As a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Prince Charles and Camilla--the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, will conduct a royal tour of Canada from May 20th through the 23rd. Announced officially today by Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian heritage and Official Languages, Prince Charles’ May visit will commence the 16th time his Royal Highness has toured Canada.
“We are delighted that Their Royal Highnesses will join Canadians in celebrating the 60th anniversary of her Majesty’s reign as Queen of Canada,” said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “Occasions such as this are rare. The only other time Canada celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of a reigning King or Queen was for Queen Victoria in 1897. We welcome the Royal Couple and look forward to showing them some of the best of what Canada has to offer.”
The theme of the 2012 Royal Tour is “For Queen and Country: Service to Canada—A Royal and a National Value,” reflected in the program which highlights Canadian’s service to their communities. Prince Charles will present the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals as a part of the Royal Tour.
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Visiting New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canadians will be able to see Their Royal Highnesses on May 21st at the official welcome to Canada in Oromocto or at the Victoria Day celebration in Saint John, New Brunswick. On May 22nd, Their Royal Highnesses can be seen during their arrival to Queen’s Park in Toronto and finally on May 23rd, the public is invited to view their arrival to the Saskatchewan Legislature or their arrival at the First Nations University in Regina.
Other tour highlights include Victoria Day fireworks, a meeting with the National Leadership of Assembly of First Nations, a military event commemorating the War of 1812, the celebration of the centennial of Regina’s Assembly building and a performance by the Regina Symphony Orchestra.