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Day One: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Canada

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Canada. Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit by the Canadian government and are undertaking three days of engagements which celebrate Canadian achievement past and future.

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  1. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Canada at the beginning of their three-day visit to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.
  2. Their Royal Highnesses were met at Halifax International Airport by the Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay before travelling to Government House where they were welcomed by Governor General David Johnston. The Governor General is The Queen's representative in Canada.
  3. As a new addition to an already busy programme for Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince was today sworn in as a Privy Councillor.  Earlier today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of His Royal Highness to The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His Royal Highness was sworn in as a Privy Councillor during an audience with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Government House, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Privy Councillors are members of The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, established under the Constitution Act, 1867 to advise the Government of Canada.  The Privy Council includes all past and present Ministers, as well as a number of select persons honoured for their contributions to Canada.  Members are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
  4. Here is a Flickr gallery of the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses...
  5. Their Royal Highnesses' visit will begin in earnest tomorrow, with engagements in Halifax, Pictou County and Prince Edward Island, with an emphasis on Remembrance and supporting current members of the Armed Forces.


  6. The day will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony and reception with military families, and later in the day The Prince and The Duchess will meet veterans at Pier 21, from which almost half a million Canadians departed for England to serve in the Second World War:
  7. An Introduction to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  8. The Prince and The Duchess will also visit the picturesque Pictou County before spending the evening at Victoria Day celebrations on Prince Edward Island. Victoria Day marks Queen Victoria's birthday and the start of the transition into summer in Canada.

    Other highlights of the visit include an engagement at Immanuel School by The Duchess of Cornwall following a series of letters from pupils asking her to stop by during her time in Canada:
  9. And His Royal Highness will meet Hudson the polar bear during a visit to the Polar Bear Conservation Centre at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
  10. During his 15 visits to Canada, The Prince of Wales has visited every Province and, counting his visits to communities in Nunavut that took place before its creation in 1999, every Territory as well. View a gallery of photographs of photographs from previous Royal Visits to Canada:
  11. During this visit, The Prince and The Duchess will tour six communities: Halifax and Pictou County in Nova Scotia (18th and 19th May); Charlottetown, Bonshaw and Cornwall in Prince Edward Island (19th and 20th May) and Winnipeg in Manitoba (20th and 21st May).

    Speaking about the visit, Shelley Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages said:

    'The 2014 Royal Tour of Their Royal Highnesses will not only highlight Canada’s achievements and our shared heritage, but will also look to the future of Canada and how we will continue together to build a country that is the envy of the world.'
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