Royals' tour touches fire-ravaged northern Alberta

Wed Jul 6, 2011 7:28pm EDT
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SLAVE LAKE, Alberta (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and Kate took a side trip on their royal newlyweds' tour of Canada on Wednesday to visit Slave Lake, Alberta, which was devastated by wildfires in the spring.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured a severely damaged part of the northern Alberta town, where burned out shells of buildings are all that are left following the May 16 inferno.

More than a third of the structures in the town of 7,000 people went up in flames.

William and Kate met for about an hour at a nearby college with residents who lost their homes. Then they greeted some of the thousands of royal-watchers who descended on the town.

The couple is due to attend festivities at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday and Friday before ending their Canadian tour and heading to California.

(Reporting by Andy Clark, writing by Jeffrey Jones)

<p>Britain's Prince William (C) and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit a fire-devastated town in Slave Lake, Alberta July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Large/Pool</p>