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British Royal Couple Visits Eastern Canada After Quebec Protests


Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the airport in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, July 3, 2011.

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the airport in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, July 3, 2011.

Britain's Prince William and his wife, Princess Catherine, have traveled to Canada's Prince Edward Island as part of their nine-day tour of the country, after facing small protests in Quebec City.

The couple attended a welcome reception Sunday night in Charlottetown, and are scheduled to attend a search-and-rescue demonstration on Monday.

A small group of demonstrators protesting against the British monarchy turned out Sunday in Quebec City. Canada is part of the Commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth as its head.

Police kept the 200 protesters away from the celebration welcoming the future British king and queen, whose formal titles are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Protesters also met the couple at their earlier stop in Montreal. Anti-British sentiment is strongest in the French-speaking province of Quebec.

This is William and Catherine's first overseas trip since their April wedding. They arrived in the Canadian capital of Ottawa last week and also stopped in Montreal, paying tribute to Canadian soldiers and touring historic sites.

The couple will travel Monday to the Northwest Territories, and wrap up their Canadian visit in Alberta before heading to the western U.S. state of California.

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