Photos: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and children arrive in Canada for their 8-day official tour

The royal family, William, Kate and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are pictured stepping off the plane together as they arrived in Canada for their eight day official tour.

They were received at Victoria by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire, Governor General David Johnson and his wife Sharon, British Columbia premiere Christy Clark and her son Hamish and Judith Guichon. More photos after the cut...

Prince William said he was delighted to bring his children to Canada to start their "lifetime of friendship" with the country. The adorable family was welcomed by thousands at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia where the Duke expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome.