Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit forest fire victims

Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit forest fire victims

06 July 2011

published by www.telegraph.co.uk    


Canada — Prince William and his wife Kate see for themselves the devastation caused by a forest fire two months ago after deciding to make an unscheduled visit to Alberta, Canada.

Around 40 per cent of the buildings in Slave Lake were reduced to ashes when the wildfire hit on May 15.

There were no deaths in the town, named after the native people there known as the Slavey, thanks to the rapid evacuation of the town’s 7,000 residents – the largest such displacement in the province’s history.

Most of Slave Lake’s 7,000 residents have turned out to see the royal couple, some holding banners saying: “We love you for coming.”

At the front of the crowd was Maria Sharpe, 28, who lost most of her possessions in the fire.

One of the only mementos she has left of her home is a photograph taken on royal wedding day when she and her friends had a party to celebrate.


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