Canada Royal Visit 2012: Tuesday 22nd May

The Canadian Government have invited The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on an official visit to Canada from the 20th to 23rd May. The visit celebrates The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.


  1. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Toronto last night, after a fantastic welcome to Canada in New Brunswick.

  2. As the theme of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee focuses on service to others, Their Royal Highnesses' morning in Canada today did just that.

  3. During a Diamond Jubilee Medals Ceremony, The Prince and Duchess handed out medals to those who, like The Queen, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country. The six medals (one given for each decade of Her Majesty's reign) ranged from  Rahul Singh, a paramedic who founded a humanitarian relief organisation, to Andrew Williams, a former marketing director at KPMG who left the corporate world to work as a programme officer at Yonge Street Mission, a youth project that His Royal Highness went on to visit this afternoon.
  4. Moving straight on from the ceremony, The Prince, who has a keen interest in promoting employment opportunities for young people and responsible business, entered in to the world of technology with a visit to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University where he met a number of innovative and creative young entrepreneurs who are helping to drive Ontario's high-tech future.

  5. Embracing the digital age, The Prince sent a tweet and came face to face with an extremely polite robot that bowed to His Royal Highness!
  6. Paddy Harverson, Communications Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses, speaks about the highlights of the visit below:
  7. His Royal Highness's charity The Prince's Youth Business International, aims to help young people start and grow their own business. You can find out more about the charity below:
  8. Following his visit to Ryerson University, The Prince had an exciting tour of the Pan/PanAmerican Athletes Village, meeting young Canadian athletes who hope to be participating in the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer.
  9. Meanwhile, The Duchess visited The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and inspected the Honour Guard. Her Royal Highness met soldiers and their families before laying a wreath in front of the regiment’s Memorial Wall to pay respect to Canadians who served our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    The visit was particularly important to The Duchess, as she became honorary Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment in 2010 and spoke movingly about her relationship with The Queen's Own Rifles in Canada during a speech today. It was the first time Her Royal Highness has been able to visit since becoming Colonel-in-Chief.
  10. Canada 2012: The Duchess of Cornwall gives a speech at The Queen's Own Rifles Canada
  11. You can find out more about The Duchess's role with the Armed Services below:
  12. Following a Diamond Jubilee reception hosted by the Premier of Ontario in the beautiful historic Distillery District of the city, The Prince visted the Yonge Street Mission to meet staff and people benefiting from the employment skills workshops offered at the facility, before jumping on a five minute bus ride to UforChange, a youth partnership providing a range of workshops for young people.
  13. Canada Royal Tour 2012: The Prince of Wales tries DJing at a UforChange workshop