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Royal couple gets sunny welcome

September 27, 2016 3:45 P.M.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on tour in Kelowna Tuesday. (Jennifer Zielinski)

By CASTANET STAFF

UPDATED: 3:22 p.m.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed to Whitehorse, Yukon, after stopping at Mission Hill Winery for the final leg of their short Kelowna trip. 

The couple's large motorcade whipped through the streets of Kelowna, from UBC Okanagan to the West Kelowna winery, with an RCMP escort.

At the winery, the royals were treated to food from local and B.C. celebrity chefs, and took in the views of the sunny Okanagan day from Mission Hill. 

The duke and duchess were also given a tour of the cellar, where Mission Hill ages its wines. 


UPDATED: 1:40 p.m.

The five minute volleyball game ended at 1:35 p.m., and three volleyball students presented the duke and duchess with their very own jerseys.

The couple took several minutes to chat with the athletes after the game, and then left the gym at 1:40 p.m.


UPDATED: 1:35 p.m.

The royal couple entered UBC Okanagan's gym to loud applause and cheering.

Kate is wearing a green Dolce & Gabbana dress, while William is sporting a blue blazer and khaki pants.

The exhibition volleyball game began at 1:30 p.m.


UPDATED: 1:25 p.m.
 
The royals are now heading to the UBC Okanagan gym, where they will meet the school's varsity athletes and take in a UBC Okanagan women's volleyball game. 
 
The gym is packed with 1,500 students, there to to see the royal couple and the game. Students in the gym were chosen by a lottery system.


ORIGINAL: 1:13 p.m.

Their motorcade pulled up minutes ago, and the royals walked through a cheering crowd.

Formal welcome ceremonies have begun.

Crowds started forming on campus hours ago, as royal watchers and fans waited patiently for their arrival.

Castanet will update this story throughout the royals' visit.

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