On tour of the Commonwealth Realm of Canada, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a youth Parliament meeting.
The royals are on a four-day tour of Canada, which saw them go to Province House, which held the Charlottetown Conference, a step towards the creation of Canada; it is the second oldest legislative building in the country.
The Prince and Duchess’s visit recognised youth input in Canada, which hopes to encourage responsibility in future. Charles and Camilla met with 15 members of the 2014 Youth Parliament, all of whom are are high school or university students who have been legislative pages with the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I). Most have also been part of other model parliaments organized annually by the Rotary Clubs of the province.
All participants were invited to participate in the 2014 Youth Parliament on the basis of their academic achievements, sports activities, volunteer efforts and leadership skills. They come from communities across Prince Edward Island.
The royal couple had the chance discuss the value of model parliaments, and Prince Charles made a speech. on which he drew on The Queen’s speech in 1992.
The Queen said: “You have inherited a country that is uniquely worth preserving. I call on you all to cherish this inheritance and protect it with all your strength.”
“I have every confidence Canadians took her words to heart,” Prince Charles said. They landed in Halifax on Sunday evening and toured the province before stopping in Prince Edward Island.
Prince Charles later visited Bonshaw Provincial Park Tuesday while his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was going to meet with staff and residents of Prince Edward Home, a long-term care facility that tries to make the experience as ‘homelike’ as possible. The Royal couple would then visit Cornwall where, he said, “We couldn’t possibly feel more at home.”