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Prince William Hailed in Canada

March 24, 1998

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ The future king of England got a reception fit for a rock star Tuesday during a visit to a space center in Vancouver.

About 150 people, mostly screaming teen-age girls, were beside themselves when Britain’s 15-year-old Prince William and his 13-year-old brother Harry arrived at the museum during a visit this week to Canada.

Their father, Prince Charles, was busy with official functions.

Harry smiled at the crowd, but William looked aghast at the commotion.

Shannon Raimondo, 14, was near tears because she didn’t get close enough to William to deliver a bouquet and teddy bear.

``I love him so much,″ she said. ``He’s royalty. He’s so hot.″

Caroline Carter, 14, skipped school to get a look at the princes. She even planned to go to Whistler, a ski resort north of Vancouver, where the royal trio are planning to vacation until Saturday.

``Not to harass him,″ she said. ``Just to look for him. And make a huge effort to see him.″

Wolf whistles and delighted screams also greeted William when he got to a downtown hotel Monday, shortly after Charles and Harry arrived for a dinner with the lieutenant-governor.

The visit is William’s first trip abroad since his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in Paris last August. It’s also the first skiing holiday for the boys without her.

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