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The future king’s speech

July 6, 2011

William spoke in four languages in Yellowknife, greeting people in French, English, Dene and Inuvialuktun. language. Here’s what he said:

Thank you, Premier. Merci, Monsieur le premier ministre.

It’s great to be here north of 60. This place is what Canada is all about: vast open beauty, tough, resilient, friendly, peoples – true nature, true humanity. Thank you, Chiefs, for this heartfelt welcome – and thanks to all of you who have travelled such great distances to join us today. Catherine and I are deeply honoured.

We have been here just 12 hours, but we have already sensed the extraordinary potential and the irrepressible spirit of adventure that marks out the peoples of the Territories and defines this land. We are so excited to be here.

Mahsi cho. Quyanaq. Merci a tous. Thank you very much.
Mahsi cho is Dene.
Quyanaq is Inuvialuktun.

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