Prince George and Princess Charlotte have secret petting zoo visit on Canada tour

Kate in Canada

Prince George and Princess Charlotte had a secret trip to a petting zoo in Canada

The royal children were taken to the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm by their nanny  on Tuesday while their mum and dad had a night away in the old gold rush town of Whitehorse in the Yukon.

The trip was not supposed to have been made public but Victoria Tourism tweeted about their visit .

But the tweet posted at 11.27amlocal time was public for only half an hour before it was mysteriously deleted.

While at the petting farm they reportedly saw goats. Kate and William were captivated by tiny Tagish dancers are they visited Carcross Commons today.

They enjoyed a ‘Raven’ and ‘wolf’ dance from a troupe of 4 to 7-year-olds dressed in traditional Tagish First Nation cloaks and headdresses.

Kate and William in Canada

Kate and William were captivated by tiny Tagish dancers are they visited Carcross Commons

The Duke and Duchess clapped and cheered as they experienced the ceremonial welcome beneath an elaborately carved totem pole.

They were welcomed to the town by Carcross Tagish nation chief Andy Carvill and wife Corrine who led them to a seating area in the Main Street for a Tagish nation welcome ceremony

“We are honoured to have you here as our honoured guests.

“We’d like to open with our Dakhka Khwaan dance group who are world renowned” Mr Carvill said.

The troupe danced down the street, banging drums on their elaborate button cloaks, masks and moccasins.

At one one point the lead dancer, his face elaborately painted, apologised to VIPS at the front (not K&W) as they got so close.

“Sorry guys, didn’t know you were going to be there” he laughed.

Kate and William in Canada

Kate and William enjoyed a ‘Raven’ and ‘wolf’ dance from a troupe of 4 to 7-year-olds

Kate and William laughed and smiled as a male dancer with a crow’s head and another with a wolf’s head had a pretend fight and feathers flew out of the ‘crow’s’ mouth

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Then it was the turn of the children.

Ten “pre schoolers” aged between four and seven (eight boys and two girls) held crow and Raven wings as they did a “Raven dance”.

At one point William pointed out a little boy at the back who was ‘crowing’ at his friend and Kate giggled.

They sung in their Tlingit First Nation language before starting a “wolf” song where they all roared, much to the royal couple’s delight.

Then it was a “goodbye” song in Tlingit.

Chief Carvill them appealed tot when couple for help in getting First Nation governments recognised:

He said: “I know you’re going to love the view on Montana mountain and meet the youth.

“We’re honoured you’re here to meet the elders. We have struggled as a nation but we’re coming out the other side, with our culture, songs and dances.

“We ask that you assist us and help us to build that relationship with the crown.

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Kate was left beaming by the performance

“We’re still looking for recognition, protection of our land and our peoples.

“We need to protect this land and this beauty.

“We’re optimistic that we can do that for the children who were dancing and singing here.

“We want the recognition as a government.”

Then he presented the couple with a 22 inch killer whale totem pole, created by master craftsman Keith Wolfe-Smarch, whom the couple met later.