The Duke and Duchess hear from @ShewayBC mothers about their experiences of overcoming addiction #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/LSNBxxRMlz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 The Duchess wore a red and white embroidered dress by Alexander McQueen, with a double tiered skirt, paired with red stilettos.After their glamorous arrival on Saturday, the Duke and Duchess got down to business with a series of visits to charities and deserving causes.The Duke said the couple were keen to gain an insight into how Canada dealt with some of the pressing issues of today during their tour, from immigration to the environment. The Prince raised a smile among admirers after arriving at the airport, shyly declining to take Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, up on his offer of a high five. The three-year-old Prince has been spotted peering eagerly out of the window of the plane as it taxied down the runway. Princess Charlotte sported a small graze on her knee, smiling and attempting a royal wave during her first moments of her debut overseas tour.At an official ceremony at the parliament in Victoria, the Duchess spoke warmly of her children, who had been left behind at Government House for bedtime. The Duchess told a group of mothers at the round table discussion: “What you’re all carrying as mothers and what you’ve all been through, is a huge, huge burden and just being able to come here and share your stories with us and each other is amazing. “You’re giving your children an amazing chance by coming here and being able to talk about your stories.”The couple spent time at charity Sheway after making a dramatic arrival in Vancouver, complete with seaplane, ear protectors and a bespoke designer dress.The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband touched down in Coal Harbour in front of a waiting crowd of thousands to begin the second day of their Canadian tour. The children, she said, had been: “Super excited about the fact they were going to sleep on a plane.”She told one first-time mother, who brought her six-month-old daughter along, that her job would “get better” as the little girl grew older.Monique Girard, a 23-year-old full time mother originally from South Africa, said the Duchess had offered her some advice for her six-month-old daughter, Scarlett, whom she was carrying in a sling.”She asked me about Scarlett and how old she was. When I said six months, she said that after this stage it will get easier. It will get better.”It was so nice.” Thandi Williams, director of operations, told the local Times Colonist newspaper: “Trust me, we’re just trying to think what might they like to do while they’re here and what would be amusing to children of that age.“Some of the trinkets, and so on, that we might have around on display on a regular basis might be removed just in case little hands want to touch.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk down the aircraft stepsCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen dressCredit:Stephen Lock/ i-Images Loreen Topping added: “She [the duchess] told me she wished she had brought Prince George down tonight because he would have loved all the lights.”Aurora Vandall, a 36-year-old mother of a nine-month-old from Victoria, said she had spoken to the Duke to welcome him to Canada.”He said ‘I hope the children aren’t tearing up Government House right now’,” she disclosed. The first official event of the Canadian Royal tour was something of a family affair altogether. After a few moments to pose for photographs, the family got into waiting cars to travel in convoy to British Columbia’s Government House, where they will be based during the nine-day stay.While the military air base was closed to the public for the arrival, the main roads were lined with hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers as the cars travelled in convoy to their new temporary home. The Duchess wore a blue Jenny Packham dress and the Queen’s maple leaf brooch in honour of her surroundings. Her wardrobe will be closely studied by fans of fashion during the tour.During her 2011 visit, she was widely praised for her fashion diplomacy after wearing a bespoke red maple leaf hat by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & co. during the Canada Day celebrations, often pinned the 11-point maple leaf brooch, first worn by the Queen’s mother during her tour of Canada in 1939. When asked about her own children, she said: “They’re doing well. “I just can’t believe how quickly they’re growing, it’s amazing how the time goes.”Hailey Cain, five, gave the royal couple a teddy each, with a customised red and black vests for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. “Thank you so much, Charlotte will love this, she loves her teddies,” said the Duchess. “George too, he’s a big fan, thank you so much,” the Duke added. “You’re all such well behaved children, I’m so impressed!” After seeing the children settled in, the Duke and Duchess then travelled to an official welcoming ceremony at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, where they are due to attend the unveiling of a plaque at the Cenotaph, enjoy a welcome performance from traditional dancers, and meet military veterans including a competitor from the Invictus Games. It was the first day of activity for the Duke and Duchess together, after the decidedly family feel of their first day.The couple had spent much of their Saturday evening engagement speaking about their excited children, who had charmed Canadian dignitaries after landing in Victoria. The Duchess said Prince George and Princess Charlotte had been “super excited” about their trip on an airplane together, while the Duke joked he hoped they were not “tearing up” Government House in their absence. They may have a little helping hand from a nanny and more resources than most people could dream of, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not immune to the surprises of parenthood.The couple bonded with fellow mothers and fathers today, as they embarked on the serious business of their Canadian tour. Visiting Sheway, a charity which helps mothers struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in Vancouver, the Duke and Duchess spoke of their two children, their babyhood wriggling and unexpected nappy changes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie (third left) greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte,Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess was delighted to receive teddies for her childrenCredit:Arthur Edwards /Reuters The Duke and Duchess chatted parenting as they visited VancouverCredit:Arthur Edwards /Reuters The Duchess was dressed in the colours of the Canadian flagCredit:Andrew Parsons /i-Images The staff of British Columbia’s Government House have also been busy child-proofing their mansion for the arrival of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Electrical sockets have been covered, ornaments and trinkets moved out of reach and wooden toys and snacks placed in the children’s guest rooms. It is rumoured a sandbox has also been installed for the children’s entertainment, with rubber ducks already floating in the ponds of the house. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, CanadaCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA They had to wear earplugs on the sea planeCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters At the tender age of 16 months, a smiling Princess Charlotte appeared already to have wrapped dignitaries and the watching world alike around her little fingers within moments of touching down on her first overseas tour.The Princess and her brother Prince George charmed a line of Canadian politicians with a shy wave, as they landed in Victoria, British Columbia, for the first moments of their much-anticipated visit. Princess Charlotte, who wore a pale blue dress, was carried down the steps by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, holding onto her for reassurance.Prince George, three, held the Duke’s hand as he carefully climbed down to the tarmac, looking a little wary and clutching his mother’s skirt before becoming absorbed with his new admirers and the military base around him. “It was very smooth flying,” said a royal aide. “They spent a lot looking out of the window and talking to the pilot. The duke was very interested in the landing and the different conditions they work in. “They spent a lot of time looking at the incredible views from both sides of the plane.”They went on to greet crowds at Jack Poole Plaza, revisiting wolf whistles and cheers as well as flowers, children’s books, a teddy bear and, unexpectedly, a book on the royal family. TRH meet @ShewayBC staff and mothers & their children benefitting from the charity’s services #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/BtzbeK39xZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images We couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome to Canada from the people of Victoria! #RoyalVisitCanada 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/OqSsWX7hcj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 After a few moments greeting dignitaries including Mr Trudeau and his wife Sophie, the young Prince warmed up to wave enthusiastically at the cameras.Princess Charlotte too, with the encouragement of her mother, attempted to wave her hand before gazing around her at her new surroundings.The Duchess kept a close eye on three-year-old George, at one point asking him whether he was “okay” as she crouched down to stroke his hair. Wearing a made-to-order Alexander McQueen dress, the Duchess set out as she meant to go on in the fashion diplomacy stakes with her red and white embroidered outfit honouring the nation’s flag. The dress, from McQueen’s Resort 2017 collection, is not yet on sale, but similar styles retail for £1500-£2000.The seaplane, a new experience for the royal couple on their official engagements, saw them don earplugs for the 35-minute journey in the 18-seater Twin Otter. The Duke is also expected to make a speech, addressing Canadians in person for the first time since he and the Duchess undertook their 2011 tour as newlyweds. The couple will be greeted by Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. The nation has already promised a warm welcome for the young family of four, with local newspapers proclaiming Victoria “buzzing with excitement” over their visit.Etiquette experts have been offering members of the public guidelines about how to behave among royalty, including the safe advice to to tell “hey Kate” to the Duchess or make any jokes “ever”. The Royals have been greeted with delight in CanadaCredit:Andrew Parsons/i-Images One of the mothers arrived slightly late to the session holding her baby, telling the Duke and Duchess: “Sorry, we just had a little accident to clear up before meeting you,” she said. “No worries at all, we know all about that,” the Duke replied.The couple watched a baby weighing session, with three-month-old Jasmine Hydrochuk and her mother. The Duchess told Ms Hydrochuk: “She is so incredibly sweet and I can’t believe how good she is. Whenever we used to put George or Charlotte on the scales, they would never stay still.” The tour is the latest in a long line of successful visits from the British Royal family, and the four official trip for the Duke.In 1998, the then 15-year-old Prince William was said to have been surprised by the extent of so-called “Wills mania”, as teenage girls flocked to catch the eye of the Queen’s grandson.The Duke and Duchess last visited together in 2011 as newlyweds, with the Duke telling a crowd the trip had surpassed “all that we were promised”. Among the highlights of this tour will be a trip around the territory of Yukon, where the Duke and Duchess will go fishing, mountain biking, sightseeing and meet First Nations communities.But they will also undertake some grittier outings, learning how the country is coping with social problems like mental health issues, the refugee fallout from the Syrian conflict and drug and alcohol addiction among young mothers.