said Arthur Edwards, the royal photographer for Britain's Sun newspapers.
The royal squeeze came moments after Prince William and Kate went head-to-head in a dragon boat race Monday on Dalvay Lake on Prince Edward Island. It initially looked as though Kate's team might win, but William's crossed the finish line first.
Some of the people in the crowd seemed disappointed by the Prince's win. Throughout the first five days of the trip, the cameras have been focused almost entirely on Kate. What she wears seems to make bigger news than anything William says.
The duchess donned skinny black jeans and a fleece pullover on the waterfront where Prince William, 29, seemed to command some attention of his own.
In a display of his piloting skills, the prince landed a Canadian Sea King helicopter on the lake more than a dozen times.
Her Royal Highness is Number 1 in Canada as Tour Continues
The royal couple continued to charm the local residents of Yellowknife Tuesday as they took part in Canada'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.
The players encouraged his attempts, though.
"He looked like he knew what he was doing," Calvin Lomen, 20, told the Associated Press. "I heard him say he doesn't know how to play, but it seemed like he had a natural talent if he practiced more."
The prince even asked the young goalie to let him get a free shot in. Lomen said he really tried not to block the shot, but somehow Lomen saved what was supposed to be an easy in.
One of the shots was aimed straight at the cameras and reporters stationed right behind the goal. The prince cheerfully laughed off his bad attempts.
Kate 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.