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William and Kate arrive in Whitehorse, begin Yukon tour with cultural celebration

Prince William and Kate took in a healthy dose of Yukon history and Indigenous culture during their 24-hour visit to the territory, which began Tuesday night.

Royal couple arrived at Whitehorse airport just after 6 p.m. PT, attended cultural celebration this evening

Prince William and Kate were greeted at the Whitehorse Airport Tuesday night by Reem Arafat, a young Syrian refugee who recently moved to Yukon, as well as hundreds of onlookers. (Cheryl Kawaja/CBC)

Prince William and Kate took in a healthy dose of Yukon history and Indigenous culture during their 24-hour visit to the territory, which began Tuesday night.

The royals touched down at Whitehorse International Airport just after 6 p.m. PT, where they were greeted with large crowds waving flags and hoping for a glimpse of Will and Kate. 

Reem Arafat, a Syrian refugee who recently moved to Whitehorse, and special Olympian Macey Hangartner presented flowers to the royal couple as they arrived on the tarmac.

William and Kate then inspected a guard composed of members of the Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers before being whisked off to the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for a "cultural celebration," featuring local musicians and performers, as well as First Nations art and other exhibits.

Prince William and Kate arrive in Whitehorse

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That event was closed to the public, but CBC live streamed it on its Yukon Facebook page.

Will and Kate's larger public events will happen on Wednesday, when the couple will visit the MacBride Museum of Yukon History and will stroll through downtown Whitehorse, where a street festival will be underway.

Yukon's Department of Education is arranging to bring hundreds of schoolchildren into the city's downtown to see the royals, from 15 different schools (including some as far away as Teslin, Carmacks and Haines Junction). 

Later Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess will head to Carcross, where they'll be hosted by the Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

CBC North live blogged the royals' arrival in Whitehorse Tuesday night.

With files from Cheryl Kawaja

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