The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will carry out a Royal Tour of Canada next month, Clarence House confirmed. The royal couple will stop in Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.
This will be Charles’s 17th visit to Canada and the third for Camilla. Two years the royal couple travelled to New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan on a four-day tour. The couple visited Canada in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“I am pleased that Their Royal Highnesses will be joining us in a few months-time, as Canada enters a five-year period of significant national celebrations,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper commented in a news release.
“The focal point of the trip will be to mark the 1864 conferences in Charlottetown and Quebec City, which led Canada to confederation,” revealed CTV’s royal commentator Richard Berthelsen.
“This will be a major celebration on Prince Edward Island, so we’ll see P.E.I. figuring prominently in the trip,” Berthelseen said.
Halifax is the first stop on the Royal Tour. The Prince last toured Nova Scotia in 1983. This is his first visit for his wife.
The couple will also travel to Winnipeg, where The Prince has several regiments, including The Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the Lord Strathcona’s Horse.
Berthelsen stated that Canada will also be marking the outbreak of the First World War, “so we’ll see Halifax figuring in the visit because of course many of the Canadian troops embarked from Halifax.”
The final stop of the Royal tour will be in Winnipeg, which will include visits to Assiniboine Park and the Manitoba Legislative Building.
Premier Greg Selinger said in a statement:
“It will be my honour, on behalf of all Manitobans, to welcome the Prince of Wales back to our province and, for the first time, to welcome the Duchess of Cornwall. Our relationship with the Royal Family is a long and proud one. We are delighted that Their Royal Highnesses have decided to include our province in their next visit to Canada and we look forward to showcasing some of the best things Manitoba has to offer.”
In 1996 Charles last visited Manitoba. This will be the first time Camilla has been to the province.
2010 was the last time Manitoba had a Royal visit when Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh were in Winnipeg.
The trip was originally announced a few months back by the Canadian Governor General and Clarence House today published new details of the upcoming tour.