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Prince George only has eyes for one thing: his seaplane

By Hannah Furness

He may be a future king with thousands of people turning out just to to catch a glimpse of him.

But three-year-old Prince George only had eyes for one thing as he departed from the Royal tour of Canada this weekend: his plane.

The young Prince and his sister Princess Charlotte were beside themselves with excitement at the prospect of boarding a seaplane at Victoria, straining at their parents' hands as they toddled towards it.

The Prince was photographed with his nose pressed firmly against the glass to get the best view, before being allowed to sit in the cockpit to play with the controls with the pilot.

/Prince George of Cambridge looks out of the window of a sea plane as he departs Victoria. Photo / Getty Images
/Prince George of Cambridge looks out of the window of a sea plane as he departs Victoria. Photo / Getty Images

His parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have spoken about the Prince's love of vehicles during their tour, disclosing he adores toy tractors, would be "obsessed" with a fire engine, and had been "super excited" to sleep on a plane on his way over the Atlantic.

In their final moments on Canadian soil, the Prince and Princess Charlotte, 17 months old, enchanted crowds at Victoria Harbour, Canada, as they performed well-rehearsed royal waves to the assembled crowds.

After appearing to snub Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, at the start of his visit, the three-year-old Prince appeared equally confused after being offered a high five by a nine-year-old boy carrying a bouquet of flowers for his mother.

But he went on to dutifully speak to dignitaries on the dock and shake hands with the Governor General, before turning his attentions firmly towards getting on the plane.

It was later reported that he had been allowed to play in the cockpit of the plane once it had landed safely at Victoria's military base, with the Vancouver Sun stating the "royal seaplane pilot said curious Prince George couldn't wait to get his fingers on the buttons."

The Prince told pilot Shawn Stewart he was going to "fly us to England" as he had fun in the co-pilot seat.

Duke of Cambridge, said: "We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada.

"This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit."

He added: "Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week.

"We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person."

In honour of the trip, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, last night announced his government will bestow a gift of $100,000 on behalf of the royal family, which will be divided equally the Prince's Charities Canada and Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia.

"Canadians have a real affection for the Royal family which was once again very much on display during this tour," said Mr Trudeau.

- Daily Telegraph UK

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