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Princess Charlotte takes first steps, speaks first words in public at party

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- Princess Charlotte spoke her first public word and took her first steps in public on Thursday as she and brother Prince George played in a children’s party with Prince William and Kate.

The 1-year-old Charlotte immediately bee-lined for some colorful balloons before heading to the petting zoo for some time with the goats, sheep, rabbits and miniature horses. She was overheard saying, “Pop pop!” and “Dada,” reports People​. She also had a great time petting a therapy dog at the party. 

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge plays with a dog named Moose at a children’s party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.  Chris Jackson/Getty Images

George sat on his father’s knee before warming up to the party at a bubble-blowing station, chasing bubbles and blowing a few of his own. He used a squirt gun while William picked up a wand to make huge bubbles.

The royals arrived in Canada last Saturday. George left Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hanging on a high-five attempt at the airport.

The kids are staying behind at Victoria’s Government House, the location for the party with military families, while their parents tour British Columbia and the Yukon.

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Prince George of Cambridge plays with bubbles at a children’s party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.  Chris Jackso/ Getty Images

Children’s entertainer Paul Kilshaw, 53, made several balloons for the prince and princess. A flower and teddy bear for Charlotte and a spider, monkey on a tree and volcano for George.

He said George asked for a spider, which he’d never had to make before, but he used a penguin body and added eight legs. 

“The volcano was an interesting trip, too. (Prince George) asked for a volcano. He was very proud to tell me all about volcanos. I started making it, I said ‘I’ll put orange and red fire from it,’ and he said ‘And that’s lava.’”

Submariner Andrew Matheson said his daughters, Lily and Isabelle, and his wife Kristy met the royal couple and their children. Isabelle and Prince George chased bubbles together, said Kristy.

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Prince George of Cambridge plays with bubbles at a children’s party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.   Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Andrew said William and Kate talked about keeping a busy schedule with their responsibilities and juggling children.

“We both kind of acknowledged the fact that regardless of where you are looking, one eye is always kind of focused on your children,” he said. “So to see that side of the Royal Family was great. It was absolutely amazing.”

Asked if they mentioned whether George and Charlotte were enjoying themselves, Andrew said: “They did. They said they were having a great time, absolutely. They enjoy where they are staying here. They love Victoria. The weather’s fantastic.”

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